Southwest Veggie burger

Sweet Potato Black Bean Burger

From http://happyhealthymama.com

What was once a rarity in restaurants and grocers, the veggie burger is now part of a revolution.  The industry has grown to develop numerous fresh and versatile options in stores and restaurants.  Home kitchens that even have devout meat eaters are giving them a try.

Here is a great burger recipe to bring the sensation into your own home for dinner. These burgers are quick, fun, easy, and have become a staple to my own burger nights.

Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and mash together. Be sure to leave some beans partially intact to leave some texture.

When forming the patties, I typically go for about fist size. That way they are still easy to flip, and stay true to size with a traditional burger. For sliders, use about half the portion normally used for a regular burger (about 1/4 cup).

Avoid making the burgers too thin, especially if you are opting to not use an egg. Without the strong binder, the burgers are a bit more delicate and will fall apart if they aren’t thick enough.

Let each burger cook for 5-7 minutes on each side until crispy and warm.

Once the burgers are done, place on a bun or have them go naked on a bed of lettuce. For the avocado junkies out there, top the burger with guacamole or avocado slices. I hate to let my burgers go dry, so I opt for avocado, fire roasted tomatoes, and taco sauce.

Burger night: accomplished.

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Total time: 25 minutes
Serves: 5-7

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INGREDIENTS:

1 cup cooked and mashed sweet potato
1/2 cup cooked quinoa
1 15oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
Ground flaxseed meal gel (1 tablespoon ground flaxseed meal + 3 tablespoons water) or 1 egg
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon lime juice
1 tablespoon oil

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INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Mix ground flaxseed meal and water, then set aside to gel.

2. Combine ingredients in a bowl, mixing well. Mash beans to desired texture.

3. Heat a medium or large skillet with a thin layer of your choice of oil over medium-high heat.

4. Form 5-7 patties from mixture.

5. When the skillet is hot, add 3-4 patties. Cook until crispy on each side, flipping after 5-10 minutes.

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