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Sweet Potato and Red Bean Burgers

There is no end to my bean burger craze. I apologize. It's just that the options are limitless. Take any type of bean and mash or puree it and you can have a tasty burger. If you want to get a bit creative, take another ingredient and mix it in with the beans. Chances are, you will again have a tasty burger. Obviously there's a bit of a trend. So what to do when you only have 1 sweet potato for two people? Well, of course the solution is...make a burger. And when you are jumping on the Meatless Monday train (or the Meatless Everyday bandwagon), you should probably consider throwing some beans in there for added protein. Entering from stage left is the often forgotton red bean. Sure, you could use black beans with this recipe and they would, of course make for a delicious finish, but I always use black beans. Clearly I needed to switch things up and I did so with a can of drained red beans. These burgers were not only really really tasty (for the main meal and two days after), they were also quite attractive. I topped mine with a tiny bit of goat cheese and served them alongside a filling tomato quinoa salad.

So get creative and let us know what your favorite meatless burger is. Leave a comment or shoot me an email. Pictures are always welcome!

Sweet Potato and Red Bean Burgers

  • 1 large sweet potato
  • 1-14 oz can of red beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 sweet yellow onion, diced
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 1 tsp ancho chile pepper
  1. Peel and chop the sweet potato. If you are in a hurry, microwave it for 5 minutes. Stir and microwave for another 5 minutes. The sweet potato should be soft. Otherwise, preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Place the sweet potato chunks on a baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until soft.
  2. Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a small sautee pan. Add onions and sautee for 5 minutes or until onions are translucent. Set aside.
  3. Place the drained and rinsed red beans in a small bowl. Using a potato masher (or the bottom of a mug), mash the beans until they are a mixture of whole and smashed.
  4. When the sweet potato is done, use the potato masher to finely mash them.
  5. Mix together the sweet potato, beans and onions.
  6. Add the cumin, coriander and chile pepper to the mixture and stir.
  7. Heat a griddle to 300 degrees F or a large skillet over medium heat. Spray using a non-stick cooking spray.
  8. Form the potato/bean mixture into patties, approximately 4-6 ounces.
  9. Cook burgers until lightly browned, 5-6 minutes. Flip and repeat on the other side.

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