Makes about 8 burgers
- I paired these burgers with pan seared brussels sprouts
- We also dressed ours with kale and barbecue sauce, but maple mustard pairs nicely as well
I have never eaten a real hamburger, or at least, not that I can remember. So, this is my idea of a burger. I would say that these are softer than I would imagine a hamburger would be. Brennan tells me that meat is chewy and that's the biggest textural difference with these. I'll take his word for it.. So, these are not chewy, which I see as a positive. I don't think I'd want a chewy burger anyway. Sounds gross.
Apparently, sweet potatoes are the most nutritious potato. I don't remember where I heard that, but to me, it hardly matters. They're easily the most delicious potato, so I'm going to eat them regardless. As a side of fries, or made into the actual burger, sweet potatoes are great for roasting or grilling. They form a beautiful crust, but stay so soft on the inside, ready to absorb flavor. (Which will obviously be lots of paprika and garlic.)
In my opinion, too many veggie burgers are loaded with grains. Now, don't get me wrong, I love grains. I'm a bread baker, hello, carbs are my livelihood. Putting grains in a veggie burger is fine, but I'm not about to go and make a quinoa sandwich. The other nice thing about bean burgers is they hold together very nicely. It's one, cohesive texture. The sweet potatoes match the texture of the black beans once they are slightly mashed up, which is why I thought they would go great together.
Sweet Potato Black Bean Burgers
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