I will make no claims that these vegan sweet potato burgers taste anything like a meaty, beef hamburger but I will say that they are more nutritious and, in my opinion, more delicious. Not only are they an alternative to hamburgers, they are also packed with protein and essential nutritions from the sweet potatoes and beans. My vegan sweet potatoes patties contain fiber (which will keep you full longer and make you gut happy), are rich in vitamins and minerals such as vitamin A and C and manganese. Beans are another great source of fiber but also have high concentrations of amino acids that are vital for our bodies to function. 

Like many famous recipes, these vegan sweet potato patties were created by mistake, and even though my recipe isn't famous, I'm hopeful that one day it will be. The first time I started to experiment with my recipe, it was purely out of forgetfulness that I did not add an egg. It all worked out in the end and I'm happy to say that everyone, vegan and not, can make this recipe to incorporate more veggies and vitamins into their diet.

Vegan Sweet Potato Recipe

  • Prep Time:40 mins
  • Cook Time:30 mins
  • Total Time:1 hr 10 mins
  • Servings:12
  • Easy


  • 2 medium sweet potatoes
  • 1 15-oz can red kidney beans or pinto beans
  • 3/4 cup unfavored bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes optional
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil or avocado oil
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  • Step 1

    Preheat oven to 400ºF.

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  • Step 2

    Scrub the sweet potatoes to get rid of the dirt. Peel the skin off using a vegetable peeler and place potatoes in a pot of water.

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  • Step 3

    Boil sweet potatoes for 10 minutes until fork tender. Drain them and transfer to a food processor.

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  • Step 4

    To the food processor, add pinto beans, bread crumbs, salt, pepper, oregano, and red pepper flakes, optional. Pulse until all the ingredients are well incorporated but do not over-pulse so that some chucks of beans are visible in the patties.

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  • Step 5

    Divide the mixture to form 12-13 patties and place them on a baking tray lined with parchment paper. Lightly brush the top of the patties with olive oil.

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  • Step 6

    Bake for 30 minutes and carefully flip once half way through. Wait at least five minutes and enjoy these healthy vegan sweet potato patties.

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Serving Suggestions:

- use as a protein substitute in a salad

- enjoy with plain greek yogurt, sour cream, guacamole, hummus, or salsa

- just eat them right off the baking tray (that's what I do)

Now go and make these vegan sweet potato patties.