The Best Veggie Burger with Black Beans & Sweet Potatoes

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Quinoa, sweet potatoes, black beans & veggies are combined in this healthy, gluten free, black bean veggie burger recipe. These veggie burgers can be prepped ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator or freezer!

Hand Holding Black Bean Veggie Burger

Over the years I’ve tried many veggie burgers, from homemade, to restaurants, to pre-packaged at the grocery store, you always get one of two things, a burger filled with veggies or a vegetarian burger that’s masquerading as a meat burger, which tastes more like meat than veggies.

While I’ve had great versions of both, I tend to prefer the veggie-filled burgers. Since I’m not a vegetarian, when I eat veggie burgers I’m not trying to replace a beef or turkey burger, I’m simply looking for a super flavorful and unique way to go meatless and add more veggies to my diet!

After years of working on creating the perfect veggie burger, I’m here today to introduce you to The Best Veggie Burger you’ll ever have!

Black Bean Veggie Burger with Lettuce Tomato and Avocado

What is in a black bean veggie burger?

Gluten free black bean burgers are filled with a combination of quinoa, black beans, sweet potatoes, jalapenos, red peppers, onions, egg, crushed rice chex (or gluten free breadcrumbs) and spices.

Are veggie burgers good for you?

This black bean veggie burger recipe is very good for you. Each veggie burger patty only contains 129 calories and 1 gram of fat, yet provides 5 grams of fiber, 150.2% of your daily Vitamin A needs, 19.3% of daily Vitamin C needs and 11.4% of your daily iron needs.

Grilled Black Bean Veggie Burgers

What sauce to put on veggie burgers?

I top these veggie burgers with mashed avocado and usually a drizzle of hot sauce. This Vegan Ranch Dressing would also be delicious drizzled over these gluten free veggie burgers or a dollop of this Green Tahini Sauce.

What goes with Veggie Burgers?

Gluten Free Sweet Potato Tots, Rosemary Parmesan Fries, Buffalo Potato Salad or a Grilled Tomato Kale Salad are all great options to go with this Sweet Potato Black Bean Burger Recipe.

Veggie Burgers with Avocado

Can I freeze black bean burgers?

Yes! I like to place each black bean veggie burger in it’s own plastic zipper bag before placing it in the freezer, so that I can take one out at a time to eat for a meal. If you’re planning to eat more than one at a time, you can freeze 2 or more together, but be sure to place wax paper between each burger so that they do not stick together.

To thaw the veggie burgers, I place them in the refrigerator the day before, then cook them according to the recipe below. If you don’t have that much time, you can use the defrost function on your microwave to thaw them quicker. If you go straight from the freezer to the grill, or a skillet on the stove, the outside of the burgers will burn before the inside gets cooked completely, so you will want to thaw them out before cooking them.

Veggie Burger on Bun

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Lettuce Wrapped Veggie Burger
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Sweet Potato Black Bean Veggie Burgers

Quinoa, sweet potatoes, black beans & veggies are combined in this healthy, gluten free, black bean veggie burger recipe, which can be prepped ahead and stored in the refrigerator or freezer!

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 9 burgers
Calories 129 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 lb sweet potatoes peeled & cubed
  • 15 oz can black beans
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1/2 cup red onion diced
  • 1/2 cup red bell pepper diced
  • 1 jalapeno de-seeded & diced
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp ground chipotle powder
  • 1 tsp fresh cilantro chopped
  • 1/4 cup rice chex cereal crushed
  • 1 egg

Optional - For Serving

  • 9 hamburger buns
  • 9 butter or iceberg lettuce leaves (for wrapping)
  • 1 avocado mashed
  • 1 tomato sliced

Instructions

  1. Boil a large pot of water. Add the sweet potatoes to the boiling water, cook for 15-20 minutes, or until fork tender.

  2. While the potatoes are boiling, rinse and drain the black beans. Add 1 cup of the beans to a large mixing bowl and smash with a fork to create a paste to hold the burgers together.

  3. Drain the sweet potatoes and add them to the smashed beans. Smash them into the mixture with a fork without turning them into a puree.

  4. Add the cooked quinoa to the mixing bowl.

  5. Add the chopped onion, red pepper, jalapeño, garlic and the remaining whole black beans.

  6. Add the cumin, chipotle pepper, cilantro, crushed rice chex and egg.

  7. Mix together, then use your hands to form into 9 patties.

  8. Place the burgers on a grill over medium heat for 10 minutes, flip and grill for an additional 10 minutes.

Recipe Notes

Calories are per veggie burger patty and do not contain any toppings or hamburger buns.

Other Cooking Methods: Place the burgers on a baking sheet in a 375°F oven for 20 minutes, flipping half-way through, or cook them in a cast iron skillet on the stove over medium heat for 10 minutes per side.

Gluten free breadcrumbs can be substituted for the crushed rice chex cereal.

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