Black Bean and Roasted Sweet Potato Burger

  • 1 sweet potato, peeled and cut into small 1-inch chunks (about 1 cup)
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil, plus more for sautéing, plus canola spray
  • 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 potato, 1 tablespoon canola oil, and salt in a bowl and mix well. Spray a small baking pan with oil, and spread the sweet potato out in an even layer. Roast for 20 to 25 minutes or until tender, stirring frequently.

3. Warm a small sauté pan and add remaining 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 care- ful 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. Spray pan with canola or olive oil and spray the burgers lightly. Brown both sides.

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

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Photo Credit: Andrew Scrivani