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Southwest Sweet Potato "Burgers"

Updated on May 27, 2015

Audience Rating

5 stars from 2 ratings of Southwest Sweet Potato "Burgers"
I don't think this burger needs a bun.  I think that would be a little too much starch. I paired it with a chopped salad.
I don't think this burger needs a bun. I think that would be a little too much starch. I paired it with a chopped salad. | Source

The versatile sweet potato

I absolutely love sweet potatoes. Not only are they tasty and versatile, they are a good source of complex carbs, fiber, and beta-carotene. They are great baked, fried, roasted and just about any other way you can think of to cook them. They pair well with a variety of spice profiles. You can go the sweet route with things like cinnamon, nutmeg, and maple syrup that you might find in a sweet potato pie. You can also choose to travel the savory route. Sweet potatoes are wonderful in soups and curries. I decided to try my hand at making them into a "burger" of sorts. Here is the results. Heads up--this is quite a bit different than the traditional burger. I would not try it on a grill due to the softer consistency.

Cook Time

Prep time: 1 hour 25 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 1 hour 45 min
Yields: 6 to 8 "burgers"

Ingredients

  • 4 small to medium sweel potatoes
  • 1 15 ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 small onion
  • 1/2 red bell pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon Chiptole Grinder seasoning
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/3 cup queso fresco cheese, crumbled
  • 1/4 cup plain bread crumbs
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • About 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • About 1 tablespoon butter

Step by step guide

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Bake sweet potatoes until fork tender. Allow them to cool while you get the rest of the ingredients together.Rinse and drain and can of black beansMash the sweet potatoes together with a potato masher. You should still see some chunks of the beans and sweet potatoAdd in the peppers and onions.Season mixture with salt, pepper, and the Chiptole seasoning. I put approximate measurements in the ingredient list, but it is really a matter of taste. Add in the bread crumbs, flour, and cheese.Fry until golden brown.
Bake sweet potatoes until fork tender. Allow them to cool while you get the rest of the ingredients together.
Bake sweet potatoes until fork tender. Allow them to cool while you get the rest of the ingredients together. | Source
Rinse and drain and can of black beans
Rinse and drain and can of black beans | Source
Mash the sweet potatoes together with a potato masher. You should still see some chunks of the beans and sweet potato
Mash the sweet potatoes together with a potato masher. You should still see some chunks of the beans and sweet potato | Source
Add in the peppers and onions.
Add in the peppers and onions. | Source
Season mixture with salt, pepper, and the Chiptole seasoning. I put approximate measurements in the ingredient list, but it is really a matter of taste.
Season mixture with salt, pepper, and the Chiptole seasoning. I put approximate measurements in the ingredient list, but it is really a matter of taste. | Source
Add in the bread crumbs, flour, and cheese.
Add in the bread crumbs, flour, and cheese. | Source
Fry until golden brown.
Fry until golden brown. | Source
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Clean four sweet potatoes. Pierce the skin of the sweet potatoes with a fork and place on baking sheet. Bake until fork tender (about 75 minutes). Remove the sweet potatoes from the oven and allow them to cool.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, add the peeled sweet potatoes and one can of black beans which have been rinsed and drained, Mash the beans and potatoes together. The mixture does not need to be completely smooth. You should still see chunks of the vegetables. Add the onion, pepper, breadcrumbs, flour, cheese, and seasonings. Use enough flour so that the mixture begins to bind together and can be formed into patties.
  3. Heat the olive oil and butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Form the mixture into patties and cook until golden brown on each side.
Ingredient
Nutrient Information
Sweet Potato
Complex carbs, Fiber, Beta-carotene, Vitamins B5 and B6
Black Beans
Fiber, Protein, Potassium, Calcium, Iron, Vitamin B6, Magnesium
Bell Pepper
Vitamin C
Onion
Vitamin C

A couple of tips

Tip 1: This recipe actually works better if you prepare the potato mixture ahead of time and allow it to chill in the refrigerator. Chilling the mixture allows it to bind better.

Tip 2: Reheating cooked patties in the microwave is not recommended. The patties become way too soft. The flavor and texture are best when "burgers" are eaten right away.

© 2015 Vicki Holder

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    • DzyMsLizzy profile image

      Liz Elias 

      3 years ago from Oakley, CA

      Awesome! I am always on the lookout for veggie burger alternatives that are healthier than the over-processed frozen soy variety!

      I'm bookmarking and pinning this!

      Voted up, +++ and shared.

    • vickiholder profile imageAUTHOR

      Vicki Holder 

      3 years ago from The beautiful Ouachita Mtns. in Arkansas

      Thank you. I hope you both enjoy them.

    • poetryman6969 profile image

      poetryman6969 

      3 years ago

      Sounds tasty and very creative. Voted up.

    • Victoria Lynn profile image

      Victoria Lynn 

      3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      This looks awesome! I've had black bean burgers before. And I love sweet potatoes. And chipotle! I'm pinning this to try for sure! Hey, I'm from Arkansas, too, and my real name is Vicki. :-) Sharing this yummy hub!

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