Southwestern Sweet Potato Black Bean Burgers

These gluten-free, fat-free vegan burgers have a smoky-sweet flavor that make them perfect for summer grilling.  Make a big batch and freeze extras for quick healthy dinner.  This recipe is a winner for vegetarians, meat-lovers, and even kids.

MEDIUM          Servings: 4       Ready In: 45 minutes


1 red bell pepper
1 medium sweet potato (about 2 cups diced)
1 1/2 tsp. paprika (sweet or smoked)
1/2 tsp cumin
1/4 cup brown rice flour
1 (15 oz) can black beans
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup corn kernels, frozen and thawed
1 tsp lime juice
2 tbsp chopped cilantro
Avocado, for serving

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Gather ingredients. Preheat oven to 350 F 

To prepare the burger base: Peel and dice the sweet potatoes. Seed and dice the bell pepper 
Place the potato and peppers in a wide pan with paprika, cumin. 
Cover and cook over medium heat 
Cook just until spices are toasted and aromatic. Be careful not to burn the potato. 
When the spices are aromatic, add 1/2 cup of water, cover, and simmer until potato is tender, about 10-12 minutes 
Meanwhile drain and rinse the beans 
When potato is tender enough to mash, remove the lid
Add brown rice flour and black beans 
Cook until flour is no longer white, just a minute or so. You want a very dry mixture 

To shape and bake your burgers: Transfer the potato mixture to a food processor or wide blender 
Purée into a paste. This will hold your burger together. 
Chop cilantro if needed 
Combine "paste" with cilantro, lime, and corn. Mix well, season with salt and pepper. 
Taste and adjust as needed 
Scoop about 1/2 cup for each burger, onto a non-stick silpat or parchment. 
Bake at 350F for 45-50 minutes 
Flip after about 30 minutes. 

Top with sliced avocado and serve

Tips: There are three tricks to making sure your veggie burger can hold up on a grill: Make sure your burger "base" is very dry.  Puree the base completely smooth - crumbly burgers tend to fall apart.  Freeze the burger patties for at least 30 minutes before throwing on the grill.  This will help them hold.

Yield: 6 burgers


Nutrition Facts

Serving size: 1/6 of a recipe (1 burger, without avocado).

Calories 146.64
Calories From Fat (4%) 6.38
% Daily Value
Total Fat 0.76g 1%
Saturated Fat 0.16g <1%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 112.39mg 5%
Potassium 411.86mg 12%
Total Carbohydrates 28.38g 9%
Fiber 7.75g 31%
Sugar 1.94g 
Protein 7.45g 15%
Calcium 27.41mg 3%
Iron 30.75mg 171%
Vitamin A 3995.7IU 80%
Vitamin C 0.58mg <1

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