This week’s Vegetarian Friday recipe is a sweet potato/bean based burger that absolutely blows last year’s chickpea burger out of the water!  In fact, it even gives some beef patties (and certainly any processed chicken patties) I’ve had a run for their money – and that’s saying a lot!

These burgers are so flavorful and healthy that I think we will be trying them on the grill this summer!


2 medium sweet potatoes (about 1 pound)
¾ cup dark red kidney beans
½ cup sweet corn
1 egg
¼ cup bread crumbs
¼ cup ground flax
½ tsp ground cumin
½ tsp chili powder
¼ tsp paprika
¼ tsp oregano
¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp black pepper
Pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

¼ cup sour cream
¼ tsp ground chipotle pepper
¼ tsp garlic powder

6 rolls
1 large avocado, sliced

Place the yams on a plate and microwave for 5 minutes.  Flip and microwave for an additional 3-5 minutes or until tender.  Once cool enough to handle, roughly dice the sweet potatoes, including the skins.  Place in a large bowl.

Roughly mash the beans with a fork and add to the sweet potatoes.  Mix corn, egg, bread crumbs, flax, and spices to the sweet potato and bean mixture.  Stir until thoroughly combined.

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat.  Add the oil.  Take ½ cup spoonfuls of the sweet potato mixture and firmly pack into patties.  Add the patties to the pan, and fry for 4 minutes.  Flip, and fry for an additional 4 minutes, turning the heat down to medium, if necessary.

While the patties cook, stir the chipotle peppers and garlic into the sour cream.

To serve, place each yamburger onto a bun, top with a few spinach leaves, slices of avocado, and a dollop of chipotle sour cream.  Serve with a side of French fries.

Make 4-6 Yamburgers


  1. Love it! Cant wait to try these! I have so much flax seeds that this will be a great use for them! thanks!

  2. Brilliant! I saw the name and knew it has to be good :)

  3. These look awesome! I will definitely be trying this out on my family. We aren't vegetarians, but try to limit our meat to moderate proportions, so I try to have several meatless dinners every week.


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