A close up of a veggie burger patty on a bun.

Sweet Potato Black Bean Burgers

  • Author: Deryn Macey
  • Prep Time: 30 min
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 6
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan

Delicious sweet potato and black bean veggie burgers that are gluten-free and easy to make with simple, everyday ingredients.



  • 15 oz can of black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 medium sweet potato, cooked, peel removed (about 1 cup cooked)
  • ⅓ cup corn kernels, canned or frozen
  • ½ cup red onion
  • 1 jalapeno, seeds removed
  • ¾ cup quick oats (75 g)
  • 3 TB finely chopped cilantro
  • 2 TB ground flax
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika
  • ½ tsp salt


  1. Slice the onion into wedges; the jalapeno in half and remove seeds, and add both to the bowl of a large food processor. Pulse a few times to roughly chop.
  2. Add cooked sweet potato and the black beans, reserving ⅓ cup beans. Process until mostly smooth.
  3. Add remaining ingredients, including reserved beans, to a medium mixing bowl. Add processed potato mixture to bowl and stir to combine.
  4. Place the bowl of burger ingredients in the fridge to chill for 20 minutes. During this time, preheat the oven to 400 F if baking, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  5. Once chilled, divide the mixture into 6-8 “patties.” Bake for 10 minutes each side, spraying with oil if desired. If not baking, burgers may also be pan-fried for 3-5 minutes on each side in a good non-stick pan, using non-stick cooking spray or a touch of oil to cook, if needed.
  6. Serve on a bun with burger fixings such as mustard, ketchup, onion, lettuce and tomato.


I had medium sweet potatoes that looked to be what I’d normally buy for a meal. Raw they were 10-12 oz and cooked 9.6-10.5 oz. It was about 1 cup when scooped out of the skin before adding to the food processor. Use this tutorial for how to bake sweet potatoes if you don’t have any prepared.

Corn can be thawed frozen or canned that has been rained and rinsed. 

I used Chosen Foods Avocado spray for both pan-fried and to spray the ones in the oven so they browned nicely.

Leftover patties can be stored in the fridge for up to 5 days or frozen for up to 3 months.


  • Serving Size: 1 burger
  • Calories: 160
  • Sugar: 3.4 g
  • Sodium: 481 mg
  • Fat: 2.8 g
  • Carbohydrates: 28.3 g
  • Fiber: 8.6 g
  • Protein: 7.6 g

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