Sweet Potato and Black Bean Burger

This is The Best Sweet Potato and Black Bean Burger! Full of flavor and texture, it’s “meaty” and satisfying. I cannot take the credit for this creation, I found it in one of my favorite cookbooks, Love Real Food, by Kathryne Taylor.  True, I’ve added and subtracted a few ingredients but the inspiration is hers alone. These burgers have become a staple in my house:)

Sweet Potato and Black Bean Burger

What’s in the Best Sweet Potato and Black Bean Burger!

Sweet Potato and Black Bean Burger

Toppings for the Best Sweet Potato and Black Bean Burger!

Any burger needs some exciting toppings and this one is no exception. I’ve used Kathryne’s red cabbage slaw, which is super duper easy to make, and some guacamole with hot sauce – yum! Plus plenty of fresh cilantro, you can never have enough when there’s sweet potato and limes in a recipe in my opinion.

The red cabbage slaw is simply a question of slicing the cabbage VERY thinly, no one wants to chew on a thick piece of rubbery cabbage. No problem if you’ve got a mandoline.

Marinate it in lime juice, with a couple of cloves of grated garlic, add a sprinkling of pumpkin seeds, fresh cilantro, and a teaspoon of date syrup, stir it up, and hey presto, you’re done. The slaw is also delicious in a veggie bowl, a sandwich, added to a salad, etc.

The Best Sweet Potato and Black Bean Burger!


The Best Sweet Potato and Black Bean Burger!

A deliciously satisfying veggie burger.

  • Author: Kathryne Taylor, with slight adaptations by Mary Callan



2 medium sweet potatoes – COOKED

1/2 cup quinoa – COOKED (I find it very convenient to use the Whole Foods frozen ready cooked quinoa for this)

1, 15 oz can black bean

1/2 cup red onion, diced

1/3 cup chopped cilantro

2 cloves garlic, minced or grated

Juice and zest of a lime

1 teaspoon paprika

1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes

2 teaspoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon ground chili powder

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard (optional)

1 cup cooking old fashioned cooking oats – use a blender to blitz, leave a little texture, you don’t want it like flour.

Red Cabbage Slaw

1/3 cup pumpkin seeds

4 Red cabbage, very finely sliced

1/3 cup fresh cilantro

1 clove garlic

Zest and juice of 2 limes

1 teaspoon date syrup


Preheat the oven to 400F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  1. In a large bowl combine together the cooked sweet potato flesh (no skin), quinoa, black beans, onion, cilantro, garlic, paprika, red pepper flakes, cumin, mustard if using, lime zest and juice, and chili powder.
  2. Mash well together with a potato masher, then sprinkle over the blitzed oats. Stir to combine until the mixture holds together when you shape into a patty.
  3. The mixture makes approximately 8 patties. Use your hands to smooth and flatten out any rough edges. Place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, leaving a few inches of space around each patty.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes, carefully flip and then bake for a further 15 minutes.
  5. While the burgers are cooking, prepare the slaw. Toast the pumpkin seeds in a small skillet, stirring often until the seeds are just turning color on the edges. In a bowl combine the cabbage, lime juice, cilantro, garlic, date syrup, and pumpkin seeds. Toss well, then set aside and allow to marinate.

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