Black Bean, Brown Rice and Sweet Potato Burgers

I was really craving burgers and fries this week. I’ve made burgers using TVP and vital wheat gluten before (recipe to come). But I was out of TVP (don’t let this happen to you) and thought I should try something new.


Time to get creative! I cooked up a large pot of black beans (slow cooked in bulk), I had one lowly sweet potato left from my last spiralizing adventure and I had some brown rice that in all honesty I wouldn’t have eaten on its own.

I used my handy rice cooker with steamer attachment to cook a cup of brown rice and steam my pealed sweet potato. While that was going I gathered my seasonings, oatmeal, mustard, and barbecue sauce. I then cut up some russet potatoes to make fries.

Once my rice and potatoes were done I added a cup of black beans, my sweet potato and brown rice to my food processor. I processed it until it was a thick still kinda chunky consistency.

Placed this mixture into a bowl with my seasonings, sauces and oatmeal. I mixed this together well and formed patties. I placed these patties on a silicone mat lined tray (fantastic investment) sprayed them with a little oil and baked them for about 30 minutes.

Out came these thick beautiful burgers. They came out amazing. I was incredibly proud. These burgers were such a great combination of sweet and savory. They had a great texture and were very satisfying. I ate a couple of them before going on vacation. My sister graciously house sat but she ate the rest of the burgers…that’s okay I’ll just make more!

Prep Time: 15 minutes (not including cooking rice and sweet potato)

Cook time: 30 minutes (not including cooking rice and sweet potato)

Total time: 45 minutes

I think this is a great recipe for leftover or prepped ahead rice, beans and potatoes.


1 medium-large peeled and cooked sweet potato

1 cup black beans or use a 15 oz can

2 cups cooked brown rice

1 cup oats

1 tablespoons barbecue sauce

1 tablespoon of mustard

2 teaspoons garlic powder

2 teaspoons onion powder

Salt and pepper to taste

1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

2. Add beans, sweet potato and brown rice to food processor and process until rice is broken down a bit and the beans and sweet potato are smooth and combined.

3. Add mixture to bowl. Add onion, garlic, mustard and barbecue sauce. Mix well.

4. Add oats 1/4 cup at a time until dough is sticky. You may need more than 1 cup depending on your sweet potato size.

5. Form dough into medium sized patties (you should have about 6) and place on lined or greased pan. Spray lightly with oil (optional)

6. Bake for 30 minutes flipping halfway.

7. Serve on a bun with fries and your favorite veggies!

Let me know what you think and if you try this out!


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