Veggie Burgers for the Win!
Okay, so I’m not vegan, or gluten free or lactose intolerant or vegetarian or anything. I do know that a lot of people are following certain diets or have dietary restrictions based on health concerns. Hopefully, this recipe can work for most of you no matter what you eat or don’t eat.
I enjoy food of all kinds and I love to try new recipes and switch things up. Hamburgers are one of Jacks favourite things to have for dinner and this summer we had them A LOT. I started to get sick of the usual beef burgers that I make and started switching up the types of burgers we were eating. I made cheddar apple chicken burgers, bbq chicken burgers, turkey cranberry Brie burgers and then thought why not make veggie burgers??
These sweet potato black bean veggie burgers are SOOO good, easy to make and super healthy. My husband, who enjoys his meat loves them and Jack eats them up just as quickly as he scarfs down his usual cheeseburger.
- 1 large sweet potato or two small ones
- 1/2 Cup Cilantro
- 1/2 Purple onion
- 1 can Black beans
- 1/2 cup cooked Quinoa
- 1 cup Old fashioned oats
- 1 tsp Cumin
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1/4 tsp salt
- Preheat oven to 400. Cut sweet potatoe(s) in half and place face down on parchment lined cookie sheet. Bake until soft, about 35 to 40 mins.
- Cook your quinoa if it is not already cooked.
- Roughly chop cilantro and add to large mixing bowl.
- Dice the onion and add it to the bowl.
- In a blender or food processor blend your oats until they are the consistency of bread crumbs. Add to the bowl.
- Add your spices and salt to the bowl.
- Pull the skin off of your sweet potato, you should be able to just pinch it and pull it off. Add the sweet potato to the bowl.
- Finally, add the quinoa to the bowl.
- Mix everything together.
- Portion into 4-6 balls and then flatten into patties.
That’s it! You can grill these on the BBQ but be sure to use a generous amount of non-stick cooking spray. You can also just cook them in a frying pan with a little bit of oil of your choice. You don’t need to cook them long either way as everything is cooked, basically a few minutes to heat them up.
These also freeze really well so I usually double the batch, lay them out on a cookie sheet, freeze them and then wrap them individually in Saran Wrap and keep them in the freezer.
We like to say that the bun makes the burger, I mean when you’ve got great buns…. haha! So serve with your favourite type of hamburger bun, a beautiful brioche style bun, or a hearty whole wheat mmm. You can also go bun less, these are great as a side to a salad or just on their own with a side of hummus for a quick and easy lunch. I hope you enjoy!