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Sweet Potato and Black Bean Burger

Sweet Potato and Black Bean Burgers are a great veggie burger option that are both filling and delicious. A Fantastic way to sneak vegetables into the kids.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr 10 mins
Total Time1 hr 25 mins
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Anytime
Servings: 12 serves
Calories: 130kcal
Author: Whole Food Bellies


  • 2 cups cubed sweet potatoes
  • 2 tbsp plus 2 tsp avocado oil, divided (or cooking oil of choice)
  • tsp ground cinnamon
  • Pinch salt
  • ½ red onion, minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 cups baby spinach,
  • 15 ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro leaves chopped
  • ½ cup almond meal See notes


  • Pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper
  • Place the cubed sweet potatoes on the prepared baking sheet and drizzle with 2 tsp avocado oil. Sprinkle with cinnamon and a pinch of salt and toss to coat. Roast the sweet potatoes for 25 minutes, turning once halfway through the cooking time, until tender and lightly browned. Reduce oven to 375 degrees.
  • Heat a tbsp of avocado oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. When hot, add the onion and garlic. Cook for 3 minutes until the onions are translucent and the garlic is fragrant. Add the cumin and paprika and cook for one more minute until the spices are nice and toasty. Transfer the mixture to the bowl of a food processor and set aside
  • In the same saucepan, heat the remaining tbsp avocado oil over medium heat. When hot, add the chopped spinach and a pinch of salt and cook for 4-5 minutes until wilted and tender. Transfer to the food processor bowl with the onions. Pulse for a couple of seconds until well combined but not a paste
  • Add the roasted sweet potatoes and black beans to a large bowl. Mash until the end result is quite smooth but still with some chunks. Add in the feta cheese, cilantro, onion mixture and almond meal. Stir to combine.
  • Line a ⅓ cup measuring cup with plastic wrap and a baking tray with parchment paper. Fill the lined measuring cup with the sweet potato mixture and push down lightly to ensure the burger will stay together. Lift out and transfer to the prepared baking sheet.
  • Pop the burgers in the oven for about 35 mins, flipping after 20 mins to ensure even cooking.
  • Serve on fresh bread, buns or lettuce leaves with sliced avocado, mayo, red onion and tomatoes.


For the almond meal just pulse some almonds in a blender or food processor until they resemble a fine meal. Alternatively, use any nut or oat flour of choice. Regular old wheat flour works as well.
Store leftovers covered in the fridge for a few days or freeze for longer term storage.


Calories: 130kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 70mg | Potassium: 242mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 3740IU | Vitamin C: 2.6mg | Calcium: 58mg | Iron: 1.4mg