Black Bean and Sweet Potato Burgers

For all my friends that have endlessly tormented me on the fact that I have never eaten a meaty burger, I promise you this is a close second. This is my own version of the Blogilates Sweet Potato Black Bean Burger ! Thanks to my favorite and only sibling (and sous chef) for bringing this to my attention!

 
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 pounds sweet potatoes (smaller potatoes cook faster)
  • 1 15 oz. can black beans, rinsed and drained (or 2 cups cooked black beans)
  • 1/2 small red onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup lightly packed fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons cumin powder
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cajun spices (optional, to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • vegetable Oil
  • Honey Oat Hamburger Buns
  • your favorite burger fixings (avocado or guacamole, tomato or pico de gallo, lettuce, sprouts, ketchup, hot sauce, mustard, pickles, cheese)
 
Instructions
  1. Roast the sweet potatoes: Slice the sweet potatoes down the center lengthwise. Place the sweet potatoes cut side down on a rimmed baking sheet. Roast until they yield to a gentle squeeze, 30 to 40 minutes or longer. Once the sweet potatoes are cool enough to handle, remove the skin (it should pull off easily) and roughly chop the insides. Set aside to cool completely.
  2. Mix the burgers: In a large mixing bowl or the bowl of your electric mixer, combine the cooled sweet potatoes, black beans, onion, cilantro, cumin, chili powder, Cajun spices (optional, add to taste for spicier burgers) and salt. Use a potato masher, big mixing spoon or the paddle attachment of your mixer to mix really well.
  3. Shape the mixture into a patty about 3 1/2 inches in diameter. Use your hands to gently flatten the burgers and smooth out any jagged edges.
  4. Panfry the burgers: Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large cast iron or non-stick skillet over medium heat. When it’s hot, place several burgers in the pan, leaving enough room to flip them. Cook each patty until browned and heated through, about 3 to 4 minutes per side. Add 1 tablespoon oil to the skillet for each pan of burgers you fry.
  5. Toast the buns (optional): Place the buns on a baking sheet, cut sides up, and bake until lightly toasted, about 2 to 3 minutes.
  6. ASSEMBLE !

*note* you can add ground oats/flax/bread crumbs to your mixture if you want a more hearty burger

 
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