Smokey Sweet Potato Burgers

We’ve been on the hunt for some new veg meals to add to our weeknight dinners. I had a couple of sweet potatoes kicking around in the drawer, so it seemed like a good base to work from. After researching a few burger recipes I came up with the recipe below. I teamed it up with some fresh ciabatta roles from the fabulous Candied Bakery. Next time you have a veggie friend coming over for a BBQ – don’t buy them one of those dry, tasteless packaged burgers from the supermarket – whip them up some of these beauties!

Smokey Sweet Potato Burgers

2 large potatoes sweet potatoes
1 400g tin cannellini beans (rinsed and drained)
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/3 cup panko bread crumbs
1/3 cup all-purpose
1 large egg, lightly beaten
2 teaspoons smoked paprika
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon cumin
2-3 tablespoons olive oil
2/3 cup plain greek yogurt
2 tomatoes finely sliced
Chopped pickled jalapeños
1 handful of mixed lettuce
olive oil spray
4 ciabatta buns

Pierce sweet potatoes all over with a fork and place on a paper towel, setting in the microwave. Microwave for 5 minutes, then flip and cook for 5 minutes more. Remove, slice in half and let cool until you can scoop out the flesh.

In a large bowl, coarsely mash beans with a fork. Add in sweet potato and mash together, then add in spices, salt and pepper, minced garlic, egg, panko and flour. Mix together until combined, then place bowl in the fridge for 15-20 minutes. This helps form them hold their shape as patties.

Heat a large frypan over medium heat and add 2 tablespoons olive oil. Remove mixture from fridge and form into 4 equal patties (or you do 6 or 8 smaller patties), then place in the skillet once hot. Since the mixture can be wet and messy, do not move until they are fully cooked and golden on one side! This takes about 5-6 minutes. Then, add more oil if needed (this will help you get the golden crust on the outside of the patty) and flip burgers very gently. Cook for another 5-6 minutes.

Cut your buns in half and spray with a little olive oil. Pop those buns on a hot skillet and toast them up. This will give you that lovely griddle look on your burger (it also tastes super amazing!).

Now comes the fun bit – the assembly! Some greek yoghurt, a patio, tomato, jalapeños ,  greens and then topped off with more yoghurt just to hold everything together. Top off with your bun and get stuck in! I added a bit of chipotle sauce for some extra spice too. Delish!



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