Monday, April 29, 2013

Sweet Potato Black Bean Burgers

Sweet Potato Black Bean Burgers

Do you observe “Meatless Monday”?  For as many meatless meals I have around here, I don’t think we have discussed this very important day of the week!  Not that we observe it every week.  I mean, is it even a real thing?  Anyway, for various reasons, we choose to eat meat/poultry only a couple of times per week.

Now, let me tell you – Paul and I were both born and raised in the Midwest so I don’t that that either of us could completely give up red meat.  Let’s just establish that right now.  However, we do feel passionately about buying high quality meat when we do consume it and that just means that we consume it less often.

sweet potato black bean burgers

But let me assure you that we do not sacrifice flavor or variety with our meatless meals.  You might know I have a thing with black bean burgers.  I have probably never made one the exact same twice.  I guess the more variety, the better.   Our friends and family love these and they really can be made with any combination of veggies and flavors.

But it wasn’t until recently that had planned to make black bean burgers and then realized that I had some sweet potatoes that really needed to be eaten.  So I threw some sweet potatoes in with the flavors of our favorite black bean burgers.  I left the quinoa out of this one, added a little sugar and man, do these take their place at the top of the list of favorite meals.  An instant winner in our house!

sweet potato black bean burgers

Don’t miss the recipe for these Sweet Potato Black Bean Burgers at Imperial Sugar’s website!

These burgers are super simple and the flavors are very adaptable.  We like them spicy but if you are feeding them to kids, I would recommend reducing the hot sauce a bit.  Also, these freeze and re-heat beautifully.  Just freeze them on waxed paper on a cookie sheet, then remove from the freezer, wrap in plastic wrap and then in foil.  Thaw in the fridge when you are ready to cook them.  The burgers will also last, uncooked, for about four days in an airtight container in the fridge.

sweet potato black bean burgers

I have an ongoing relationship with Imperial Sugar for recipe development.  All opinions are my own, as always.


56 Responses to “Sweet Potato Black Bean Burgers”

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    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — April 29, 2013 @ 7:09 am

    We have a very similar philosophy! We don’t always eat meatless on Monday but we do eat meatless several days a week. We try to only buy organic chicken/grassfed beef so instead of taking out a second mortgage, we just eat less meat. 🙂

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    Jen @ Savory Simple — April 29, 2013 @ 7:12 am

    We don’t focus on Mondays specifically but we do try to go easy on the meat. These burgers look like a perfect substitute!

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    Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats — April 29, 2013 @ 7:14 am

    We’ve been trying to implement meatless mondays, and I was just looking around for a new veggie or black bean burger! I LOVE that there is sweet potato in these, my recent obsession! CAn’t wait to try these!

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    Tracey — April 29, 2013 @ 7:53 am

    We don’t do as many meatless meals as I’d like to, my husband is a meat and potatoes guy through and through! We’re working on it though… I’ve been brainstorming healthier burger ideas for summer, love the combo of black beans and sweet potatoes here!

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    Tieghan — April 29, 2013 @ 7:58 am

    These look perfect Cassie!! I want these tonight! Also these make me want summer! I am so ready for summer!

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    Averie @ Averie Cooks — April 29, 2013 @ 8:02 am

    I’m meatless every day and these are great!
    It was fun to finally meet you, Cassie! 🙂

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    Kelly @ Life made Sweeter — April 29, 2013 @ 8:14 am

    Yum, what a great meatless meal! These sweet potato burgers look great!

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    Joanie @ Zagleft — April 29, 2013 @ 8:17 am

    We go meatless quite a few times in a week and my son is a strict vegetarian so I’ll have to try these. They look wonderful!

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    Amy @Very Culinary — April 29, 2013 @ 8:21 am

    I gave up all meat for several years, but, well…bacon and chicken wings drew me back in! Ha. Vegetarian food still remains some of my favorite though. I would love these burgers!

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    Bev @ Bev Cooks — April 29, 2013 @ 8:22 am


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    Laurie {SimplyScratch} — April 29, 2013 @ 8:23 am

    I’m not sure my husband would go for meatless Monday’s but he would go for these burgers! Pinned and bookmarked fo-SHO!

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    Erin | The Law Student's Wife — April 29, 2013 @ 8:25 am

    Black beans + sweet potatoes are one of my fave flavor combos! We put them together for quesadillas all the time, but have never tried them in a burger. Great idea! Also, we have a similar meat philosophy around here (that I don’t want to wash the cutting board that frequently…)

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    claire @ the realistic nutritionist — April 29, 2013 @ 9:18 am

    These look SO GOOD!!!!

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    Jess — April 29, 2013 @ 9:19 am

    Oh yes, Cassie – I went rogue and turned into a vegetarian in college. Then I realized that I could never possibly give up red meat entirely. Thank goodness – it only takes one whiff of those midwestern ribs to make me glad I changed my mind. But, like you guys, most nights of the week we don’t eat any meat at all. Veggie burgers are an easy sell even for my meat-loving husband. These look fantastic!

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    sarah k @ the pajama chef — April 29, 2013 @ 9:40 am

    we made your black bean burgers several times last summer…will have to try these too!

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    Samantha @FerraroKitchen — April 29, 2013 @ 9:56 am

    Need to make these! Always lookin’ for veggie-burgers!

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    Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — April 29, 2013 @ 10:04 am

    I love black bean burgers are so yummy and I love the addition of sweet potatoes!

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    Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie — April 29, 2013 @ 10:09 am

    I recently have been getting more adventurous when it comes to meatless burgers. I’ll have to try this one too!

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    deborah — April 29, 2013 @ 10:13 am

    Love that these have sweet potatoes – want!!

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    Joanne — April 29, 2013 @ 10:13 am

    I observe meatlesss monday…every day! Lol.

    I do love my black bean burgers and I especially love them paired with sweet potatoes. Usually I eat them as fries but I love the idea of mashing sweet potato into the burger mix!

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    saly @ sallys baking addiction — April 29, 2013 @ 10:24 am

    I love black bean burgers, Cassie. I’ve never added sweet potato – another favorite!! Headed over to grab the recipe. I must pin it and remake it. Kevin has started to love my black bean burger nights!!

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    Aggie — April 29, 2013 @ 10:49 am

    For as many meatless meals we have here a week, I laugh because they usually never fall on a Monday! This burger looks absolutely delicious Cassie! You know I love it!!! 🙂

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    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — April 29, 2013 @ 11:19 am

    I must try them!

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    Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain — April 29, 2013 @ 11:37 am

    I totally gotta try this! I am always looking for healthier burgers for the hubs and I. 🙂

  25. #
    ashley - baker by nature — April 29, 2013 @ 12:12 pm

    We don’t do meatless mondays, but I sure as heck wouldn’t mind starting if these burgers were involved!!!

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — April 29, 2013 @ 12:27 pm

    Loooove!! These look awesome!

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    Megan {Country Cleaver} — April 29, 2013 @ 12:45 pm

    There is never a day that goes by that I don’t want a burger in my life – meatless or not – if it’s sammiched in between a bun then it’s for me!! You totally rocked this one girl, and I have everything I need. Hmmm, looks like I got dinner planned!

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    Carla @ Carlas Confections — April 29, 2013 @ 12:52 pm

    Wow those look incredible! I am trying Meatless Monday today, and already craving meat 😉 But I could do without if I can have these burgers! Yum!

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — April 29, 2013 @ 1:01 pm

    Fab idea for a veggie burger!

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    Carrie @ Bakeaholic Mama — April 29, 2013 @ 1:25 pm

    I can never have enough bean burger recipes. THese ones are speaking to me!

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — April 29, 2013 @ 1:36 pm

    These look like the yummiest black bean burgers I’ve ever seen! Such a tasty recipe, Cassie!

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    Rachel @ Bakerita — April 29, 2013 @ 6:12 pm

    Oh my goodness do these sound incredible!! I love a good meaty burger, but these sound like a fabulous alternative that I’ll need to be trying for sure. Pinned!

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    Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective — April 29, 2013 @ 7:13 pm

    Love Black Bean Burgers! I bet I’ll love them even more with the sweet potato in them! Thanks for the recipe, Cassie! 🙂

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    Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry — April 29, 2013 @ 8:06 pm

    Sweet, savory and spice! Three things I cant resist in a recipe. Two thumbs up.

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    Kristin @ Dizzy Busy and Hungry! — April 29, 2013 @ 8:23 pm

    These burgers look delicious! I love the addition of the sweet potatoes. Yum!

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    Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles — April 29, 2013 @ 8:49 pm

    I love the sound of this, with the sweet potato. I need to try these soon!

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    DessertForTwo — April 29, 2013 @ 8:57 pm

    I love your black bean burger obsession.

    Hey, gorgeous, did you know you pasted the same paragraph twice in this post? It starts with “But let me assure you.” anyway, sorry to be annoying and point it out; I would want someone to tell me!

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    dishing up the dirt — April 29, 2013 @ 9:32 pm

    We don’t eat much meat either. But burgers are our weakness. This veggie version sounds so stinking good! And don’t even get me started on sweet taters….can’t get enough of them!!!

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    Ali | Gimme Some Oven — April 29, 2013 @ 11:48 pm

    These sound amazing! I am with you on consuming higher quality meat less frequently. These sound PERFECT for meatless Monday! 🙂

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    Jamie | Thrifty Veggie Mama — April 30, 2013 @ 7:31 am

    I made your black bean burgers this weekend and hubby said they were the best veggie burgers I’ve ever made!

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    Jackie @ Domestic Fits — April 30, 2013 @ 10:12 am

    Cassie, I’m so glad we got to hang out! You are fabulous, and I hope I can see you again soon. I LOVE these burgers, great veg burgers are sometimes even better than meat burgers. Perfect meat-free option!

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    Tracy | Peanut Butter and Onion — April 30, 2013 @ 10:52 am

    I’ve never had a sweet potato burger,,, this looks like a great veggie alternative.. perfect for spring

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    Angie — April 30, 2013 @ 11:07 am

    I still haven’t made black bean burgers. I need to try these!

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    Tara @ Unsophisticook — April 30, 2013 @ 12:11 pm

    We don’t do meatless Mondays, but we’re definitely going to try these!

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    steph@stephsbitebybite — April 30, 2013 @ 12:11 pm

    I have got to get on this sweet potato trend! Now just gotta think of a way to fool the hubby

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    Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel — April 30, 2013 @ 3:11 pm

    Even though I just ate lunch, I’m officially starving again. These burgers look AWESOME, Cassie! I actually prefer veggie burgers to meat burgers because I love the different textures and flavors from the combo veggies. Sweet potatoes are my fave, too, so this burger is like, meant for me.

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    Jennifer @ Mother Thyme — April 30, 2013 @ 8:35 pm

    Love, love, love these! Just added these to my dinner menu for next week.

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    kita — April 30, 2013 @ 9:15 pm

    I would love to try these burgers. They sound so up my ally – and this is coming from a meatatarian!

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — May 1, 2013 @ 3:34 am

    I don’t think I could give up red meat either but I do try to observe Meatless Monday when I can.

    I can’t wait to try out this burger recipe. I’m sure Jason won’t go near it but that just means extra for me!

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    Kathryn — May 1, 2013 @ 6:33 am

    We have exactly the same attitude towards eating meat – the more vegetarian meals we have during the week, the better I feel about our diet. These look so tasty & delicious and I defy anyone to notice the lack of meat!

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    Jenny @ BAKE — May 1, 2013 @ 8:11 am

    I am going to have to try these burgers! we try to only eat meat twice a week now, which leaves room for a couple of vegetarian and a couple of fish dishes. This recipe looks so good!

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    Marly — May 1, 2013 @ 8:32 am

    At our household we are definitely meatless on Mondays…and every day of the week! When you have great things to eat like these Sweet Potato Black Bean Burgers, it’s a fun and tasty way to live…and so healthy too! Love this recipe and can’t wait to give it try!

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    Sandy@ReluctantEntertainer — May 1, 2013 @ 11:33 am

    We eat meatless about 5 days a week. Would love to try this recipe! 🙂

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    Nutmeg Nanny — May 1, 2013 @ 7:08 pm

    These burgers look wonderful 🙂 I’d love to make these soon!

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    Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies — May 6, 2013 @ 5:03 pm

    I always love a good veggie burger for dinner. These look awesome! 🙂


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