Full of texture and flavor, these amazing Sweet Potato Black Bean Burgers are an excellent homemade veggie burger recipe.
Everyone Loves Sweet Potato Burgers!
Eat them as is or on a bun, your choice! This unreal sweet potato and black bean burger recipe is perfect for all and for any time of year. Plus, each patty comes with 13g of protein and 8g of fiber.
We love a good burger on Fit Foodie Finds, especially if it’s vegetarian and a great freezer option for later. Our Quinoa Patties are so delish, packed with protein, and easy to make. Guess what? So are these sweet potato veggie burgers.
How to Make Sweet Potato Black Bean Burgers
Making a burger with a sweet potato base is one of our favorite things in the whole wide world. It requires a little extra preparation, but don’t you worry, it’s totally worth it!
Step 1: Make sweet potato puree
Homemade sweet potato puree is super simple to make at home! We have an in-depth, step-by-step tutorial on how to make this on the blog HERE. But, for a quick rundown, all you have to do is bake your sweet potatoes in the oven so that they are soft enough to mash.
Step 2: Create Patties
Once you’ve got your sweet potatoes ready to go, it’s time to assemble the rest of your ingredients! In a large bowl, mix together sweet potato, onion, quinoa, jalapeño, sunflower seeds, oat flour, egg, and spices.
Use a 1/2 cup measuring cup to scoop out the mixture into your hands to form your patty. They should be about 1-inch thick.
Step 3: Bake
Place patties on a greased baking sheet and bake at 375ºF for about 30 minutes total, flipping halfway through.
Step 4: Pan Fry
To give your burgers that amazing crispy-on-the-outside kind of texture, pan fry your patties on each side for a few minutes.
You can eat your burger as is or put it in-between your favorite bun and add your favorite toppings! Here are some suggestions:
- purple onion
- Greek yogurt + Franks
How to Freeze Veggie Burgers
Excited that this recipe makes 12 patties, but can’t eat all 12 before they go bad? Girl, don’t you worry. Here’s a quick tutorial on how to freeze veggie burgers for later!
- Let sweet potato burgers cool completely.
- Then, wrap each burger with saran wrap, removing as much air as possible, and then again with a piece of tin foil.
- Transfer into a gallon-sized plastic bag (or stasher bag) and remove as much air as possible.
- Place in the freezer for up to 3 months.
To thaw: place frozen patties in the fridge overnight OR unwrap and defrost in the microwave.
More Veggie Burger Recipes
Sweet Potato Black Bean Burgers
- 2 cups roasted sweet potato mashed (3-4 medium sweet potatoes)
- 1 15-oz. can black beans rinsed
- 1/2 cup purple onion diced
- 2 cups cooked quinoa ~1 cup uncooked
- 2 tablespoons jalapeño finely diced
- 1/3 cup roasted/unsalted sunflower seeds
- 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons oat flour
- 1 large egg
- 1 tablespoon ground cumin
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- First, preheat oven to 375ºF and spray a baking sheet with coconut oil cooking spray. Then, cut sweet potatoes in half, drizzle with olive oil, poke them with a fork, and stick them in the oven skin-side down for 50-60 minutes.
- While your sweet potatoes are roasting, mix the rest of the ingredients in a large bowl.
- Once the sweet potatoes are done, let them cool for about 10 minutes. Then use a spoon to spoon out the flesh. Mash in a bowl. Add 2 cups of mashed sweet potato to your mixture and thoroughly combine.
- Preheat oven to 375ºF and spray a baking sheet with coconut oil cooking spray.
- To create burger patties, use a 1/2 cup scoop. Wet your hands to form 1-inch burger patties and place on the pan. Bake at 375ºF for 15 minutes on each side (30 minutes total).
- When burgers are done baking, heat about a teaspoon of olive oil on a nonstick skillet over low/medium heat.
- Place patties in the fry pan for 4-5 minutes on each side until golden brown.
- When burgers are done, add toppings and enjoy!
Tips & Notes
- Nutrition information is for JUST the burger and does not include the bun + toppings.
Can you grill these?
I was wondering if you’ve ever made these without the egg. Do you think a flax egg would work well as a substitute?
Hi! We have no tried this, so I can’t say! Let us know if you try it!
So amazing – another fabulous recipe. Made these for my friends last night and everyone was raving about them. Thanks, FFF!
YAY!!!! Glad you loved them <3
These were really tasty. They were pretty time consuming to make, but even after halving the recipe I had enough left over to enjoy throughout the week. I added the leftover patties to grain bowls with brown rice, spinach, salsa, and avocado for a filling lunch.
And you can always freeze for later, too!
How the hell do you get off labeling this as vegan? It has a God damn egg in it…
Can I sub all purpose flour for oat flour? Would it be a 1:1 ratio??
Is the sunflower seeds necessary to add?
They give great texture, but you can omit!
Do I have to fry them after they have been in the oven for 1/2 hour? What happens if I don’t?
Hi Rita! You don’t have to pan fry, however it does give it a great crunchy texture post baking!
This recipie looks amazing! 2 questions though:
1. Do you think the burgers will turn out ok if I grill them instead of oven bake and fry? (I love grilling in the summer! And who wants to use their oven when it’s 90 degrees out right?!)
2. Do they freeze well? It’s just my husband and I, so 12 servings is a lot! I was hoping to freeze either pre or post grilling. Thoughts?
1. YES! Grill them…they will turn out great and 2. Freezing is GENIUS. You could likely freeze them either or…depending on how lazy you want to be when you make them the second time 😛 I would wrap them in plastic and then into a freezer safe plastic bag or in tin foil!
I love how you’ve added sweet potato, i think it’s such a great ingredient to use in so many foods because of the way it adds moisture. Many of the vegan recipes for burgers are tasty but often a little bit dry. I can’t wait to try this out so creative!
What you and Davida have is truly fantastic. I sure hope I’ll get to experience it with a blogger friend (or friends) some day, because it must be amazing to be able to brainstorm ideas, discuss business issues, doubts and stuff. Reading your lines made me think of my high school best friend. We have been friends for almost 18 years now (OMG! that is scary! I’ve known her longer than I lived without knowing her), and with her I have this unconditional love and support and know that we have each other’s back no matter what. We are like a burger and its bun, to get back to the theme of your post 😉
And speaking of these burgers, wow! I LOVE veggie burgers and am so happy you posted a veggie burger recipe! It sounds delish, can’t wait to try it! I especially love sweet potato burgers, just found that I prefer when its sweetness is somehow offset by sotheing salty/hot or sour, so I’m looking forward to trying these spices and sauce with it.
You and Davida probably have to be the ultimate blogger power pair! I always love your recaps of your guys’ adventures. These sweet potato quinoa burgers look perfect for the BBQ! They look so big and flavorful!
We do have a good time together 🙂 Our escapades just keep getting better…even with broken bones involved!
These are two of my favorite things, quinoa and sweet potatoes. Thank you for an awesome recipe. xo Lauren
Lee, these sound great. Have you tried freezing them?
I have not tried freezing them! I don’t see why it wouldn’t work, though 🙂
you and Davida have such a rare and unique friendship and i think it’s amazing how much you guys push and inspire one another! Meant to say it was a pleasure meeting you when you were in Toronto. Hope you had an awesome time 🙂
Going to give these burgers a try, I need a new veggie patty in my life
It was so great to meet you as well! Seems like you’re KILLING it in the fitness arena. Makes me happy 🙂
That yogurt with hot sauce sounds right up my alley! #allthespicyfoods
OMG I want to take a bath in it.
It’s breakfast time here but I’m already obsessing over these burgers. GIMME ALL OF THEM.
You could throw an egg on top of one of these burgers and call it breakfast 🙂
OMG YUMMY! I just realized that I haven’t had sweet potatoes in a couple of weeks now…Shame on me! Can’t wait to try this…thanks for sharing! 🙂
WEEKS?! I sweet tater like every other day. #fav
You guys are the cutest. Friendship goals right there. I can’t wait to give these burgers a try.
LOLZ. We make long distance a SINCH.