Black Bean and Roasted Root Burgers

Black Bean and Roasted Root Burgers

These vegan burgers are packed with flavor and texture. The natural sweetness of carrots and sweet potato are enhanced by roasting, and the chipotle pepper in adobo sauce adds a spicy kick.


Makes 8 burgers or 16 sliders


1 large sweet potato, peeled and diced

2 large carrots, diced

Olive oil, salt and pepper

2 cups cooked black beans, drained

1 cup cooked rice

½-1 chipotle pepper in adobo plus 1 tablespoon adobo sauce

½ red onion, finely chopped

½ cup cilantro, chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 teaspoon ground cumin

½ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon black pepper

1 tablespoon ground flax seed, soaked in 3 tablespoons water for at least 15 minutes

Up to ½ cup gluten free flour, such as oat, chickpea, or tapioca flour



Preheat oven to 450. Toss diced sweet potato and carrots with olive oil, salt and pepper. Spread in an even layer on a cookie sheet and roast for about 20 minutes, stirring once for even browning. Let cool and softly mash with a fork into small chunks.

In a food processor, pulse chipotle pepper and adobo sauce a few times, then add beans and rice. Pulse to blend, but do not puree.

In a large bowl, combine red onion, cilantro, garlic, cumin, salt and pepper. Add roasted sweet potatoes and carrots, black beans and rice, and ground flax seed mixture. Stir to combine. Refrigerate mixture for several hours.

If the mixture is sticky to the touch, add gluten free flour of choice, several tablespoons at a time, to the mixture to absorb moisture. The mixture should not be so sticky that it coats your hands when you form patties.

Heat oil in a large frying pan over medium high heat. Scoop ½ cup of mixture at a time to form patties, or ¼ cup to form slider patties. Working in small batches, fry the patties for 2-3 minutes per side, until a brown crunchy crust forms. Serve warm.


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