, , , , ,

The transition into vegetarianism (well, pescatarianism technically but that word makes me shudder) is a tough one. There are things that make it easier for sure. Fake meats, veggie burgers, etc but normally, they aren’t much better for you than the meat itself.

This is a whole different story. This burger, though made of vegetables, is no veggie burger. This is an entity entirely of its own. I got the recipe from a blog called Edible Perspective, where it is referred to as “The Burger” and I think that is quite right.I topped them with some provolone, lettuce, tomato and roasted red pepper but I think that avocado would be really good too.


  • 15oz black beans, drained + rinsed
  • 3c cubed sweet tater, cooked + skin on [~1.5lbs]
  • 1/2c frozen or fresh corn
  • 2/3c finely chopped onion [1/2 medium onion]
  • 2 large garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 1/2c cooked quinoa
  • 6T rolled oats, partially ground
  • 2T sunflower seeds
  • 1/2t salt
  • black pepper
  • 1t cumin
  • 1t oregano
  • 1/4t coriander
  • 1t chili powder
  • 1/4t cayenne [optional]
  • 1T olive oil

The Process

First things first. The quinoa needs to be cooked according to instruction on the box. While the quinoa cooks, cube the sweet potatoes and then steam them until they are soft enough to mash.  Mash the sweet potatoes just a bit, they should not be creamy.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Mash half of the beans and then mix them in with the other half of the beans. This will give a little bit of texture and help the burgers stay together.

Add all of the remaining ingredients, combine and adjust for taste.

Form the mixture into 8 medium-sized patties and place on a baking sheet. I have been lining my baking sheets with some new product that is half parchment and half foil. It worked for this but I don’t suggest it….

Bake for about 30 minutes, flipping half way through. Then serve and enjoy!

These are instructions from Edible Perspective for other ways to cook the burgers. I prefer baking mine I will let you make that choice.

“*To pan cook – Heat a pan to medium and lightly grease.  Cook on each side for 5-8min, flip + cook another 5-8min until golden brown.

*For the grill – Bake burgers for 15min on one side, flip burgers once and bake another 10min.  While baking, preheat your grill slightly above medium [~350-375*]  Grease the grates and cook burgers for ~3min per side.”