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A plant-based burger is piled onto a simple burger bun with mayonnaise and ketchup. It's resting on a small piece of parchment paper.
4.34 from 6 votes

Unfussy Sweet Potato Black Bean Burgers

Author - Gena Hamshaw
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Yields: 6 burgers


  • 1 large or two small sweet potatoes
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked black beans (1 can, drained and rinsed)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • pinch crushed red pepper flakes (to your taste)
  • 1 cup rolled oats, divided into 3/4 and 1/4 cup
  • 1/4 cup shelled pumpkin seeds


  • First, cook your sweet potatoes. Prick them with a fork several times, then bake at 400F till fork tender or microwave the potatoes for 5-6 minutes each. Allow the potatoes to cool till they can be touched, and use a large spoon to scoop the flesh out of the potato skins. You should have about 1 1/2 cups (300 grams) of cooked sweet potato to use in the recipe.
  • Either lower the oven heat to 375F (if you baked the potatoes) or preheat it to 375F (if you microwave cooked them). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Add the olive oil (or oil or water) to a skillet over medium heat. Cook the onion for 5 minutes, stirring from time to time, until the onion is clear and tender. Add the black beans and all of the spices. Stir and heat till the ingredients are warmed through.
  • Place 3/4 cup of the rolled oats and the pumpkin seeds into a food processor fitted with the S blade. Process for about 1 minute, until you have a relatively fine meal. Add the onion/bean/spice mix to the processor, along with the cooked sweet potato and the remaining 1/4 cup rolled oats. Pulse the mixture until everything is broken down and is starting to blend up evenly. Then turn the mixture out into a mixing bowl and use a fork to mix everything together thoroughly. This way the burgers will be blended but retain some texture!
  • Allow the burger mixture to sit for 5 minutes (it'll firm up like this). Shape it into 6-8 patties. Add them to the baking sheet. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until lightly browned, flipping once through.


Burgers can be frozen for up to 6 weeks. They will keep in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.