Make your new favorite vegetarian bean burger with these Cuban Sweet Potato & Black Bean Burgers. They're ready in under 45 minutes, are perfectly spiced, and are a great source of plant-based protein.
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And I'm back with another pantry staple recipe to keep your tummies and taste buds happy! These Cuban Sweet Potato & Black Bean Burgers are made almost entirely with pantry staples (the only other thing you need is an egg and some greens to top your burger!). Not only that, but they make enough for leftovers. Serve yours with a sandwich bun if you have them, but they also taste delicious on sandwich bread (see above and below!). You also can adjust the heat in this recipe by omitting or increasing the amount of cayenne pepper you use.
Chris and I made a big run to the grocery store and Costco last Saturday, planning on getting enough food to last us as far through a month as we possibly can.
We hit the stores early, piled our carts high (but still didn't get more than 2 of any one item, in case you're worrying ;)), and then completely overhauled our pantry and freezer when we got home, making room for the haul.
And of course, 6 days later, I'm running low on some of my snacks (funny how that happens!) and am reminded of the strategizing I will need to do to help my loot last as long as possible.
I started by making all of my fresh produce items first, focusing on making dishes that I could freeze a portion of to enjoy later -- recipes like Sweet Potato & Lentil Soup and Turkey Chili -- and now I'm starting to get into primarily pantry staple or freezer staple dishes.
That's where these homemade black bean burgers came in. With mainly sweet potatoes, black beans, dried spices, onions, garlic, and bread crumbs, they're flavorful and hearty, yet low on fuss and fresh ingredients.
Not only that, but the recipe makes 9-10 burgers, making plenty for leftovers and/or family mealtime.
In other words, some pretty good news for sore ears and our pantry-staple stocks. 😉
These Cuban Sweet Potato & Black Bean Burgers Are...
- Ready in under 45 minutes
- Full of plant-based protein
- High in fiber
- Made primarily with pantry staples
- Finished off with a lime mayonnaise sauce
Bring some Cuban flavors to your dinner table tonight with these vegetarian sweet potato & black bean burgers. They're hearty and filling, have just the right amount of spice, and make enough to feed a crowd.
How do you cook homemade bean burgers?
It depends on the recipe, but you can usually cook homemade bean burgers in the oven, on the stovetop, or on a grill.
For these sweet potato & black bean burgers, however, you will get the best results by baking them. Just line a baking sheet with parchment paper sprayed with non-stick cooking spray, place the burgers on top, and bake the burgers according to the recipe directions.
How do you make black bean burgers stick together?
There are a few ways to help black burgers bind together. Eggs, flax, breadcrumbs, and baked sweet potatoes are a few common options.
In this recipe, we'll be utilizing bake sweet potatoes, eggs, and breadcrumbs to bind the homemade burgers together and to absorb some of the moisture from the spice blend we'll mix into the burgers.
Are black bean burgers good for you?
Yes, black bean burgers are generally good for you! Black beans are full of fiber, protein, potassium, and iron on their own, so if you don't have any processed ingredients in the burgers, they should still be healthy.
Other Cuban-inspired recipes you might like:
Other healthy & easy dinner recipes you might like:
- Jamaican Jerk Turkey Burgers
- Vegan Hashbrowned Sweet Potato Burgers
- Healthy Macaroni and Cheese
- Chicken and Vegetable Stir Fry
- Pressure Cooker Bean Soup
- Black Bean Enchiladas
- Basil Pesto Spaghetti Squash Pasta
- Instant Pot Turkey Chili
- Mom's Tuna Macaroni Salad
- Spicy Bourbon Glazed Salmon
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