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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.


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.


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Thursday 24th of April 2014

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 :)


Friday 25th of April 2014

Hey Nikole! I'm so glad!!! Thank you X 1000! P.S. Your comments are my freaking favorite.

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Thursday 24th of October 2013

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My Inner Chick

Tuesday 13th of August 2013

--All I can add is FAN-Freaking-Tastic!


Tuesday 13th of August 2013

Awww thanks!!! :)

Julie @ This Gal Cooks

Sunday 11th of August 2013

These look so good! We would love these in my house. Pinned! Glad you finally got around to sharing this recipe. :)


Tuesday 13th of August 2013

Thank you Julie!! I'm glad I shared it too-- it was surprisingly very well received!

Dawn Novak

Sunday 11th of August 2013

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!


Sunday 11th of August 2013

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!