Black Bean and Roasted Sweet Potato Burger

  • 1 sweet potato, peeled and cut into small 1-inch chunks (about 1 cup)
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, plus more for sautéing and brushing
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup finely diced onion
  • 2 cups cooked black beans or one 16-ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup cooked brown rice
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons tamari
  • 2 teaspoons vegan Worcestershire sauce (optional)
  • 1/8 cup cornmeal
  • 4 whole-wheat buns, toasted 1 tomato, sliced (optional)
  • 1 onion, sliced (optional)
  • Lettuce (optional)

1. Preheat oven to 425° Fahrenheit.

2. Place the sweet potato, 1 tablespoon oil and salt in a bowl and mix well. Spread sweet potato on a baking sheet in an even layer. Roast for 20 to 25 minutes or until tender, stirring frequently.

3. Warm a small sauté pan and add 1 tablespoon of oil and the onion. Sauté until the onion is browned, about 5 minutes.

4. Pulse the next 9 ingredients together with the roasted sweet potato and onion in a food processor or stand mixer, being careful not to overmix. Taste for seasoning, then cool in the fridge. Remove after chilled and form six 6-ounce patties.

5. Warm a cast-iron skillet or other heavy pan over medium-low heat. Brush pan with oil and lightly brush the burgers. Brown both sides of burgers.

6. Serve on toasted buns and top with your favorite veggies.

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Photo Credit: Andrew Scrivani