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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)

Thanks for running the stats!

December 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I'm so so glad you enjoyed them and that your daughter + boyfriend did as well!! You're such a good mom!

December 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

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oh my goodness, so so so tasty. my boyfriend and i made these tonight and couldn't be happier with the outcome. we finished our first burger and were immediately talking about how we could justify eating another one. thanks for this recipe. we LOVE it!

December 13, 2011 | Unregistered Commenteremjarv

Laura - since the first home-use microwave ovens were marketed in the U.S. in 1967, and did not become commonplace there until the 70's, it's physically impossible for Russian to have banned them in the 1950's. In fact, they have not banned them at all. Even if it were true that microwaves "turn everything but water into carcinogens" - which is completely false - Russia, of all places, would not have led the way in banning them. They still had problems with exploding televisions until not that long ago.

And, as I said, microwaving does NOT turn food into carcinogens. You shouldn't believe everything you read on the Internet. Just because something is modern doesn't make it automatically bad for you.

There is a form of cooking that does potentially create carcinogenic compounds, though - smoking, and to a lesser extent, grilling. Both of which have been in use since caveman times. Avoid them, and deep frying, for the healthiest meals.

December 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterElsie

I love Ashley's blog. It's like a vice for me I read it every night. She has great recipes and is very inspirational. You say I should believe less on the web, okay, but maybe you should believe more. Hence...

Russians Ban Microwave Ovens - 1976
After the World War II, the Russians also experimented with microwave ovens. From 1957 up to recently, their research has been carried out mainly at the Institute of Radio Technology at Klinsk, Byelorussia. According to US researcher William Kopp, who gathered much of the results of Russian and German research - and was apparently prosecuted for doing so (J. Nat. Sci, 1998; 1:42-3) - the following effects were observed by Russian forensic teams:

1. Heating prepared meats in a microwave sufficiently for human consumption created:

* d-Nitrosodiethanolamine (a well-known cancer-causing agent)

* Destabilization of active protein biomolecular compounds

* Creation of a binding effect to radioactivity in the atmosphere

* Creation of cancer-causing agents within protein-hydrosylate compounds in milk and cereal grains;

2. Microwave emissions also caused alteration in the catabolic (breakdown) behavior of glucoside - and galactoside - elements within frozen fruits when thawed in this way;

3. Microwaves altered catabolic behavior of plant-alkaloids when raw, cooked or frozen vegetables were exposed for even very short periods;

4. Cancer-causing free radicals were formed within certain trace-mineral molecular formations in plant substances, especially in raw root vegetables;

5. Ingestion of microwaved foods caused a higher percentage of cancerous cells in blood;

6. Due to chemical alterations within food substances, malfunctions occurred in the lymphatic system, causing degeneration of the immune systems capacity to protect itself against cancerous growth;

7. The unstable catabolism of microwaved foods altered their elemental food substances, leading to disorders in the digestive system;

8. Those ingesting micro-waved foods showed a statistically higher incidence of stomach and intestinal cancers, plus a general degeneration of peripheral cellular tissues with a gradual breakdown of digestive and excretory system function;

9. Microwave exposure caused significant decreases in the nutritional value of all foods studied, particularly:

* A decrease in the bioavailability of B-complex vitamins, vitamin C, vitamin E, essential minerals and lipotrophics

* Destruction of the nutritional value of nucleoproteins in meats

* Lowering of the metabolic activity of alkaloids, glucosides, galactosides and nitrilosides (all basic plant substances in fruits and vegetables)

* Marked acceleration of structural disintegration in all foods.

As a result microwave ovens were banned in Russia in 1976; the ban was lifted after Perestroika.

I'm just saying, even me a girl who works 7 days a week, doubles up on fridays, works on holidays, in fact worked till 3am this morning, still finds time to use the stove and the oven.

Merry Christmas!

December 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

I made these over the holiday weekend, and even my vegetable-hating boyfriend enjoyed them! I brought some home for my family to try, and even though we are a meat-loving family, they were gone so fast! We served them sans bun with just a squirt of fresh lemon juice over top- really made the burgers pop. Thanks for an awesome recipe!

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December 31, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterbest of 2011 « the edibl

So glad to hear these were a hit!! Thanks for letting me know!

January 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

My mouth is watering right now! Both versions sound delicious, although I'll take your word for it and try the oat version first. Yum!

January 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEA-The Spicy RD

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January 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSoup Scoop – Best Links

Just switched to being vegan with my fiance so I've been trying all sorts of new recipes. Just made these burgers (literally, they are cooling now) and mine fell apart. I swear I followed your recipe to the letter, any suggestions? They might have been a little too big. But even with mine being big, I still made 9 instead of 8. This is the second time I've made veggie burgers and both times they fell apart. Kinda disappointing. I welcome any suggestions. Thanks!

January 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMegan

Hmm, they're one of my most made recipes, with only a very few reporting back that they fell apart. It's usually due to a slight variation when making the recipe. I'm so sorry they fell apart on you! If the ingredients became too wet, that could be a problem. Like if the quinoa was not fully cooked, or if the potato was over cooked and too mushy or mashed up too much, also the beans need to be well drained. I always compact mine into a ball then flatten between my palms. How were you cooking them? I've made them in the oven and in a pan with no problems...sorry I can't be of more help!

January 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

[...] in the kitchen. K, who lives next door (yay!), made us the most amazing dinner last night – sweet potato burgers, a version of this asparagus tart (with cheese that she got from a SF food show) and dark chocolate [...]

this is DELICIOUS!!!! literally the best thing i've ever made from scratch. THANK YOU for this recipe i love it!!!! and it's so EASY! i can't believe something so delicious is so simple and quick to make! i didn't have the quinoa, but they turned out fine without. i think this would be good with some diced mushrooms in it as well. yum!

January 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

This was my first attempt at making my own veggie burgers and they turned out so delicious! Thank you so much for the wonderful recipe!

January 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBrandy

YAY!! That is what I like to hear!! Congrats on your first veggie burger and I'm thrilled that you liked it!

January 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Woohooo!!! I love hearing that about this recipe. :) Thanks fro letting me know!! And also, thanks for the tip that it still works without quinoa!

January 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Whoa! These burgers are divine! I followed the recipe to a T with great results..Don't change a thing! I made extra quinoa as recommended, but will be using it for a couple more batches of burgers!

January 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDiEllen

Thank you so much for the feedback!! I appreciate you taking the time to let me know they worked + that you enjoyed them. I'm glad to hear you made extra quinoa. ;)

January 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Can you freeze these?

January 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLynda

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Tried these last night & was so excited for my first homemade veggie burger! Obviously, I need to cook the potatoes & beans a tad longer, but overall, my burgers were pretty tasteless :(. I used all the seasonings according to the recipe (plus extra!). Any suggestions?

January 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJulia

Hi Julia - I'm sorry you found the burgers tasteless. This is actual my most popular recipe on the blog, so I'm not sure what might have gone wrong! :(

January 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Yes! They freeze really well wrapped in plastic wrap and then in a sealed bag with the air squeezed out. Just defrost the day before in the fridge!

January 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Yum! Trying these this week!

January 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

Just wanted to let you know....I made the burgers without beans and it was STILL fabulous! Beans don't always set well with me, so I wondered if the burgers would still be a hit leaving them out. I doubled the onion and added more quinoa and sunflower seed. They are a touch more crumbly but all in all, still very delicious. I topped them with an asian slaw and wowza!

February 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDiEllen

That so great!! Thanks for leaving your feedback in the comments as I'm sure it will come in handy for someone else! :) Glad you were able to enjoy this without the beans!

February 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

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February 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMenu Plan Monday « Fat C

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Have had this recipe twice now and love it! It will be one of our go-tos.

February 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKimberly

Awesome!! I'm so glad to hear!

February 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAshley


We make this recipe at least once a week :) I posted a link to this post on my blog today :: :: and just wanted to let you know!


February 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEliza

Aw, yay!! I'm going to check it out now. Thanks for letting me know!

February 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

These were wonderful! I made them today as sliders on Hawaiian rolls and used this recipe as an ingredient starting base for my batch. I also broiled the patties a bit for extra crunch. While I didn't follow your recipe exactly, the use of mashed AND whole black beans really brought this recipe together. Fabulous! Thanks for sharing! Here's the link to my recreation of them:

February 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChristy

I love the Hawaiian rolls you're talking about! Glad they worked with your modifications.

February 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAshley
These are A.M.A.Z.I.N.G! I was in the midst of a giant veggie burger taste test, and these have put a stop to my experiments, for better or worse. Thank you!

Ashley--> I really need to make them again soon!
April 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMeryl
I made these on Sunday so I could eat them throughout the week for dinner. Deelish! I added a bit more cayenne because I like my veggie burgers to have a little kick to them. I had also cooked my quinoa in veggie broth (for another recipe) so I cut back on the salt. I ended up portioning them out using a cookie scoop and got 22 patties. Double burger on a toasted English muffin = fun!

Ashley--> SO very glad to hear you liked them!
April 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLindsay
I would love to try these, but it is very difficult for me to find quinoa in Mexico. Do you recommend any substitutes......if yes ,which one?
Appreciate your time

Ashley--> You could also use millet and most likely couscous. However, couscous is not gluten free. I think either of those should work though!
April 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterIris
This is a wonderful recipe. My whole family loves it.
April 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTrina Shultz
Ashley, I made these today and they are delicious! They hold together wonderfully and I love that I don't have to get out my food processor. I gave two to a friend and she loved them, as well. Thanks so much for sharing.
May 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMeghan
Just wanted to say thank you and YUMMM! Made these bad boys last night and inhaled the first one today for lunch today. Still have 8 more left to get me through a week of work lunches! Next on my hit list - your bean and quinoa stuffed peppers. Oh and P.S. I think I actually have an addiction to your choco walnut breakfast bake - seriously!

Ashley--> I'm so glad to hear about both recipe successes!! Hope you love the peppers!
May 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKat
Just made these last night, SO GOOD! I substituted shallots for the onions.
June 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCrystal
Yummmmm! Just made these today....OBSESSED! They are sooo good. Ate one on a bun, and grabbed another on the way back from throwing out my plate lol.
These look amazing...and i am currently cooking them now!
However, they fell apart when I tried flipping them. Have you experimented with cooking them longer then 15 min before flipping? or is there some trick you can share for keeping them together? Thanks again!

Ashley--> I'm so sorry they fell apart on you! I've made them a handful of times and haven't had any problems with them falling apart. The only thing I can think of is that they were too dry or the potato/beans were not mashed enough to bind everything together.
July 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJamie
Thanks for the easy to follow directions. Mine are in the oven right now!
July 23, 2012 | Unregistered Commentersgmartinez
I'm not a vegan, nor a vegetarian. I eat bloody steaks. But GOOD LORD does this burger look amazing!! I'm grilling this the very next time we cook out!!

Ashley--> Your comment made me crack up! Hope you like the burgers!
July 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNell

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