Whether you're bored with meat, on a plant-based diet or just looking to try something new, you'll find a great weeknight dinner option in these protein-packed, nutrient-dense sweet potato and black bean burgers. 

These burgers can be served with a variety of toppings but are especially good with cilantro pesto (recipe included below).

Sweet Potato & Black Bean Burgers

  • Prep Time:15 mins
  • Cook Time:45 mins
  • Total Time:1 hr
  • Servings:12
  • Easy


  • 2 large sweet potatoes
  • 1 can black beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup rice cooked
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onions
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic salt
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
Reilly Salkowski
  • Step 1

    Preheat oven to 400°. Cut sweet potatoes in half, then in half again. Place face down on baking sheet covered in aluminum foil. Rub with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake 25 minutes, or until soft enough to mash.

  • Step 2

    In a bowl, mash potatoes and black beans with a fork. Stir in rice, panko, green onions and spices. Add more spice to taste.

  • Step 3

    Heat oil in a skillet on medium heat. Form a ball of the burger mix and pat it into a patty about the size of your palm and about 1/2 - 3/4 inch thick. Repeat.

  • Step 4

    Place burgers in skillet and pan fry 2-3 minutes on each side or until brown.

Cilantro Pepita Pesto

  • Prep Time:0
  • Cook Time:5 mins
  • Total Time:5 mins
  • Servings:1
  • Easy


  • 1 bunch cilantro
  • 1/8 cup pepitas
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup grapeseed oil
  • 1/8 cup orange juice
  • 1/8 cup lime juice
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 tbsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp garlic
  • Step 1

    With stove on medium, toast pepitas with salt until browned and some start to pop.

  • Step 2

    Put all ingredients in a blender and pulse until smooth.