Black Bean Sweet Potato Burgers

7 Jul

Summer is full of get togethers, especially the type that involve a grill and lots of cold brews. When everyone else is cooking up brats and burgers, you don’t have to feel left out in your meatlessness – you just might have to bring your own deliciousness! And that’s exactly what I did for a recent block party cookout.

Black Bean Sweet Potato Burgers |

These burgers are chock full of veggies, flavor, and nutrients. They don’t take terribly long to prep, and can easily be baked, pan-fried or grilled. Plus, the recipe makes 8 patties – enough for you to share with your neighbors, or perfect for grilling up during the week when you don’t want to spend your summer evenings in the kitchen.

Bonus: according to the recipe calculator on, each burger is only 130 calories, has 2 grams of fat, 5 grams each of fiber and protein, and only 19 grams of carbohydrates! Talk about healthy 🙂

Black Bean Sweet Potato Burgers |

Black Bean Sweet Potato Burgers, adapted from Edible Perspective

Serves 8

  • 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled, cubed, boiled and mashed
  • 1 can (1.5 C) black beans, rinsed
  • 1/2 C corn (I used frozen)
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tsp chili flakes
  • 1 tbsp oregano
  • 1/2 C cooked quinoa
  • 6 tbsp ground oats
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

Preheat oven to 375 if baking or grilling (you’ll need to par-bake them if grilling). Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

Bring water to boil in a medium sized pot. Boil cubed potato, uncovered, until soft (15-20 min).

Cook quinoa at the same time if not using leftover cooked quinoa.

In the meantime, put black beans, corn, onion and garlic into a food processor and blend until well combined – you’ll want to retain some of the texture.

Drain cooked potato and transfer to a large bowl. Add all spices and mash completely. Add in black bean mixture, quinoa, ground oats and olive oil – mix well to combine.

Form mixture into patties with your hands. They should be the size of a typical burger, and you’ll get 8 of them. Place on lined pan.

If baking: bake on each side for 15 minutes.

If grilling: first bake on each side for 10 minutes. Then grill for 3 minutes on each side. These can easily be prepared ahead of time!

Black Bean Sweet Potato Burgers |


9 Responses to “Black Bean Sweet Potato Burgers”

  1. Marisa @ Uproot from Oregon July 7, 2014 at 8:25 am #

    I love all the flavors here! Definitely a delicious lunch or dinner!

    • xtinaluvspink July 7, 2014 at 8:31 am #

      Thanks! I’m glad I have leftovers….yummy lunches this week for sure!

  2. Meme @ Living Well Kitchen July 7, 2014 at 3:48 pm #

    These look delish! I’m glad to know they can be made ahead of time 🙂

  3. Tashiana July 16, 2014 at 12:53 pm #

    These look so good, it’s taking me ages to actually make a veggie sweet potato burger!! You have inspired me to go for it asap! Deliciosaaaa

    • xtinaluvspink July 16, 2014 at 12:54 pm #

      Yay! These were actually really quite easy. A bit of work to prep all the ingredients, but once everything was ready, I just mixed and baked, and boom! Veggie burger heaven 🙂 These are also super amazing as leftovers – just heat up oil in a pan, cook on each side for 2 minutes, and you have a perfect meal ready to go.

      • Tashiana July 16, 2014 at 1:10 pm #

        Ahh I will have to try this asap then, I can’t wait to write about it! 🙂 x

      • xtinaluvspink July 16, 2014 at 2:04 pm #

        Fantastic!! I look forward to your thoughts on these burgers 🙂

        P.S. if you’re not vegan, these taste pretty amazing with pepper jack cheese melted on top.


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