Literally, for about a week, I’ve had to cook in the space of a 4×2 foot kitchenette with a frying pan, a bamboo spoon, and a random spice box I picked up at the store.
Thankfully, that trial has passed and I’m now the master of my little kitchen with all of my wonderful cooking utensils at my command. Not to mention, a fridge full of groceries. Alhamdulillah (Praise be to God).
So for about 3 weeks, we had a bunch of freezer meals and takeout a few times. My lovely mama cooked so many things like kabob, curries, stews, etc. and froze them ahead of time since we’d be moving 4 states east. What that meant was that I got tired of eating meat and carbs very quickly. I craved vegetarian food.
So one of the first meals I made in my new home were these vegetarian black bean burgers. Actually, they’re sweet potato black bean burgers (but that’s too long of a name). It’s a pretty filling burger with sweet potato, black beans, brown rice, and green onions to add a zing.
They’re very simple to make and taste great as burgers or even with a simple salad if you’re doing the low-carb thing. They’re actually gluten free too, since I used ground up walnuts (walnuts ground in the food processor). The walnuts helped to bind the mixture and helped shape the patties.
- 3 medium sized sweet potatoes (2 cups cooked/mashed)
- 1 cup cooked black beans. rinsed and drained
- 1 and 1/4 cup cooked brown rice
- 1/2 cup ground walnuts
- 1/2 cup finely sliced green onions
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Buns/bread, tomatoes, avocados, condiments of your choice
- Peel and dice the sweet potatoes. Steam them until soft. I do this by placing the cut sweet potatoes in a pot with about 1/4 cup water on low heat. It takes about 25 minutes for them to cook all the way through. When cooked, mash the sweet potatoes in a large bowl with a fork.
- Preheat oven to 375 deg F. Rinse the black beans and add them into the bowl with sweet potatoes. Mash it all together, it doesn't have to be completely smooth.
- Add the cooked brown rice, green onions, and ground walnut. Add the spices and mix well.
- Use a 1/2 cup measuring cup to measure out the mixture and scoop onto a greased baking sheet.
- Press each patty down into desired thickness. Don't make it too thin or it'll dry out quickly.
- Bake for total 35 minutes, flipping them once in between to allow even cooking. The longer it cooks, the firmer/drier the patties will be.
- Let cool for 5 minutes before serving with burger condiments.