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Pantry Recipe: Black Bean Sweet Potato Burgers

Pantry Recipe: Black Bean Sweet Potato Burgers

20 MIN

A sweet potato, can of black beans, oats and a handful of basic spices become the simplest midweek veg burger you’ve ever made. These Black Bean Sweet Potato Burgers were birthed out of a moment of dinner desperation and saved us from back-t0-back nights of PB&J for dinner. Serve with or without buns, topped with avocado, lime juice and salsa.

How to Microwave Sweet Potatoes

If you’ve ever microwaved a sweet potato only to end up with an overcooked/dry but also still raw potato, try this method. It never fails.

Scrub a large sweet potato and cut it in half lengthwise. Place it cut-side down in a microwave safe dish. Add enough water to just cover the bottom. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and microwave on high for 5-6 minutes, or until it’s fork tender. Be careful when removing the plastic wrap – the steam is HOT!

  • 1 1/2 cups mashed sweet potato (from about 1 extra large potato)
  • 1 15-oz can no-salt-added canned black beans
  • 1/3 – 1/2 cup quick cooking oatmeal
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt (or to taste; less if using salted canned beans)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • To serve: toasted buns, avocado, lime, jarred salsa

In a large bowl, combine sweet potato through spices. If mixture is too sticky and loose, add more oatmeal until it’s sturdy enough to shape into patties.

Shape into 5-6 patties. In a large heavy pan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Once oil is hot, add patties in a single layer (you may need to do two batches) and allow to sear without moving (this will help hold them together). Cook 3 for minutes. Flip and cook 2-3 minutes on other side.

Meal Prep Tips

Keep burger mixture covered in the fridge for up to four days. Shape into patties and cook just before you plan to serve.

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2 comments on “Pantry Recipe: Black Bean Sweet Potato Burgers

  1. This was my mother’s favourite black bean burger recipe, and
    It was delicious. My mother went home to be with the Lord in January of this year 2022. I thought I had lost this recipe, but am so glad mom and me shared a Pinterest board where she saved this. Is. Goi g to make this.

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