Can’t Beet this Sweet Potato and Black Bean Burger

It’s been over four years since I first watched a video from one of my favorite go-to-places for recipes regarding this concoction. The video was from The Happy Pear and it was on a fabulous plant-based burger that is full of flavor and healthy gloriousness. The Sweet Potato and Black Bean Burger is easy to make, will make about 12 patties, and get this – less than 200 calories each! Great for a party or freeze for later.

I tweaked the recipe just a bit and have never missed on how they come out no matter what change I’ve incorporated. Here are the ingredients and directions if you want to give it a go.


  • Sweet Potato – 500 grams (g)
  • Beet Root – 50 g
  • For the blender or food processor
    • Bread Crumbs – 100 g (I used a cauliflower based bread crumb – Cauli Crunch…super healthy!)
    • Toasted Cashews – 200 g
    • Garlic Powder – 2 teaspoons
    • Nutritional Yeast – 1 tablespoon
    • Ground Cumin – 1 teaspoon
    • Smoked Paprika – 1/2 teaspoon
    • Salt – 1 teaspoon
    • Pepper – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Black Beans – 1 can
  • Lemon Juice – 1 tablespoon
  • Optional – Mushrooms – 4 oz (pictured here without)


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Bring large pot of water to boil
  • Cut the sweet potatoes and beet root into small cubes (like a half inch…but don’t worry about the size too much) and put them in the boiling water for 20 minutes
  • OPTIONAL – chop the mushrooms into very small pieces and put in a pan covered on med/high heat for 8ish minutes until soft
  • Place the blender ingredients in the container and pulse to a gritty substance…don’t over do it…and dump into a large mixing bowl
  • Rinse and drain the black beans followed by dumping them into the mixing bowl along with the lemon juice
  • When the sweet potatoes and beet root are finished boiling, drain them, and place in the mixing bowl
  • Add the mushrooms to the mixing bowl if using
  • Using a potato masher, mash the ingredients where everything blends together in a chunky manner
  • Create burger patties to your size preference and place them on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper
  • Place in oven for 10 minutes, remove and let sit for a minute or so before serving

The flavor these produce is outstanding and you are acquiring phenomenal health benefits from eating sweet potatoes, black beans and beet root. Heart health promoting and two burgers (they are small making 12) will yield you 11g fiber, 15g protein, 54 carbohydrates (great carbs…not refined crap carbs!), and less than 400 calories!

I hope you enjoy making and devouring these beauties!

– Add Health to Your Life

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