Lunch & Dinner, Recipes

Sweet Potato White Bean Burgers

I discovered Kroger brand organic sweet potato chips a few weeks ago and was so excited when they went on sale this week. However, apparently everyone else got excited as well because the two times I’ve been to the store recently there have been no sweet potato chips. None. Zero.

It’s because sweet potatoes are pretty trendy right now.

I like to think, though, that my love of sweet potatoes started way before they got trendy. In one of my favorite kids’ books, The All-of-a-Kind Family, the family (in the early 20th century) visits the Jewish market on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Each of the five children has something like a penny to spend on a snack. Two get candy, one gets a pickle, one gets hot salt-and-pepper roasted chickpeas, and the last gets half of giant sweet potato, from a vendor with an oven on a push-cart.

Doesn’t that sound great?

Especially in the dead of winter?

(We got hit with another snowstorm on Thursday.)

Most of us probably don’t have nice old men pushing around carts selling roasted sweet potatoes for a penny each. This is a decent alternative, though.

Like most homemade burgers, these Sweet Potato White Bean Burgers don’t hold up as well as commercial, store-bought veggie burgers. But what they lack in structural integrity they make up for in flavor. Sweet potatoes themselves are flavor-packed (and super healthy!). Paired with yellow onions, garlic, and paprika, these pair sweet with a little kick.

And topped with sriracha and avocado slices?! Don’t get me started.

sweet potato white bean burgers

Sweet Potato White Bean Burgers

adapted from The Lunch Box Bunch

makes 5-6 patties (more or less, depending on size and thickness)


  • 1 medium sweet potato, roasted and peeled
  • 1 15-oz can white beans, such as cannellini
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 3/4 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 frozen chopped kale, thawed


Mash together sweet potato and white beans. Stir in spices, onion, kale, and flour. Form into 5-6 patties.

Fry in a hot skillet lightly coated with your favorite cooking oil (try canola, olive, or coconut) until cooked through. Alternately, sear the burgers before finishing by baking in a 400°F oven for 10-15 minutes.

Store leftovers in the fridge or freezer in an airtight container.


4 thoughts on “Sweet Potato White Bean Burgers”

  1. These burgers sound delicious! I’m always up for new veggie burger recipes 🙂 Also, that book definitely sounds like it would have been one of my favorites too – all my favorite childhood books seemed to have some amount of focus on food (big surprise!), haha.

  2. Great burger! This reminds me of the years that my husband was vegetarian, and I would make different burgers – never the same kind – with various vegetables, beans, and grains in my food processor. People don’t usually understand how delicious they are!!!

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