Growing up without eating red meat, I was always looking for some kind of alternative that I could enjoy while my friends were scarfing down their juicy burgers. It’s not that I wanted to eat a real burger, but the idea of having a thick burger with fresh tomato, lettuce, and a mouth-watering sauce between two fluffy buns is what made me realize I was missing out.
Burgers are the ultimate American meal, whether you’re at a BBQ, a well-known restaurant or just at a bar with friends, they are classic comfort food. And I do give brands like Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods a lot of credit because of their creativity using veggies to mimic meat. However, I’m just not that into fake meat; I don’t love the texture, the color, or the smell. I would much rather stick with something I’m familiar with, like beans!
Which brings me to my *new* favorite black bean sweet potato and quinoa burgers. This recipe is actually perfect for an easy weeknight dinner and they can also be frozen which is super convenient. I have a feeling that these will become a staple because they’re 100% gluten-free and vegan, plus have just 4 ingredients (not including spices). I usually would eat this with a bun but I didn’t have any at the time so I just ate them naked.
- Cut your sweet potato in half and wrap both halves in a damp paper towel. Microwave them both for 6 minutes until they’re soft.
- While your sweet potatoes are cooking, start sauteeing your onions in a little bit of olive oil.
- You can either heat up your black beans in a pan or in the microwave, then smash a full cup and leave the remaining as is.
- Remove the flesh of the sweet potato and add to a large bowl with the cooked quinoa, black beans, and spices then mix.
- Form little patties with the mixture. This batch should make between 5-7 depending on the size.
- Heat up some olive oil in your pan and place your patties in the pan once the oil is hot then mix your mayo and siracha while the burger is cooking.
- Flip the burger after 3-4 minutes and continue this process until all of your burgers are cooked. Then serve with some of your siracha mayo and top with cilantro and you’ve got yourself a fantastic homemade black bean burger.
*You can also freeze them which is what I did in the photo above using some parchment paper.