Sweet Potato Black Bean Burgers

Here’s one vegetarian burger the whole family will love! You’ll even forget that they’re healthy for you. Packed with 7 grams of protein and only 210 calories each, these satisfying burgers are sure to be a hit. Hearty patties packed with black beans, quinoa,  sweet potatoes and topped with melty swiss cheese all piled on top of a toasted bun. We tried these burgers topped with ketchup and barbecue sauce. I really can’t decide if I liked the ketchup or the barbecue sauce better, they both tasted great. Serve up with a garden salad and crispy Sweet Potato Chips. I promise you won’t even miss the meat! 😀

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Sweet Potato Black Bean Burgers

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  • 1 cup vegetable stock
  • 1/2 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed and drained
  • 15 ounce can black beans, rinsed and well-drained, divided
  • 1 ½ pounds sweet potatoes, skin on and cut into 1-inch chunks (about 3 cups)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • black pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon coriander
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup frozen or fresh corn
  • 2/3 cup finely chopped onion
  • 2 large garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 2 tablespoons sunflower seeds
  • 6 tablespoons wheat bran
  • 8 hamburger buns, split and toasted
  • 8 slices swiss cheese


  1. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, bring vegetable stock and quinoa to a boil. Cover and simmer on low 15 minutes, or until all of the liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat and let stand for 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork. Let cool. (you should have about 1 cup of cooked quinoa)
  2. While the quinoa is cooking, place sweet potato chunks in a large microwavable safe bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Microwave 7 to 10 minutes, or until a paring knife glides easily through flesh. Gently mash the sweet potatoes so that chunks are still visible (you do not want it to be creamy)
  3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  4. In a large bowl, mash half of the black beans until creamy and paste-like. Add in the rest of the beans and give a very light stir/mash to combine. Stir in the mashed sweet potatoes, ½ cup of cooked qunioa, salt, pepper, cumin, oregano, coriander, chili powder, cayenne olive oil, corn, onion, garlic, sunflower seeds, and wheat bran, until just combined. Adjust seasonings to taste.
  5. Divide into 8 pieces and form each piece into a 1/2”-3/4” thick patty. Place on prepared baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes, flipping once half-way through baking time.
  6. Serve on top of toasted split buns with swiss cheese and desired garnishes.

Yields: 8 servings
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Bake Time: 30 minutes

Source: adapted from The Edible Perspective

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38 Responses to Sweet Potato Black Bean Burgers

  1. sounds yummy. will definitely try these out!

  2. Looks delicious! I am pinteresting this one 😀

  3. Jenn says:

    Wondering if they are a firm texture or mushy on the inside. I have not been able to find a homemade vege burger that my kids like because they all seem to be mushy and fall apart. These sound great though! Thanks for the recipe.

    • Christina says:

      As long as you make sure the black beans are well drained, the burgers are firm all the way through. They bake for 30 minutes making them nice and firm. If you give them a try I would love to hear how they turn out for you!

  4. What a great, healthy burger! I love all the ingredients in it.

  5. ChgoJohn says:

    All that deliciousness and only 210 calories!!! Gimme 2!

  6. Love the idea of some BBQ sauce on these.

  7. Fabulous – I wish I had all the ingredients to hand as I am just about to make dinner!

  8. mmmm, sweet potato makes everything better to me! these look awesome, and meatless at that! thanks!

  9. Cassandra says:

    Sounds delicious! I can’t wait to try these. Does the 210 calories include the swiss and bun? Or are those extra?

  10. The Teenage Taste says:

    I love making homemade veggie burgers and, I have to admit, Ash from Edible Perspective has some of the best!

  11. spiceblogger says:

    No. Way! These look so good! I don’t typically do veggie burgers, but I would love to try these.
    Thanks for the recipe 🙂 Very buzz-worthy!

  12. yourstrulyg says:

    Your photography is amazing! Can I request a quick post on how you do all of it? Lighting, composition, etc? Thank you! These look delicious!

  13. Yum!! Who can resist sweet potatoes? And packed with the added nutrients from black beans and quinoa, this sounds like a must try in my book. Thanks!

  14. veghotpot says:

    I LOVE Veggie burgers, will definitely be trying this one it looks amazing! Your photography always makes everything look so mouthwateringly good x

  15. Eliot says:

    Even with all our recent veggie meals, I have yet to sneak one of these veggie burgers in. I might see what my luck with with this one!

  16. awesome combination!!! most veggie burgers make me skeptical, but I love this idea.

  17. Kiri W. says:

    Wow, this looks like the perfect burger patty 🙂 Bookmarked, I can never resist sweet potato!

  18. Black beans, quinoa and sweet potatoes – 3 of my favorite things! These look awesome – congrats on the top 9!

  19. Corina says:

    Sounds gorgeous – I’m always looking for new ways of using quinoa!

  20. Siri says:

    Wow, those pictures made my mouth water! Looks amazing!

  21. Karen Gilmore says:

    Sweet potatoes and black beans are one of my favorite combinations ,I was going to make my usual sweet potato and black bean burrito tonight but I’m going to try these instead.

  22. Ericka says:

    Great recipe. Just to clarify, you don’t use all the quinoa?

  23. These are totally top-9 worthy! Congrats!

  24. Perfect for the weekend – I have everything I need for this! Great post!

  25. ecomom22 says:

    Reblogged this on ecomom22.

  26. ....RaeDi says:

    For a veggie burger they look great… I like the mix will have to give them a try! Again your photos are incredible!

  27. Cheryl says:

    The directions mention ground oats, but I didn’t see that included in the list of ingredients – was that the wheat bran?

    • Christina says:

      Yes, it should say wheat bran. Thanks for pointing that out. I fixed the directions. If you give them a try I would love to hear how they turn out for you! 🙂

  28. What a nice surprise seeing these on your blog today.. they look incredibly delicious and it’s awesome that they have so much protein in them as well. xo Smidge

  29. Ann says:

    I made these tonight for my book club and they were fabulous – a huge hit! I served them with a greek yogurt/cilantro/lime sauce. Since we usually serve appetizer-type dishes, I made more of them – about a dozen. I did not have any wheat bran so used oat bran and that seemed to work fine. Thanks for the recipe!

    • Christina says:

      I am so happy to hear that your book club enjoyed them! I bet that cilantro sauce tasted awesome on these burgers. I will have to give that a try next time I make them! Thanks so much for letting me know how they turned out for you! 🙂

  30. Mary says:

    Can you grill these instead of baking them? I would like to premake some for a camping trip if it will work!

  31. lindsay says:

    Hi! I just made these for dinner tonight, they were fantastic! Best tasting homemade (or bought) veggie burger patties ever! I made some honey mustard caramelized onions to top it with. They held together pretty well, fell apart a bit, but not enough to stop us from devouring them as quickly as possible. I would make this over and over again for my family. You can see a pic on my facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/MommysSweetConfessions . I would love to blog about them too, with all credit where it is due of course, on my blog at http://www.mommyssweetconfessions.blogspot.com . Great job with these, thanks for sharing!!

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