I’d been looking for a healthy black bean burger recipe, but I didn’t want to use an egg as the binding ingredient. This recipe is eggless – the roasted sweet potatoes give it plenty of flavor, along with the stickiness it needs to stay in patty form – plus a huge dose of vitamin A! The addition of ginger and allspice gives it a little island flavor. Just add a ring of pineapple and a little barbeque sauce and you’re all set!
HEALTHY BLACK BEAN BURGERS WITH ROASTED SWEET POTATO
- 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks (about 1 1/2 inches)
- 3 T olive oil, divided (not a sponsored link, just my favorite!)
- 1 tsp Kosher salt
- 1 can of black beans, rinsed and drained
- 1/2 onion, diced (about 1 cup)
- 1 small fresh jalapeno pepper, seeded and membranes removed, very finely diced
- 1/2 c plain bread crumbs
- 1/4 tsp allspice
- 1/4 tsp ground ginger
- 1/2 tsp cumin
- 1/2 tsp salt
- heavy grind of fresh pepper
- dash of red pepper flakes
- Optional toppings: bottled barbeque sauce, fresh or canned pineapple rings
In medium bowl, combine sweet potato chunks, 2 tablespoons of olive oil and the Kosher salt. Spread in an even layer on a foil-lined baking sheet and roast in a 425 degree oven for 20 – 25 minutes or until soft, stirring halfway through. Set aside and let cool.
Saute the onion and jalapeno in the remaining tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat. Cook until the vegetables are soft and translucent and just beginning to brown, about 5 minutes. Set aside and let cool.
Put black beans in a large bowl and coarsely mash with a potato masher. Add cooled sweet potatoes and onion mixture, along with bread crumbs and spices, and stir thoroughly. With your hands, form mixture into patties.
Heat frying pan over medium heat and coat with cooking spray. Cook patties for about 3 minutes on each side, taking care to only turn once to help patties keep their shape. Serve on hamburger buns with toppings of your choice. Makes 7 patties.