Sweet Potato Veggie Burger

April 3, 2009 at 4:18 pm 3 comments

After much inspiration from our friend Sergio’s video blog last month, 31 Veggie Burgers, we decided to try making some for ourselves.  We both love burgers and make them at home almost once a week, especially during the summer months.  Sergio would have to “censor” most of our burgers – which are usually made of beef but also include turkey and chicken burgers thanks to a fun book (The Burger Book) by Gina Steer.  We picked The Burger Book’s Sweet Potato and Provolone Burger as our first veggie burger:

  • 1 lb sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
  • salt and pepper
  • 6 oz broccoli florets
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 red onion, finely chopped or grated
  • 1-2 fresh red jalapeno chilies, seeded and finely chopped
  • 6 oz provolone cheese, grated
  • 2 tbsp whole wheat flour
  • 2-3 tbsp corn oil
  • 1 lb onions, sliced
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
Ingredients for sweet potato and provolone burgers

Ingredients for Sweet Potato and Provolone Burgers

First, cook the sweet potato in a pan of lightly salted boiling water for 15-20 minutes, or until tender.  Drain and mash.  Cut the broccoli into small pieces, cook in boiling water for 3 minutes, then drain and cool immediately with cold water.  Drain excess water and add to mashed sweet potato. Stir in the garlic, red onion, chili, grated cheese, and salt and pepper.  Mix well and shape into 4-6 equal-sized burgers, then coat in the flour. (These patties are a bit of a sticky mess until floured.)  Cover and let chill for at least 1 hour.

For the topping, heat 1.5 tablespoons of the oil in a heavy-bottom skillet.  Add the sliced onions and cook over medium heat until softened, about 12-15 minutes.  Stir in the cilantro at the end and set aside.  Add the remaining oil to the skillet and cook thhe burgers over medium heat, about 5-6 minutes on each side.

Serve with some bitter salad greens on the base of a lightly toasted whole-wheat bun.  Top the burgers with the onions and some sweet chili or hot pepper sauce if preferred.

Our first veggie burger, the sweet potato burger

Our first veggie burger, the Sweet Potato Burger

We made a few modifications to the instructions.  We used swiss cheese and yellow onion in the patties because that is what we had on hand.   We also added 1 tsp of  chipotle chili puree when cooking our onion topping to give it a little kick.  Because of time limitations, we quick chilled the patties – 20 min in the freezer and 10 in the fridge.

So, all in all, there is a bit of work involved in making this burger but we liked the taste and will give it another try.  Overall, the texture of the burger needs some work; they were a bit too loose and more like a mashed sweet potato sandwich.  Even the leftover burger that chilled over 12 hours came out slightly mushy when cooked.  Perhaps, less mashing of the potatoes and a little more broccoli will yield a better texture.  Also, we recommend keeping the patties fairly small and thin, which will make flipping them easier and will increase the crust to interior ratio.  Our patties were a bit too big and thick and ended up squishing out the side of the bun.  We hope this gives you some ideas for trying your own veggie burgers and we will keep you posted about our next attempt.


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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Sergio  |  April 4, 2009 at 10:46 am

    Hello guys! I didn’t know your blog was up and running, but I’ll certainly be following now! Your veggie burger looks amazing and it sounds delicious. I would totally order it 🙂 I understand what you mean about the texture. When you’re a vegetarian and you’re used to veggie burgers, you kind of forget what a meat burger feels like, and it’s definitely different. What usually happens with veggie patties is that they’re too moist. I might suggest baking the patties for a while, to kind of dry them out a bit, and then putting them on the skillet or grill. They’ll probably come out perfect if you make them thinner, like you mentioned. Okay, well this recipe looks very tasty, I think I’m gonna try it next month after I complete my veggie burger fast. Cheers!

  • 2. Emily  |  April 4, 2009 at 11:34 pm

    I cannot WAIT to try these burgers! They look and sound delicious. And I love, love, love your blog – it is beautiful!

    Can’t wait for more!

  • 3. christina  |  October 29, 2009 at 7:43 pm

    Yummy! Just added the ingredients to my grocery list!


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