Make Ahead

Southwestern Sweet Potato Veggie Burgers

September  1, 2010
1 Ratings
  • Makes 4 Burgers
Author Notes

I love a good veggie burger and the fact that they can be prepared in the oven for burgers any time of the year. This version, a riff on my favorite black bean veggie burgers, uses sweet potatoes and red beans as the base for a hearty, yummy burgers. —MadisonMayberry

What You'll Need
  • 1 medium sweet potato
  • 1 (15-oz) can of red beans or black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (8.5-oz) whole kernel corn, rinsed and drained
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and sliced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/3 cup cumbled feta cheese
  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or lightly grease with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. Microwave the sweet potato in the microwave for 5 minutes. Remove from microwave, split in half and scoop out the flesh. Discard the skin. Place the flesh in the bowl of your food processor (this all can be done by hand with a potato masher if you do not have a food processor) along with half the kidney or black beans, half the corn, the flour, garlic, olive oil, salt, pepper, coriander, paprika, and chili powder.
  3. Process until almost completely smooth, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary. Transfer blended mixture to a bowl and add in the remaining beans, corn, and the crumbled feta cheese.
  4. Form mixture into four patties (mixture will be soft) and place on the prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese, if desired, and bake in the oven for 45 minutes, flipping gently half way through baking. Remove from oven and allow to cool on baking sheet for 10 minutes.

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I'm a 22-year-old Midwesterner and the voice behind the blog Espresso and Cream ( During the day, I'm a food editor at Meredith Corporation and do on-camera work when opportunities come my way. It goes without saying that I love to cook and bake, and am happiest when I'm in the kitchen. I'm a exercise junkie, recently-converted vegetarian to the chagrin of my boyfriend, magazine fanatic, and an animal lover who desperately wants to buy a puppy, if only I could solve the white couch dilemma. I don't like pretentious, fussy, or complicated food. The recipes you find here reflect how I like to eat. Simple food made with quality ingredients, and bit of creative flair thrown in for variety. My recipes are easy to prepare, delicious, and mostly healthy - minus the desserts. Those are just easy and delicious.

5 Reviews

Scott S. July 29, 2020
it's easy, delicious, flexible to available ingredients (important during a pandemic), and just a winner.

Thank goodness our best friend served it to us less than a week ago. We made it tonight. We all loved it and agreed that we'd tweak it a bit over time to try different seasonings and vegetables. The author is correct that it's very wet going into the oven. When done, it holds together well and has a great bite.

We'll still probably try grinding a smaller amount in the food processor along with drying out the potato a little more.
Joanne M. March 7, 2013
These were AWESOME! They were definitey mushy to start with, but I needed to up the temp to 425 on my oven and they ended up nicely formed and crisp. They were a bi hit with company and my 11 and 13 year olds even liked them! Great recipe.
JeanBee April 20, 2012
I've made up my mind to stop buying frozen veggie patties when better tasting ones could be made for cheaper and healthier. This combo of flavors sounds lovely. Can't wait to try it out for myself!
TheWimpyVegetarian September 8, 2010
I love this too! I'm definitely making these guys!! I'm looking for great vegetarian meals and this looks like something I would love. Saved!
AntoniaJames September 1, 2010
Love it!! I can see having a lot of fun with the spices, cheese and type of beans. Very nice. Saved!! ;o)