Sweet Potato Burgers

In an effort to make meal planning easier, I’m trying to be consistent with themes like Taco Tuesday and Burger and Fries on FRYday. Burgers are so great because they are convenient, can be easily customized, and can be very nutritious. Definitely something I don’t mind eating every week.

There is such a wide variety of veggie burgers to make! What is your favorite veggie burger recipe? If you have one, I’d love to hear from you! We love trying new recipes.

I have our favorite black bean burger linked here. Our other favorite is a sweet potato burger. The sweetness combined with spicy-ness and a little smokiness is so YUMMY! Most of all, burgers take on the taste of the condiments….so put your favorites on there! This burger pairs well with anything sweet or spicy. BBQ sauce, kethcup, hot sauce, or a sweet mustard sauce are all delicious. I just stir together equal parts mustard with maple syrup for a really yummy sauce. The more sauce, the better, we say. You could do ranch and BBQ sauce, as in my other sweet potato burger recipe. 

There is texture in these burgers from the beans and sunflower seeds. They are slightly soft, as sweet potato burgers inherently are, but we think they’re still delicious.

Just in case you’re wondering, “Can I eat fries with a POTATO burger?”

Yes, yes you can. You’ll be sufficiently satisfied after. As most of you know, whole-food plant based eaters DO watch their carbs. We watch them cook, then watch them fill our plates, then watch them disappear into our mouths. We definitely watch our carbs.

(Pssssttt because whole food carbs are different from refined carbs! They don’t cause weight gain! Don’t believe me? Check out High Carb Hannah, Mastering Diabetes,  Chef AJ, The Starch Solution, or just look at my own husband who eats more carbs than anyone I’ve ever met and is so fit).

If you want to avoid the bun, these are delicious on their own! They’re like little sweet potato nuggets or cakes that you can dip in sauce or eat on a salad. They are also delicious served in lettuce instead of a bun.

If you’re into sweet potatoes like I am, you’ll also like these Sweet Potato Black Bean Burritos. Want a different type of veggie burger? This is my new favorite veggie burger recipe, from Oh She Glows. 

4.75 from 4 votes
Sweet Potato Burgers
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
20 mins

These delicious burgers are full of flavor, and they freeze well for easy meals.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bean burger, sweet potato burger, Veggie burger, wfpb
Servings: -2 burgers
Author: Faithful Plateful
  • 3 TBSP ground flax seed
  • 2 sweet potatoes (or 1 large)
  • 2 cans garbanzo beans or white beans, drained (or 3 cups, cooked)
  • 1 TBSP each of cumin, smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp chipotle chili powder or chipotle hot sauce
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 2 TBSP nutritional yeast (optional)
  • 3 TBSP ketchup or tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
For Serving with the Burgers
  • 8 whole wheat hamburger buns
  • BBQ Sauce, Ketchup, Mustard, Ranch dressing, etc.
  • lettuce, tomato, sprouts, cucumber, pickled veggies
  • Maple Mustard sauce is delicious: mix equal parts Dijon mustard (or your favorite mustard) with maple syrup
  1. Bake the sweet potato in the microwave for about 8-10 minutes, until soft, or in a crock pot or oven for 1-2 hours.

  2. Mix the ground flax seed with 1/3 cup water in a large bowl. Let sit for 5 minutes. This creates a flax "egg" that helps the burgers bind together and not be crumbly.

  3. Cut the sweet potato open and scoop the baked potato into a measuring cup. Measure 2 cups of potato in the large bowl with the flax seed. Mash with a fork.

  4. Add the beans, and mash until most of the beans are no longer in tact, but they create some texture. You don't want it smooth puree or your burger will be more mushy.

  5. Add all remaining ingredients and stir well. Taste, and add more spices or hot sauce to make it spicier, if desired. It should be delicious!

  6. Form patties by filling a 1/2 cup measure and whacking the burger mixture out of the measuring cup into your hand, then pressing into a burger patty. Makes 8-9 burgers.

  7. Place them on parchment paper or a silicone baking mat on a cookie sheet. Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes, flip over, then bake about 10 more, until firm and golden.

    You can also put them in the air fryer for about 10 minutes, flipping, then 5 minutes more.

  8. Serve on buns with lettuce, tomato, your favorite condiments. Sweet and spicy sauces go really well with this burger, like BBQ sauce, hot sauce, or maple mustard sauce made by stirring together equal parts mustard and maple syrup.

  9. To freeze

  10. To freeze, you can freeze the unbaked patties in a container with wax paper between the patties to separate them. Then, bake them or put them directly in the air fryer until golden and firm (a few minutes longer than directed above).

    You can also freeze the baked patties and microwave them for a quick meal.

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  1. I was craving a sweet potato burger, and this one fills the bill. I didn’t have time to soak and cook white beans, so I used lentils, and that worked fine. I used 1/3 cup instead of 1/2 cup of mixture to make each patty, and the recipe made 11, and they are plenty big. They are delicious! I made barbecue sauce from Forks Over Knives to go with them, and it’s a great combination.

  2. Yum!!
    I made these small to serve in tortillas, they were a hit. I recommend fresh mint to go with it.

  3. These are my new favorite dinner!! They are soooo flavorful and the texture is spot on. I had to cook them at 450 F to get a crust on them and I also added some hemp seeds to half the mix and that was also really good. We had them with chipotle almond dip and it was the perfect match. Thank you for our new favorite dinner, we will be make this regularly now!

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