July 17, 2012

Sweet Potato Veggie Burgers

Serves 4-6


  • 4 buns of choice - brioche is best
  • 1 red onion
  • 1/2 green bell pepper
  • Large bunch fresh parsley
  • 1 large yam or sweet potato
  • 1 14 oz can of pinto beans
  • 1 lemon
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 slices of regular sandwich bread
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 teaspoon chili flakes
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning or equal parts dried basil, oregano, marjoram, and parsley
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning or smoked paprika
  • Olive oil
  • Ketchup
  • Mayo
  • Lettuce or hearts of romaine
  • Favorite cheese slices
  • Bacon - optional

To Make:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Peel and dice the sweet potato and place on baking tray. Season with salt, pepper, and a dash of chili flakes. Rub down with olive oil so all pieces are coated but not drenched. Bake for 30 minutes, until pieces are soft but not burnt. 
  3. Slice the red onion in half, wrap up one half and put away. Use the other half to cut a few slices for topping the burger (as shown in picture). Set aside. 
  4. Chop the rest of the onion half and divide in two piles (one half you will cook, and the other will be used raw in the veggie burgers). 
  5. Chop up your garlic and 1/2 the green bell pepper and place in a large skillet.
  6. Roughly chop your parsley and set aside. 
  7. Add a splash of olive oil to your skillet along with half your chopped red onion. 
  8. Season with salt, pepper, and the rest of the seasonings. 
  9. Cook on medium-high heat until everything has softened. 
  10. Take your sweet potato out of the oven and mash with a fork. Add in the pinto beans (drained) and mash those as well. 
  11. Add in the onion mixture from the skillet and stir everything together. 
  12. Add in the raw onions, the parsley, and 1/4 cup of the flour. Stir. The mixture will be sticky. 
  13. In a food processor, or a magic bullet, rip up your bread slices and give it a wiz. This will make your bread crumbs. Add 1/3 of them to your mixture. 
  14. Use your hands to feel if the mixture is too sticky. If it is, add the rest of the flour. It will remain quite sticky, but that’s ok. 
  15. Arrange the rest of your bread crumbs on a plate.
  16. In a large skillet, heat up some olive oil on medium-high heat.
  17. Form large patties with your hands and coat in the bread crumbs carefully on both sides. Add to the pan.
  18. Fry for a few minutes on each side, until browned. Add a slice of cheese in the final moments of cooking so it melts nicely. 
  19. Meanwhile, cut your buns and add mayo and lettuce. 
  20. Cook up some bacon slices for the meat eaters in a separate pan if desired. 
  21. Place burger patties on the bun, add your slices of red onion and top with tomato ketchup. Add bacon and the lid. 
  22. Squeeze half the lemon over all the veggie patties and serve with a wedge of the remaining lemon half. 
  23. Enjoy!

Very filling veggie burgers with a lot of flavor. If you like any of the specific seasonings more than others, use more of the ones you like. The point is to have a lot of flavor! So good!

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