Savory Sweet Potato Burgers

Savory Sweet Potato Burgers

Here’s where we’re at with this recipe: I’ve had it saved since June because I wasn’t sure how well-received a sweet potato burger would be on Sugar Dish Me. So I need you to know a couple things: In between all the pizza, Tex-Mex, and cupcakes, this is the kinda thing I actually really like to eat. In fact!! I make veggie burgers way more often than I make burgers with turkey or chicken or beef. Mostly because I am pretty fussy about meat. But also because vegetables are CHEAPER! And more healthy.

If you think sweet potato burgers are not your cup of tea then pretty puh-leez just trust me. I feed 3 dudes 3 meals a day 7 days a week (except on Friday evenings when I refuse to mess up the kitchen and I make Chad figure out what we are eating for the evening. Read: take-out). Meat-eating ground-chuck-loving insatiable-hunger dudes. For example, right now I am about to make pancakes and I have had to chase one of them out of the snack cabinet TWICE. Anyway, the hungry guys like my veggie burgers.

Savory Sweet Potato Burgers

But most importantly I like my veggie burgers. And so, in the spirit of validation, I sort of really want you to like them, too.

Anyway– who doesn’t like sweet potatoes?

You might remember the maple cream from these Smoky Sweet Potato Tacos. I basically love them. Any excuse to wrap something up in a tortilla, right? So the maple cream is necessary here sort of like ketchup is necessary on a beef burger. Or BBQ sauce. Just pretend the maple cream is very fancy BBQ sauce.

Savory Sweet Potato Burgers

I can’t even explain how much I love these. Serve them with a salad because starch + starch can be a little carb heavy. But you’ll have all the Vitamin A you need. Plus lots of other important nutrition-ey things.

Make these burgers.

5.0 from 2 reviews
Savory Sweet Potato Burgers
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Mashed sweet potatoes make amazing veggie burgers!!! Prep time does not include the time required to cook the sweet potatoes. You can bake them or microwave them so the time will vary. These burgers are loaded with cannellini beans, and smoky spice and then are topped with a delicious maple cream.
Serves: 4
  • For the Sweet Potato Patties:
  • ½ tablespoon oil
  • ½ tablespoon butter
  • ¼ cup onion, finely diced
  • dash of salt
  • 2 large sweet potatoes, cooked and mashed(I prefer to bake mine but the microwave works!)
  • 1 cup cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • ½ cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1½ teaspoons paprika (smoked if you have it)
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2-3 tablespoons whole wheat flour, as needed
  • For the Maple Cream:
  • ⅓ cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • To Dress the Burgers:
  • 4 ciabatta rolls (or burger buns-- whole wheat!!)
  • 1 avocado, sliced or smashed
  • Other toppings such as lettuce, tomato, or onion as desired
  1. Heat the oil and melt the butter in a small skillet. Add the onions and a dash of salt. Cook them over medium heat for about 10 minutes, until they are soft and caramelly. Scrape them into a large bowl.
  2. Add the mashed sweet potatoes, cannellini beans, bread crumbs, paprika, onion powder, and salt. Mix everything well and add the flour a tablespoon at a time as needed if the mixture won't stick together.
  3. Form the mixture into 4 burger patties.
  4. Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. You can spray with non-stick cook spray if desired. Cook the patties for about 3-4 minutes on each side. They will char a little.You are only heating them through-- everything is already cooked!
  5. To make the Maple cream, just mix together the Greek yogurt and maple syrup.
  6. Add a patty to each ciabatta bun, Top with the maple cream avocado, and other burger toppings.
  7. Serve warm.

This recipe was adapted from the Smoky Sweet Potato Burgers with Roasted Garlic Cream and Avocado at How Sweet It Is. I’m pretty sure she has never cooked anything I wouldn’t just totally shove in my face. It is goooooood stuff you guys.

Savory Sweet Potato Burgers


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  1. Pru says

    You had me at Savory Sweet Potato burgers… I’m sold.. :-) I’m already at the cabin, so it can’t happen this weekend, but it sure can next week sometime! Looking forward to trying them!!

    • says

      Yay! I’m so glad I didn’t have to twist your arm!! I get nervous when I post less conventional recipes, but really– I totally love these.

  2. HelloMyNameIsMichelle says

    Um WHAT! I never even heard of a sweet potato burger but I totally want one…like badly lol YUM!!!

    • says

      Yes!!! Make this!! Eat it on a salad or something if you can’t have the bread. LOvvveee these burgers. Also– I was scared for so long to post this recipe cause I thought people would be like WHAT ARE YOU DOING HEATHER!? But the response has been good. Yay!!

  3. says

    Such a fabulous combination! I’m a sweet potato lover, too, so greetings. I love them so much I make the world’s only sweet potato salsas. I’ve been selling them for a few years now out of my home in Vermont, and now they’re getting around… North Carolina, Georgia, CT, NY, Mass, and more… we’re in about 30+ stores and are going live on Amazon this week… and get this… one of my flavors has white beans too! It’s the Tuscan flavor. Also I make a Moroccan, and three Mexican Sweet Potato Salsas (mild, med, hot).

    Anyway, thought you and your sweet potato lover readers might want to know…

    And I completely agree that sweet potatoes make the BEST burgers. Nice job!

  4. says

    Normally I wouldn’t think twice on making a veggie burger for hubs only because he loves, love, loves beef haha, but he also loves sweet potatoes. So I’m wondering if he’d love these just as much…. we’ll have to find out!

    • says

      Haha– I am actually in the same boat! Cooking for Chad– a total man’s man and captain of all things red meat — can be tricky! He has a physically demanding job and is also very active and he LOVES a big ‘ol beef cheeseburger. I’m fortunate that he is also not a picky eater and happily taste tests all the things, these sweet potato burgers included! He gives them a big thumbs up. They are really very filling and that savory sweet kind of satisfying– I hope you guys like them! Thanks Angie!1

    • says

      Ohh try it!!! I also use it on those sweet potato quinoa tacos. It is awesome. Sweet potato burgers are my jam. I want to make these again!

  5. Dawn Novak says

    I think it would be helpful to have a closer measurement on the amount of sweet potato. My idea of large may be completely different than yours. lol Anyway, I’m giving these a go tonight. My youngest daughter is a vegetarian and I’m always looking for new foods to try for her. Can’t wait to sink my teeth in either because I love, love, LOVE sweet potatoes!

    • says

      Hi Dawn!! So glad you are trying these! You should end up with3-4 cups mashed. The great thing about veggie burgers is that they kind of come together like meatloaf– you just keep adding things to reach your own ideal consistency :) Let me know if you have any trouble! I know I have a handful of readers that have tried this one successfully. Also– a tip: refrigerating the patties can help them stick together before cooking. I do that while I pull the rest of the meal together sometimes. Let me know how they work out! thanks for the feedback!

  6. Nikole says

    Holy cow! These were fantastic! I’m at my boyfriends for the weekend and I love cooking for him! I’ve made your lemon kissed quinoa dupe and thought I’d check out more recipes. I’m a huge sweet potato fan so these sounded perfect! I must say these were phenomenal.. I literally just finished eating one and my boyfriend finished 1 and a half! (I’m not sure how – they’re incredibly filling). I made the quinoa salad to go with it and it went well! Both are very meaty and filling, but this was a great vegetarian meal. The cream sauce, avocado, and burger go so so well. Absolutely delicious! Your grilled Philly’s are happening tomorrow!! Thank you heather for spreading the food love :)


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