Black Bean and Sweet Potato Burgers

I am one of those people that when I make a recipe, I don’t plan anything out beforehand. I’m always scrambling to get the spice or ruining my omelette because I’m chopping when it’s time to add. Anyone with me?

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I need to get better at that.

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I wasn’t sure how these burgers were gonna turn out since I was just throwing things together, but they actually were pretty dang tasty! 

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Canned black beans and sweet corn are laced with great-for-you sweet potato (yam?) and spices to make a vegetarian (easily made vegan) burger that won’t even make you miss the meat. These babies are a plethora of flavor.

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You probably don’t want to make your burgers as thick as mine. First, they won’t cook all the way through; and second, it’s almost impossible to open your mouth that big.

Please excuse the shriveled and pathetic avocado I had to use. Avocados should be bright, vibrant green, not poop-colored.

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The maple garlic cream sauce? I got that from here. It’s flippin’ good. I could, I would, and I did eat it bean burger 11

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Don’t be like me and add the corn before you mash the beans and potato. I had to pick the corn back out so I didn’t have mashed corn… Back to the I need to get better at planning what goes in when.

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Black Bean and Sweet Potato Burgers
Serves 4
A vegetarian (easily made vegan or gluten free) burger full of flavor that won't even make you miss the meat!
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
30 min
  1. 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
  2. 1/2 large sweet potato or 1 small sweet potato, cooked
  3. 1/2 cup corn
  4. 1/4 cup oats (bread crumbs would work)
  5. 1/4 of a chopped onion
  6. 1 egg
  7. 1 teaspoon paprika
  8. 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  9. 3/4 teaspoon onion salt
  10. salt & pepper to taste
  11. whole wheat buns
For the sauce
  1. 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
  2. 1 tbsp maple syrup
  3. 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  1. Add black beans and sweet potato to a bowl and mash. Don't add the corn yet... unless you want mashed corn!
  2. Add the corn, oats, onion, spices, and egg. Mix it up.
  3. Heat a skillet over medium-low heat and form the mixture into patties.
  4. Add 1-2 tbsp of olive oil to the skillet and cook patties. It takes about 5 minutes for one side, and about 3-4 for the other.
  5. Top with maple garlic sauce and avocado.
  1. I made 4 HUGE burgers. You'd be much better off to make 5-6 smaller ones! Also, you can cook these in the oven if you're prone to ruin them when you flip, like me.
  2. To make gluten free, use gf oats.
  3. To make vegan, replace egg with a flax egg. I haven't tried it, but I bet it would work!
Adapted from Bev Cooks
Adapted from Bev Cooks
The Yooper Girl
That cilantro you see in all the pictures? It didn’t actually get added to the burgers. I’m thinking it would add even more flavor though, so feel free to add some!

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Leigha is the founder and writer of The Yooper Girl. She has a passion for living life, eating good food, running long distances, and cats.

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      That’s why I cook my oats for 20 minutes, there’s no certain time you have to ad the ingredients ;) let me know if you ever try these! :)

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    New fan here :) Love your blog! Your photos are really good. And these look soooo yummy! I am thinking about going vegetarian for a while, so these would be perfect for me!

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    Cynthia says

    I’m usually a traditional burger girl, but these sound really good! Thanks for linking to the In and Out of the Kitchen Link Party. Hope to see you next week.

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    Thank you so much for stopping by MUNCHING MONDAYS with these fabulous burgers. I love them! Hope to see you again this week with more delicious recipes :-) xo Nic


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