If you don’t have dinner plans for tonight, I’ve got you covered. Whether you’re reading this on the day I publish it, Cinco de Mayo, or some random Tuesday in July, these Sweet Potato and Black Bean Burgers are a good idea.
I’m of the camp that veggie and/or bean burgers are always a good idea. It’s probably my #1 most ordered item when I go to restaurants. Without a doubt, I prefer a good veggie burger to a good hamburger.
I know not everyone agrees with the whole veggie burgers > hamburgers assessment, but even if you don’t, I think you’ll love these.
I wanted to make them as simple as possible. Even though I adore these Beet Burgers, they are a bit of a process. These Sweet Potato and Black Bean Burgers are pretty simple. The most “difficult” part is getting the sweet potatoes and quinoa that’s used to make them cooked. If you’re a food prepper, cook them both on Sunday or whatever day you do your food prep. If you stay home during the day, roast those babies in the oven and cook the quinoa while you’re doing something else. If you’re rushing to get dinner done and the sweet potatoes aren’t cooked, use the microwave. They’ll be done before your quinoa is cooked. I know, I know. The microwave isn’t the “healthiest” option, but hey, something has got to give sometimes, you know?
Once you’ve the tators and quinoa cooked, you’re golden. Mix up the rest of the ingredients and you’re a few minutes away from feasting on Sweet Potato and Black Bean Burgers.
I flavored these with some of my favorite Mexican-inspired spices and herbs. It’s perfect for Cinco de Mayo or anyday you’re craving those flavors. Fresh cilantro, chili powder, and cumin, along with a hint of lime. Pretty much my favorites together.
I’m not saying it’s mandatory, but it’s an excellent idea to top your burg with some fresh guacamole. This is my absolute all-time favorite recipe that always gets rave reviews.
I pan fry these in a little bit of oil, which gets them crispy on the outside. They stay tender on the inside, but not totally mushy. They are veggie and bean burgers, so they don’t have the texture of a hamburger, but they are firm enough to stay together. If you want to bake them, that’s fine, they just won’t have that nice crispy exterior.
I also served these with some cold beer, because it just seemed like the right thing to do. The healthier option would be to exclude the beer, but a cold beer with a veggie burger tastes so good! Moderation.
These burgs are vegan and gluten-free (you’d need to get a gluten-free bun, of course) and 100% satisfying. All I think they need is a nice salad for a side dish and you’ve got yourself a meal. Add I hope you love them!
- 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed meal+3 tablespoons water (or 1 egg)
- 1 cup cooked mashed sweet potato (from 1 large or 2 smaller sweet potatoes)
- ½ cup cooked quinoa
- 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
- ¼ cup loosely packed fresh chopped cilantro
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- ½ teaspoon ground cumin
- ½ teaspoon oregano
- ⅛ teaspoon garlic salt
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- oil (I like avocado oil for this)
- Mix together your flaxseed meal and water and set it aside until it gels.
- Place all ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Use a potato masher or the back of a large spoon to mash the beans, leaving a few in tact for texture.
- In a large skillet, heat a thin layer of oil over medium high heat.
- Form the sweet potato mixture into 6 patties.
- When the skillet is hot enough to sizzle, add the patties, in batches if necessary. Cook on one side until a crispy exterior is formed, about 5-7 minutes.
- Carefully flip each patty and cook an additional 5 minutes on the second side.
- Serve with your favorite toppings like guacamole. Enjoy!
Note: The prep time does not include cooking time for sweet potato and quinoa.