Sweet Potato-Black Bean Burgers


These vegan sweet potato-black bean burgers spiced with curry powder are easy to make. Blending the mixture with your hands gives you a soft, uniform texture then the outside gets crispy by cooking in a cast-iron pan. To make this recipe gluten-free too, use gluten-free oats and serve the patty in a lettuce wrap, omitting the bun.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
4 burgers


  • 2 cups grated sweet potato

  • ½ cup old-fashioned rolled oats

  • 1 cup no-salt-added black beans, rinsed

  • ½ cup chopped scallions

  • ¼ cup vegan mayonnaise

  • 1 tablespoon no-salt-added tomato paste

  • 1 teaspoon curry powder

  • teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 cup plain unsweetened almond milk yogurt

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill

  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 4 whole-wheat hamburger buns, toasted

  • 1 cup thinly sliced cucumber


  1. Squeeze grated sweet potato with paper towels to remove excess moisture; place in a large bowl. Pulse oats in a food processor until finely ground; add to the bowl with the sweet potatoes. Add beans, scallions, mayonnaise, tomato paste, curry powder and salt to the bowl; mash the mixture together with your hands. Shape into four 1/2-inch-thick patties. Place the patties on a plate; refrigerate for 30 minutes.

  2. Stir yogurt, dill and lemon juice together in a small bowl; set aside.

  3. Heat oil in a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add the patties; cook until golden brown, about 3 minutes per side.

  4. Divide the yogurt sauce evenly among top and bottom bun halves. Top each bottom bun half with a burger and cucumber slices; replace top bun halves.



To make ahead: Prepare patties (Step 1); wrap and refrigerate for up to 2 days.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

454 Calories
22g Fat
54g Carbs
12g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 1 burger
Calories 454
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 54g 20%
Dietary Fiber 9g 32%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 12g 23%
Total Fat 22g 28%
Saturated Fat 3g 14%
Vitamin A 9670IU 193%
Vitamin C 9mg 10%
Folate 95mcg 24%
Sodium 432mg 19%
Calcium 200mg 15%
Iron 4mg 19%
Magnesium 82mg 20%
Potassium 612mg 13%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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