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the burger

Yesterday we had, “the almost burger.”

Today we have, “the burger.”

It’s ready to be released!

A few important instructions:

1) Cube the sweet tater into ~1” cubes, for best texture results.  Steam or microwave until tender.  Leave those skins on!!  Cubing will make the mashing easier + help with the texture.

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2)  For the beans.  You want to mash half of the beans until paste-like.  Add the other 1/2 and give a very light mash to combine.  The idea is to leave a little less than half of the beans in their whole form.  Texture!!  

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3) Quinoa!  You can follow the same process for perfectly cooked millet, when making quinoa.  It’s a sure bet method, every time. The only thing that differs is the cook time.  You can add in 1T of oil with the water or leave it out.  Good either way.  When making quinoa [or millet], always make extra.  Store the extra in the fridge and believe me, you’ll use it throughout the week. 

salad topping – oatmeal topping – cold breakfast cereal – butter, salt + pepper – burrito filling – etc

Always make extra.

Perfectly Cooked Quinoa

  • 1c quinoa, rinsed + drained
  • 2c water
  1. Heat a pot over medium.
  2. Add rinsed quinoa and toast for 1-3min, stirring a few times.
  3. Add water, turn heat to med-high and bring to a boil.
  4. Stir once, reduce heat to simmer + cover the pot with a lid.
  5. Set your timer to 15min and do not stir or open the lid!!
  6. Turn off the heat and move the pot to another burner for 5min.
  7. Uncover, and fluff with a fork.

Simple as that!

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4) Mash the sweet taters in a large bowl, but don’t make mashed potatoes.  Right Mama Pea??

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I made a full batch of 8 burgers and split the “batter” in half to try two different binding methods.

In the first batch, I used ground oats.  I wasn’t looking for oat flour, because I was trying to retain some of the chewiness from the oats.  I ground about half way to flour in the blender.

For the second batch, I ground millet in the blender, into a fine flour.  I’ve used millet flour in veggie burgers before and liked the results.

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5) I tried baking + pan frying these burgs.  My personal preference + suggestion would be to bake these, but they still held up really well in the pan. 

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Millet flour burg on the left.

Ground oat burg on the right. 

You could definitely see a difference.  More texture on the right + not as grainy looking.

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So, what were the results?

Well, both versions held together extremely well.  Both versions also tasted great, which is good news, because it means you have options.

But which did I like best?

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The ground oat burger.  As I suspected!  Emily uses this technique in her black bean burgers + in Angela’s perfected veggie burger, she also does the same.

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The millet flour tasted fine and didn’t try out the burger at all.  But those ground oats!!

They just add a little somethin’ somethin’.

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Pile on the toppings!

  • avocado
  • roasted red pepper
  • tomato

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This is the first veggie burger that I’ve created completely on my own! 

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Such a proud mama. ;)  I may be biased, but this is my favorite veggie burger to date!

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Sweet Tater Black Bean Burgers [yields 8 burgers – vegan, gf]

  • 15oz black beans, drained + rinsed
  • 3c cubed sweet tater, cooked + skin on [~1.5lbs]
  • 1/2c frozen or fresh corn
  • 2/3c finely chopped onion [1/2 medium onion]
  • 2 large garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 1/2c cooked quinoa
  • 6T rolled oats, partially ground
  • 2T sunflower seeds
  • 1/2t salt
  • black pepper
  • 1t cumin
  • 1t oregano
  • 1/4t coriander
  • 1t chili powder
  • 1/4t cayenne [optional]
  • 1T olive oil
  1. Preheat your oven to 375* once you finish cooking the quinoa + potato.
  2. Mash half of the beans in a bowl until paste-like.
  3. Add in the rest of the beans and give a very light stir/mash to combine.
  4. In a large bowl, mash the sweet tater.  Each cube should be mashed, but you don’t want it creamy.
  5. Stir in the salt, pepper, oregano, coriander, chili powder, cayenne [if using] and olive oil, until combined.
  6. Mix in the onion, garlic, corn, black beans, quinoa, sunflower seeds, and ground oats, until just combined.
  7. Taste, and adjust seasonings to your liking.
  8. Form into balls, between your hands and flatten into 1/2”-3/4” thick patties.  This should make 8 medium/large patties.
  9. Place on a pan lined with parchment paper [or lightly greased pan] and bake on each side for 15min, flipping once, half-way through.
  10. Remove from oven + serve! 

*If you want to refrigerate or freeze them, let fully cool on a cooling rack.  Place in a sealed container for the fridge, or wrap in saran, then foil, then in a bag for the freezer.  If reheating a frozen burger, let it thaw completely.  Re-heat in a greased pan, over medium heat for ~3-5min per side, until hot throughout.

*To make the ground oats – Pulse your blender on + off, until you have the consistency about half way to flour.

*Instead of ground oats, feel free to sub – millet flour, oat flour, quinoa flour, whole wheat flour, etc.

*To pan cook – Heat a pan to medium and lightly grease.  Cook on each side for 5-8min, flip + cook another 5-8min until golden brown.

*For the grill – Bake burgers for 15min on one side, flip burgers once and bake another 10min.  While baking, preheat your grill slightly above medium [~350-375*]  Grease the grates and cook burgers for ~3min per side.

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And don’t forget the ketchup.

Veggie burger complete.


Reader Comments (219)

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July 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Woohoo!! Enjoy!!

July 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Thanks Ang!! I took the finished burger shutter speed was at like 1" to get any sort of decent photo in the kitchen...haha

July 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

The whole oats in there sound so good! I'm glad you perfected it. They sound so good. Sweet taters and black beans are so good together!

That looks awesome! Totally putting these on my to-make list. I love veggie burgers but it's not very often I find a recipe I really really want to try. Love all the flavors in these!

July 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHeidi @ Food Doodles

This looks great! I am going to save this recipe and make it soon!

July 19, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterbirdie to be

Excited to try these. All favourite ingredients of mine rolled into one! I'd really like to five Mama Pea's white potato burgers ago too.

July 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEmma

These burgers sound legit! :)

July 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAbby @ Abz 'n' Oats

Hi there! can you suggest another bean that would go well with these, as Im from Australia and we dont have black beans readily available! great recipe :)

July 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJacque

So many wonderful bloggers in this post! Can't wait to make this burger. Maybe with a side of Mama Pea fries? :)

I just put a batch in the oven! I'm so excited..the "raw" dough was delicious! They are smelling awesome. Time to flip 'em over! Thanks for sharing your recipe!

July 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKimberly

I just made Jenna's spicy black bean burgers and now I'm dying to make these! Is there such thing as too many black beans? Nah...

Wow, these look SO good! After the image with the quinoa I knew I was going to love whatever you were creating. Great work :)

I've been looking for a great veggie burger recipe. I think this might be the one! You had me at sweet potatoe!

I really don't think there is!!

July 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Yay!!! I know, I could have eaten these raw! Hope you enjoyed them. :)

July 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

pinto beans should work!

July 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

OMG that looks delicious! Veggie burgers are one of my all time favorite foods!

So, I made these last night and was so excited because I had everything the recipe called for on hand (except for onion, but I don't like onions so I was going to exclude them anyway).

Of course, stupid me cooked perfect quinoa... then completely forgot to add it to the mixture! Whoops!

Still, these came out AWESOMELY, though I'm sure the quinoa would've prevented half of mine from cracking in half when I flipped them over. Oh, well! I ate one last night on a nice whole wheat bun, topped with baby spinach, vegan cheese and mustard (I'm a spicy brown kind of girl!) and enjoyed the hell out of it. I have 6 in the freezer and one in my lunch bag to eat at work today (with the perfect quinoa I forgot about on the side!).

Thanks for the delicious recipe! I'll make it again for sure, though I'll remember the quinoa next time!

July 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJecka

This burger looks so amazing :) I have been looking for the perfect blackbean/veggie burger and I think this may be the one...

July 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTara Deal

Too funny about the quinoa...but at least you have it to eat on the side!!! Glad they still tasted good! YAY :)

July 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

OK Girlie, I love your blog but please quit using the microwave. It turns everything but water into carcinogens...YUK! We have become creatures of convenience and I think it might be taking it's toll. You know Russia banned microwaves, I think sometime in the 50's, not quite sure what the date was, but kudos and hat's off to them.

July 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

I made these the night of when you posted them.

July 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRosie

YAY!! I'm so glad...thanks for letting me know!!!

July 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Wow, Ashley. You hit this recipe right on the nose!! It is fabulous and I wouldn't change a thing. I topped mine with your avocado hummus. Fabulous.

July 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

Awww, YAY!!! Thanks Sarah and thanks so much for letting me know! :)

July 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Ashley these are great!!! I was on the lookout for a new veggieburger since my old recipe was full of things I can no longer eat! I had to swap out the quinoa for rice and the corn for pumpkin seeds and they still turned out wonderfully! AND three out of four kids liked them too! Score!!!

July 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKrista

I ALWAYS make extra quinoa too. You're right, you can use it for EVERYTHING!!! These look superb :)

July 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJulia

These look incredible! I'm trying to make more vegan recipes so I can't wait to try this recipe. Thanks!

July 26, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersheelbeel

I'm soooo making those burgers this weekend. I knew there was a reason I asked my husband to pick up one lonely sweet potatoe at the store last night! :)

July 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEllen

These look amazing!! Can't wait to try them!

July 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlexis

Hope you love them!

July 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

You are so right Ashley - this quinoa is perfectly cooked. I've tried it twice now and it's worked great :) Thanks for sharing - I've always ended up burning it or having to add more water etc. I like the "set-it and forget it" type of cooking.

July 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSarah Carere

These burgers look amazing!! I am so making these! :-)

July 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlaina

Ahhh, that makes me so excited to hear! YAY!

July 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

[...] Tater Black Bean Burgers (adapted from this recipe care of The Edible [...]

I made these tonight...very yummy! My (omni) husband ate 3 of them :)

August 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBridget

YESSSS, so glad to hear!!!!!!!!!! :)

August 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Oh. my. goodness. These WERE SO GOOD! The optional cayenne was a good decision. The meat loving dad loved them and requested them to be a weekly staple! :)

August 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChristina

I'm sooooooo glad you + your dad thought so!! I love hearing when meat lovers, love veggie burgers. :)

August 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Hmm just happen to have bought some sweet potatoes earlier and have black beans. I'm going to try this out tomorrow!

Hope you love it!

August 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Water, too. Well, it doesn't turn it into a carcinogen but it completely "deadens" it, zapping it of any nutrients. They've done studies of watering house plants with regular untouched water and regular water that's been microwaved. The houseplants that get the microed water wither and DIE. It's called "nuking" for a reason people.

August 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLiz

The microwaving plants story is actually a myth! You can read about it here - I always check Snopes for the truth on email chains like that plant study. There is an email chain about the government making our cell phone numbers accessible to the public, that's been going around for about 10yrs now and it says to call some number to put your phone on the do not call list. But same thing...not true. :) Definitely not a big microwave person though...just use it once in awhile and it was mentioned in this post as an option. :)

August 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I lived in Russian in the 80's and into the 90's and we had a microwave :)

August 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterElina (Russian Bites)

hahahaaha :)

August 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Made these today and they were great and I love that they actually held together. Most of the time my veggie burgers break into pieces when I try to flip them but these worked!

August 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea

I'm so glad you liked them and that they stayed together for you!! Yay! Thanks for letting me know. :)

August 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Two of my famliy members hate sweet potatos. What can I use in place of those, red taters? Does the sweet potato taste come out strong in the burger? Will they even notice it?

August 10, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterrachele

It doesn't come out strong at all, but if they *hate* them, they might not like. My husband isn't a big fan at all...he would never eat a straight sweet potato, but he loved these burgers. I think the best sub would be yukon or russet might work too. Let me know if you try out a different version!

August 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

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