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.
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 MyFitnessPal.com, 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, adapted from Edible Perspective
- 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!