Sweet Potato + Black Bean Burger

With all of the baby food making we've been doing lately, we've had some new {to us} foods around the house.  One specifically has been the sweet potato.  There was actually quite the debate on this one!  Ryan called to ask if there was a difference between yams and sweet potatoes to which I told him, of course there is!  Well, what he brought home did not look like the orange sweet potatoes that I was familiar with.  I looked it up and turns out that yams and sweet potatoes are pretty interchangeable.  Who knew?  Not me!  So I guess Ethan's first real food was actually yams...oops!  

Anyway...these burgers use "sweet potatoes" which are actually white on the inside.  Regardless, they were REALLY good and super flavorful.  

They just might not look as pretty is all.  But what they lack in the vibrant orange department, they definitely make up for in flavor.  Not to mention the roasted garlic cream spread was pretty much to.die.for!  Best part?  No mayo included...it's overall a pretty healthy recipe!

Recipe adapted from How Sweet It is


2 cups coarsely mashed sweet potatoes (or yams), about 2 large potatoes
2 bulbs of roasted garlic
1 cup black beans (rinsed and drained if canned)
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/3 cup panko bread crumbs
1/3 cup flour
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 1/2 teaspoons smoked paprika
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/8 teaspoon cumin
2-3 tablespoons olive oil
1 avocado, sliced
2/3 cup plain greek yogurt
1 teaspoon maple syrup
extra salt and pepper for seasoning yogurt/cream
4 whole wheat buns


To roast garlic, see this tutorial.

Pierce potatoes all over with a fork and place on a paper towel, setting in the microwave. Microwave for 5 minutes, then flip and cook for 5 minutes more. Remove, slice in half lengthwise and let cool until you can scoop out the flesh.

In a large bowl, coarsely mash beans with a fork. Add in sweet potato and mash together, then add in spices, salt and pepper, minced garlic, egg, panko and flour. Mix together until combined, then place bowl in the fridge for 15-20 minutes. This helps form them into patties, but as a warning they are still somewhat messy.

While mixture is chilling, combine yogurt with 2 bulbs (squeezed out) of roasted garlic cloves, maple syrup and a sprinkle of salt and pepper in a blender or food processor. Process until smooth then set aside until ready to use.

Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add 2 tablespoons olive oil. Remove mixture from fridge and form into 4 equal patties, then place in the skillet once hot. Since the mixture can be wet and messy, do not move until they are fully cooked and golden on one side! This takes about 5-6 minutes. Then, add more oil if needed (this really helps cook them) and flip burgers very gently. Cook for another 5-6 minutes. Toast buns if desired.

Assemble by topping burgers with roasted garlic cream and avocado.

xo natasha

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  1. I have been dying to try this recipe since I saw it on pinterest. Glad to hear they were good and trust me they look delish too! So funny Saturday I was watching Giada on food network and she was making a sweet potato salad and they were white and I was thinking what sweet potato is white? I thought they were orange but now I know! haha!

  2. Yum! You always try the most creative recipes!

  3. I never knew that about sweet potatoes either...wait, what?!? Regardless, this recipe is being added to the future recipes to try file! Yum :)

  4. These are so good! I make a similar version but use quinoa instead of the flour and breadcrumbs and add some mashed chick peas. I actually have all of the ingredients at my house...I know what's for dinner tonight! Thanks for the inspiration!

  5. Going to bookmark this one, right up my non-meat eating alley! I make sweet potato and black bean enchildas that are ridiculous, this would be an awesome sub for me while I stay off dairy for A!

  6. mmm! I definitely want to sink my teeth into that bad boy! Looks scrumptious!!! XO Brynn

  7. I'm mildly obsessed with sweet potatoes! I can't believe I haven't tried a SP burger yet!! this look delish!!! thanks woman! :)

  8. This sounds like something right up my alley AND my toddler's alley! I love only having to make one dinner, as opposed to one from him, and one for the hubbs and I. Thanks!

  9. Oh my gosh these look so good...and it seems like something Mila would like too!

  10. These look amazing. I'm going to the store to buy sweet potatoes today! YUM! Thanks for sharing.

  11. Yum!!! What a great recipe :) I am going to adapt it to fit my detox program, but they look so good!!!

  12. Mmmm yes! You are speaking my language. I HAVE to make these.

  13. I think I could eat my weight in this burger.

  14. I love love sweet potatoes! (Well yams actually...whatever the bright orange ones are...LOL) These burgers look delicious!

  15. oh man I love sweet potatoes! these burgers look great too!

    xoxo, Amy @ Interpret As You May

    {PS - I'm giving away a Fitness Notebook & would love for you to win!}

  16. This looks really good!! We have a little place called Canyons Burgers down here & they have some awesome black bean burgers!! The avocado really makes it look yemmy :)

  17. Yum! These look delicious! Thanks for sharing. :)

  18. This looks so ridiculously good right now!

  19. Oo these look yummy!! I will have to try it- we also have all of those ingredients in the house since I make all C's food! So far he has loved everything, but I think sweet potatoes are his fav! I will have to try these soon!!

  20. That looks great! I've gave up meat on Jan 1st. Not sure if it will be for good, but this is the perfect recipe to try in the meantime!

  21. I can't believe how good these look! I swear I'm going to have a box just full of your recipes Natasha! You and Andee from the honeybee have the best recipes around!

  22. These looks so yummy! Another great recipe to try. I love when you post recipes Natasha!

  23. ha! we have had the same debate. :) i have GOT to start making some of your recipes. they look scrumptious!

  24. I made these last night - so delicious and full of flavor! Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  25. Made these tonight. They never really firmed up, but they were still very good. I only made half a recipe and made it into four patties. The outsides were crisp and I think I might add some quinoa in next time for some more bulk. Thanks for the recipe!

  26. I made these last night after finding the recipe on Pinterest and they were AMAZING!! I added 1/2 a cup of brown rice to bulk it up a tad but other than that followed the recipe as written and they were a huge hit! My husband said he'd like a bit more spice so next time I'll probably add a jalapeno. I was concerned that they would be gloppy but they were actually the perfect consistency. So glad I found this recipe!