Monday, April 16, 2012

Sweet Potato Black Bean Burgers {Vegan}: This Week's Cravings {RESTAURANT COPYCATS}

Today's This Week's Cravings theme is COPYCAT RECIPES FROM YOUR FAVORITE RESTAURANTS and I'm sharing these delicious Sweet Potato Black Bean Burgers over at They are absolutely incredible burgers and chock full of nutrients and proteins. Great for vegans and vegetarians as well as those who like to have something a little different in their burgers.

Back in my youth, there wasn't a ton of selection when it came to vegetarian or vegan options at chain restaurants. But for whatever reason, some restaurants (Chili's being one that I recall off-hand) started offering a black bean burger option (presumably for health reasons) to substitute for their hamburgers. I was so excited to not have to eat a salad or questionable soup I completely fell in love with black bean burgers. Now, of course, vegetarian and vegan options are much more prevalent. Even fast food burger places have veggie burgers. I've made several homemade black bean patties and burgers throughout the years, but this one is among the most flavorful and healthy. Plus, it's baked instead of pan-fried! Bonus!

The Results
Absolutely incredible. The kids and I loved these and gobbled them up. The meat-eating husband liked them, too, which is a bit of a surprise since he's not a huge sweet potato fan.The patties are nice and soft, but not so soft that they fall apart. And I LOVE that they're baked instead of pan-fried. I'm such a bad frier, it's always good to have an option that lets me put it in the oven, flip it once and go on about my day.

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      1. The link doesn't work and I can't find it on her site..:( I just made black beans over the weekend, want to try this one.

        1. Sorry about that, the link goes live at 9 a.m. Eastern Time.