February 9, 2018
Vegan Black Bean and Sweet Potato Burgers

sweet potato and black bean burger patty

I first made this black bean and sweet potato burger over 4 years ago and it’s the one veggie burger that I keep coming back to over and over again. Not only is it super flavorful and hearty, it also holds together without an excess of breadcrumbs or eggs.

I find that’s the problem with most homemade veggie burgers; they are either too mushy or packed with too much breadcrumbs to hold them together that they lack any real flavor. As a bonus, this one is vegan and gluten-free, relying on brown rice and rolled oats as binders instead. I’ve just started going through some of my older posts and updating them again and this is the first one I’m resharing.

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There is just something so perfect about creamy, slightly sugary sweet potatoes and hearty black beans. Add a bit of cumin and chili powder and you’ve got a winning combination for a zillion different creations, especially this sweet potato & black bean burger.

The best thing about this patty is that it’s perfect the day of or made ahead of time and placed in the freezer. Since I love the convenience of frozen burgers, I tend to make a bunch of these to have for dinner that night and freeze for later.

open face sweet potato and black bean patty on a bun cast iron skillet with three sweet potato and black bean veggie burger patties

Do you ever make your own burger patties? What are your favorite flavor combinations?

If you try this recipe, let me know! Leave a comment, rate it, and tag your Instagram photos with #delishknowledge . I absolutely love seeing your creations. Happy cooking! 

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Vegan and Gluten-Free Black Bean & Sweet Potato Burgers

  • Author: Alex Caspero MA, RD
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hours 45 minutes
  • Yield: 6 burgers 1x
  • Category: entree, burger, sandwich, dinner, lunch
  • Cuisine: healthy, vegetarian, vegan

Description

Sweet Potato Black Bean Burgers! Vegan and gluten-free patty! You’ve gotta try this healthy plant-based veggie burger, holds together without breadcrumbs and perfectly spiced! 


  • Author: Alex Caspero MA, RD
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hours 45 minutes
  • Yield: 6 burgers 1x
  • Category: entree, burger, sandwich, dinner, lunch
  • Cuisine: healthy, vegetarian, vegan
  • Author: Alex Caspero MA, RD
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hours 45 minutes
  • Yield: 6 burgers 1x
  • Category: entree, burger, sandwich, dinner, lunch
  • Cuisine: healthy, vegetarian, vegan
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Ingredients

  • 2 cups cubed peeled sweet potato
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 3/4 cup brown rice, cooked
  • 1 15 oz. can black beans (rinsed and drained)
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp. cumin powder
  • 1 tbsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper 
  • 8 burger buns
  • Toppings: lettuce, tomato, avocado

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Peel and dice the sweet potatoes, toss with 1 tbsp. olive oil and pinch salt/pepper. Add sweet potatoes to a baking pan and roast for 30-40 minutes until soft
  3. While the potatoes are cooking, make the rice. Set aside. 
  4. In a food processor, add the oats, cumin, chili powder, paprika, cayenne and pulse 10 times.
  5. Place the spice and oat mixture into a large bowl.
  6. Add the sweet potato, brown rice, black beans, red onion and garlic to the bowl of the food processor and grind until combined and slightly chunky. You don’t want it to be completely pureed but it should be able to stick together fairly easily.
  7. Add the sweet potato mixture to the oat mixture along with the minced cilantro and stir together until combined. Place the mixture into the fridge for at least 20 minutes to cool and form an easier patty.
  8. Preheat a non-stick pan (preferably cast-iron) to medium heat. Lightly oil with more olive oil or with cooking spray. 
  9. Scoop out ~1/2 cup of the mixture and form into a patty. Place patty into the pre-heated pan and cook for 4-5 minutes per side until crispy and lightly-browned.
  10. Place on toasted bun and serve with toppings of choice. 

Notes

For completely gluten-free burger, use a gluten-free bun and certified gluten-free oats. 


Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 patty
  • Calories: 270
  • Sugar: 4 g
  • Sodium: 550 mg
  • Fat: 4 g
  • Carbohydrates: 50 g
  • Fiber: 11 g
  • Protein: 10 g

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Meet Alex Caspero

Alex Caspero is a Registered Dietitian, Plant-Based Chef and Yoga Instructor. She aims to cut through the nutrition noise by providing real-life, nourishing tips for body and mind. Learn more about Alex.

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    • Hi Megan, farro won’t be as sticky as rice, so you might need to add more binders to get them to hold together. If you aren’t vegan, an egg will work or an flax-egg.

        • Hi Megan, sorry for the confusion- if you use farro it might not bind the same way. I suggest try it and then see; if it sticks together- awesome! If not, then add an egg or a “flax egg”- mixing 1 tablespoon ground flax seed with 3 tablespoons water until gelled.

          • No worries, thank you for clarifying. I made them last night with farro and I didn’t need to add a flax egg. They turned out perfect! Thank you!

  1. […] salads, anything and everything works. I always do a protein (tofu, beans, lentils, baked tempeh, veggie burger patty), a healthy fat (nuts, avocado) and whatever vegetables I have in the house. I also made a batch of […]

    • This recipe looks delicious! I write blog articles for a company called MealEnders. A MealEnder is a lozange that can help beat overeating, master portion control, and curb snacking using behavioral & sensory science. We want to link to this recipe in an article about summer grilling. Do you think this burger could be grilled? Thank you!!

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