Smoky Sweet Potato and Black Bean Burgers


When most people think of vegan diets, they think of strict, ultra-healthy eating. In reality, for a lot of vegans, this is not at all the case… We eat processed and junk food too!
And I realised I’ve been relying on it a little too much lately, particularly with soy burgers, which are a summer BBQ staple for me.
So instead of processed soy burgers, which despite being very convenient and not a bad substitute, I have chosen to start making my own from now on, which are not only healthier but so so so much tastier!
 Smokey Sweet Potato & Black Bean Burgers #vegan #glutenfree These burgers are really simple – just roast sweet potato, black beans (or kidney beans) and arrowroot powder (a grain-free starch).
I love the flavour from roasting the sweet potatoes but if you want to save time on cooking, you could microwave or steam the sweet potatoes instead of roasting them.


  • 1 small sweet potato approx 200g
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 x 400g tin black beans or kidney beans drained and rinsed
  • 4 tbsp arrowroot powder or tapioca flour, cornstarch etc.
  • 1/2 small red onion chopped
  • 2 gloves garlic mined
  • 1 heaped tbsp fresh chopped coriander
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Wholemeal gluten-free bun
  • Lettuce tomato, red onion etc.
  • Ketchup vegan mayonaise or barbecue sauce etc.
  • Fat-free oven chips

  1. Preheat the oven to 200c. and line a roasting tray with greaseproof paper or spray with olive oil.
  2. Peel and chop the sweet potato into thin slices, dust with the smoked paprika and roast for approximately 30 minutes, until tender. Keep the oven on.
  3. Meanwhile, add the beans, arrowroot powder, onion, garlic, herbs and spices to a large bowl. When the sweet potato is cooked, add it to the bowl and mash everything together. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Divide the mixture into 4 balls and flatten into patty shapes. Place on the baking tray you used earlier to roast the potatoes and cook for 30 minutes, flipping half way through.
  5. Serve with a gluten-free bun and whatever toppings and sauces you desire. I love to serve mine with some homemade chips!
Smoly sweet potato and black bean burger - gluten free, vegan and tasty
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