Sweet Potato Burgers

Well, friends, another chapter in my life is at an end. This past weekend, I celebrated not only Mother’s Day with my parents, but also my law school graduation. Hallelujah! Exams were brutal, but now I’m free to relax and enjoy myself.

One of the things I’m looking forward to most this summer is the chance to spend more time in the kitchen, learning how to prepare different foods. Who knows, maybe I’ll finally tackle the ever-so-popular quinoa. But for tonight, it was sweet potato burgers. I hope you enjoy the recipe. It’s very similar to the black bean burger, but who doesn’t love burgers for the summer?

Ingredients:

  • 1 can white beans, rinsed and drained
  • 3-4 sweet potatoes
  • 2 green onion stalks
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 – 1 cup plain breadcrumbs
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • parsley, salt, and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, mash the white beans, until smooth.
  2. Add the cooked sweet potatoes and mash together, leaving some small chunks.
  3. Add the egg and all the spices and stir until evenly mixed.
  4. Chop the green onion and stir into the mixture.
  5. Pour in breadcrumbs, 1/4 cup at a time until the mixture is thick enough to form into patties.
  6. Heat a skillet over medium heat, lightly greased.
  7. Form patties and drop into the skillet, cooking 4 minutes on each side.

*** A note on sweet potatoes: to minimize their sweet flavor, cook them quickly in a microwave. This reduces the time for the sugar-producing enzymes to act. I wash them, blot them dry, poke a few holes with a fork, and microwave them on high for 5-8 minutes on a microwave safe dish. Then, after they have cooled slightly, cut the potatoes in half and scoop out the center. Toss the skins, or use them in another recipe.

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