Black bean & sweet potato burgers

I am on a roll this week with black beans! Yesterday my family decided to make steak with rice and black beans for dinner and unfortunately I do not eat steak so I had to make something else. I decided “What a perfect time to make a black bean burger!”. The burger was amazing, it came out a lot better than I thought it would. It was so easy to make so I figured “Hey I’ll eat it today for lunch also”. Since I didn’t take any pictures of it yesterday I thought today I could do that too.

I’ve had black bean burgers from other places and for the most part they were just okay. (Except the black bean burger at Pride & Joy in Wynwood, South Florida they have amazing black bean burgers!) The beauty of cooking at home is that you can tweak anything to your liking and that’s exactly what I did.

Ingredients :

  • Sweet potato, I used frozen fries but you can use fresh sweet potato

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  • 1 can of black beans (15 oz) rinsed and drained
  • Onion ( I used less than 1/4 of an onion)

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  • 1/2 of a green bell pepper

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  • 1 cup of bread crumbs

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  • 1/4 cup of fresh cilantro

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  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon of dry basil
  • 2 teaspoons of crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon of thyme
  • Salt and pepper to taste

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To start off I had some frozen sweet potato fries in the freezer and I wanted those in my burger, what better mix than black beans and sweet potatoes?! So I got a pan and coated it with coconut oil and popped a few sweet potatoes fries in the oven at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes.

While my fries are heating up I placed all my remaining ingredients into a bowl and mashed it up, you want most of the beans mashed but it doesn’t have to be 100%. When I was done with that my fries were ready. So I took them out of the oven and cut about half of them into little pieces and mashed them into the bowl with all the other ingredients.

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You must remember to drain your beans so they are not liquid-y!

If your mixture is sticky just add more bread crumbs.

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On a plate I placed some more bread crumbs and got about a spoonful of my mixture and folded it into the crumbs to form a ball. When the ball is no longer wet or sticky you flatten it into a patty. Continue this until all the mixture is in patty form. My mixture made 7 patties. It really depends on how you want your patties, mine were not that thick but if that’s what you like then go ahead!

DSC_1046 I cooked my burgers on the stove with my pan covered in coconut oil. The only reason I didn’t use the grill is because these burgers are a little more delicate so you have to be careful. DSC_1047

Each burger is probably going to take about 3 minutes on each side, this also depends on if you want your burgers with a crunchy exterior (the breadcrumbs help with the crunch factor)

While these burgers were cooking I decided I wanted something a little different. I figured I’d make a sauce for them. This sauce was extremely easy but extremely flavorful.

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup of vegan mayo
  • 1/2 juice of a lime and lime zest
  • 2 teaspoons of crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon of minced garlic
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon of dry basil and dry thyme

Mix it all together and there is your sauce!

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When everything was done I made myself a plate.

I took the burger and drizzled my sauce on top. Crumbled some Mexican Queso Fresco on top of that (I LOVE this cheese) and placed a slice of tomato on top of that. Then I placed a few of my left over fries on the plate and I decided I needed a salad also. I had some spring mix so I got that with diced pears, about a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and oil, and salt and pepper.

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I was pleased with this lunch, the pears were a really nice touch too because they were perfectly soft and sweet. This meal was filling without leaving me with a gross feeling. And that’s how food should be! Food is supposed to give you energy not leave you lethargic!

I hope you guys try this out and if you have any suggestions or feedback I’d love to hear it!

Happy Wednesday

-Nicole ❤

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