Spicy sweet potato black bean burgers with chilli lime coleslaw

July 28 2013
by emma

I see a lot of recipes for sweet potato vegie burgers around so thought I’d give them a go.

I roasted/sautéed the sweet potato and onion first as it gives a lovely caramelised flavour however apart from that, these are so easy to put together, they’re well worth it.

I loved the sweet and spicy taste and so hearty and satisfying, you’ll never miss having a meat patty; packed full of vegies, beans and flavour, they’re super healthy also.  The crisp, zesty and creamy coleslaw was a great accompaniment and, as I’ve been discovering, you don’t need store-bought mayonnaise when you have some decent Greek style yoghurt on hand and few other easy ingredients.  This mayo is subtly sweet and has a lovely fresh and spicy flavour throughout.

In fact, you could add a bit of crushed garlic to the mayonnaise and voila!  You have aioli dipping sauce or .. use the lime and chilli mayonnaise dressed coleslaw as a side for barbecues or chicken.

Recipe for spicy sweet potato burgers:

Sweet potato burgers:
Macadamia or grapeseed oil
1 medium Spanish or red onion, diced finely
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 tspn ground cumin
Good pinch chilli flakes (to taste)
520g sweet potato
1/3 cup wholemeal or spelt breadcrumbs
120g cooked black beans
Freshly ground sea salt and black pepper
1 x 15ml tblspn natural peanut butter or tahini
1 tspn maple syrup
2 tblspns continental parsley or coriander, chopped finely

1/4 cup spelt breadcrumbs, extra

Lime chilli mayonnaise:
1 tspn lime zest
Pinch chilli flakes
1 cup Greek style yoghurt
2 tspns Dijon mustard
2 tspns honey

1 medium carrot, peeled and shredded
A couple of handfuls finely sliced red cabbage
30g pecans, chopped finely

4 wholemeal buns

Add all ingredients to a jug or bowl and whisk well until combined and creamy.  Store in the fridge.

Preheat oven to 200C.  Peel and dice sweet potato, drizzle over a bit of oil and roast for 40 minutes until caramelised and soft.  Mash with a potato masher while still on the baking pan, allow to cool a bit then place in large mixing bowl and season well.

Meanwhile in a small frypan, sauté onion, garlic, cumin and chilli flakes in 15mls of oil over low/medium heat until softened and slightly caramelised.  Set aside to cool slightly then add to mashed sweet potato.  Add the rest of the burger ingredients, except for the extra 1/4 cup of breadcrumbs and stir with a wooden spoon until combined.  Add more seasoning and chilli flakes for good measure.

Scatter 1/4 cup of breadcrumbs to a large, flat plate.

Divide sweet potato/bean mixture into 4 then form into patties.  Dip each patty onto breadcrumbs, coating each side and place on a flat surface.

Add the shredded carrot, cabbage and pecans to around two-thirds of the prepared mayonnaise and set aside.  Set aside the remainder of the mayonnaise.

Add a couple of tablespoons of oil to a large skillet or pan and heat to high heat, then turn down to medium.  Sauté burgers on each side for around 3-4 minutes, or until golden and crispy – you may need to turn down the heat half-way through to prevent burning.

Serve burgers with buns, coleslaw, extra mayonnaise, extra cabbage and carrot.

Makes: 4 burgers

Note: The vegetarian patties are vegan.

3 Responses leave one →
  1. AHHH! I love these!!! And it was a weird coinkydink of a post for me, because I’ve been making and loving one of Jamie Oliver’s coleslaw recipe that uses wholegrain mustard, lemon and greek natural yogurt. And it turns out just gorgeous. Made it for two events and a lot of nice feedback. Love the aioli idea!

    I always laze out when I feel like veggie burgers. I start off with the intention of trying the sweetpotato ones around, and end up just using the ol’ portabello mushroom. BUT! I am sure I will give these ago next time the veggie burger cravings kick in because I have most of those ingredients on hand and now a recipe so no excuses!

  2. These look absolutely delicious! I can make up a whole batch and pop them in the freezer for whenever my beloved wants a hamburger and I don’t want to miss out on the action 🙂
    And who could say no to that delicious sounding coleslaw!
    Thanks for sharing.

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