I am so excited to share these sweet potato black bean burgers with you! This is my go-to veggie burger recipe. I’ve been making it for years, so I apologize that they are just now making it to the blog.

(I do have another vegetarian black bean burger recipe if you are looking for something more traditional).

This is a great option if you’re tired of plain old black bean burgers. I usually keep frozen patties on hand for quick dinners. The patties can be reheated quickly just like the store bought kind!

These burgers are flavor packed, but we all know there’s one test that all patties have to test. And yes, these pass.


▢1/2 cup mashed sweet potato from one medium sweet potato

▢2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil plus more for coating sweet potato

▢1 and 1/2 cups black beans, drained and rinsed equivalent to one 15 ounce can

▢1 cup diced white onion from one medium onion

▢1 small jalapeno diced (optional

▢3 cloves garlic minced

▢1/2 teaspoon salt divided in half

▢1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

▢1/4 teaspoon chipotle chili powder

▢1 teaspoon dry parsley

▢1 large egg whisked

▢1 cup plain bread crumbs

▢5 burger buns

▢lettuce and barbecue sauce for topping


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly coat whole sweet potato in olive oil. Poke several holes in the sweet potato using a knife. Place on a baking sheet and roast in the oven until tender, about 45 minutes to an hour depending on the size of your sweet potato.

Remove skin from the sweet potato. Mash the inside until almond pureed. Measure out 1/2 cup of the mashed sweet potato. Before adding black beans, pat them with a paper towel to remove excess moisture. Combine the sweet potato and black beans and mash a little more. You want some whole beans to remain for texture. Set aside.

Heat 2 teaspoons olive oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Once hot, add diced onion, jalapeno and garlic. Sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt. Saute until golden brown, about 5 minutes.

Stir sauteed onion, jalapeno and garlic into the sweet potato mixture. Add the seasonings (cumin, 1/4 teaspoon salt, chipotle chili powder, parsley), whisked egg and bread crumbs. Mix until a loose ball forms.

Form the mixture into patties. I like to make mine about the width of my palm. For best results, make sure the burger is no more than 1/2 inch thick when cooking. The thinner the patty, the firmer it will be.

Heat a skillet over medium heat (I use the same skillet I sauteed the onions in for extra flavor). Lightly spray with non-stick cooking spray. Once hot, add patties. Saute until lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Flip and cook the other side until browned.

Serve on burger buns with for favorite fixings, such as lettuce or kale and barbecue sauce. Enjoy!


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