Smoky-Sweet Potato Burgers

There’s no reason to buy expensive pre-made veggie burgers when you can make delicious ones at home, thanks to this easy recipe. You’ll combine sweet potato, beans, oats, and chia to make the base, and add chipotle chile to add a ton of smoky flavor. The chia seeds do double duty in these hearty vegetarian burgers—not only do they add protein, but they work to bind the mixture together so that the patties are firm and burger-like. The recipe lends itself to make ahead prep. With a batch of patties in the freezer, dinner is just a few minutes away. Serve these as you would a burger, or atop a bed of lettuce with some crumbled goat cheese.

Smoky-Sweet Potato Burgers Recipe
Photo: Alison Miksch
Hands On Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
15 mins
6 serves


  • 1 large sweet potato, peeled

  • 1 15-ounce can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed

  • ½ cup old-fashioned rolled oats

  • ¼ cup chia seeds

  • 1 chile in adobo sauce

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil


  1. Shred sweet potato using shredder attachment on food processor. Remove shredder, and replace with blade attachment. Add beans, oats, chia seeds, chipotle, salt, and pepper; pulse until combined, about 1 to 2 minutes. Form into 6 (½-inch thick) patties.

  2. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add patties, and cook until browned on each side, about 5 minutes per side.

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