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Black Bean Burgers w/ Sweet Potato Wedges

I get it. Veggie burgers have a bad reputation. I’ve had my own share of downers, that’s for sure. But we’re out to change it with these tasty black bean burgers. This recipe uses both pre-cooked black beans and quinoa. They also require a little time in the fridge, so plan ahead and mix these up the night or morning before you want to cook them. They are a great thing to keep in your freezer and pull out when a burger craving hits.

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  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: Main Course



  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil (plus more for cooking)
  • 1 small onion (finely diced)
  • 4 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked black beans (drained OR 15-ounce can, drained)
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes (drained if packed in oil)
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon each: cumin and chili powder
  • Sea salt (to taste)
  • 6 in hamburger buns (split half)


  • 1 tomato (sliced)
  • 6 slices cheddar cheese
  • 1 red onion (sliced)
  • 6 tender lettuce leaves


  1. Heat the 1 tablespoon coconut oil in a skillet. Add the onion and saute until softened, about 5-10 minutes. Add garlic and cook for 30-60 seconds.
  2. Transfer to a mixing bowl and add all of the other ingredients in the bowl. Use your hands or potato masher to mash everything together, especially the beans. The mixture will be rather sticky. Taste and add salt, if needed.
  3. Line a baking sheet or plate with parchment paper or plastic wrap. Form the burger mixture into 6 balls of equal size. Place the balls spaced about 3” apart on the plate or tray. Flatten gently with the palm of your hand to form a patty about 4-inches in diameter. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate or freeze until firm. (Wrap each burger individually if making ahead and storing in freezer.) If possible, don’t skip this step – it makes it much easier to cook and flip the burgers.
  4. To cook burgers, heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add a little coconut oil to the pan and let it get nice and hot, about 20-30 seconds. Place the burgers in the hot pan, working in batches, if needed. Cook first side until golden brown, about 5-8 minutes. Gently flip the burgers over and cook on the remaining side. If cooking burgers frozen, they will take a few extra minutes to warm through.
  5. Serve with toppings on a bun with a side of baked sweet potato fries.


Notes: These are more delicate than meat burgers, and hold together best after being refrigerated or frozen. Be gentle when turning. Tip: To make these gluten-free, substitute gluten-free bread crumbs or almond meal for the regular bread crumbs. Serve on a gluten-free bun or bed of leafy greens.



  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Side Dish


We love these healthy fries! Sweet potatoes have a lower glycemic index than white or red potatoes. They are also loaded with vitamins and minerals meaning you can have your fries and be healthy at the same time. Serve them up with the Black Bean Burgers.



  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 large sweet potatoes (peeled if desired, cut into 8 wedges each)
  • Sea salt (to taste)


  1. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Heat oven to 450° Adjust oven racks so one is closer to the bottom of the oven, and one is closer to the top.
  2. Toss the sweet potato wedges with the olive oil and arrange in single layers on the baking sheets. Sprinkle with sea salt.
  3. Place the baking sheets in the oven and bake for about 10-15 minutes. Switch the baking sheets, top to bottom, and continue baking until fries are tender and golden on the edges, an additional 10-15 minutes.

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  1. Elizabeth

    September 18th, 2015 at 12:30 pm

    Can I substitute another kind of bean? I hate black beans…

  2. SGS Rawkstar

    September 21st, 2015 at 4:48 pm

    Hi Elizabeth,

    Not a fan of black beans. No worries! Swap in white beans, pinto beans, or black eyed peas!

  3. Mariah

    September 18th, 2015 at 12:33 pm

    How exactly do you incorporate the freshly chopped strawberries, blueberries, and banana?

  4. Amika

    September 18th, 2015 at 3:19 pm

    I was thinking the same thing!

  5. SGS Rawkstar

    September 21st, 2015 at 4:47 pm

    Hi Amika,

    Our mistake! Top these burgers with tomato, onion, lettuce + sliced cheese!

  6. SGS Rawkstar

    September 21st, 2015 at 4:45 pm

    Hi Mariah,

    Whoops, a misprint on our part! Our apologizes! Top these delicious burgers with tomato, onion, lettuce, + sliced cheese!

    Thanks for pointing that out!

  7. Gina

    September 18th, 2015 at 1:01 pm

    Can I use olive oil instead? I don’t really care for coconut oil.

  8. SGS Rawkstar

    September 21st, 2015 at 4:44 pm

    Hi Gina,

    Of course! Extra virgin olive oil is a great substitute for coconut oil in this recipe!

    Cheers 🙂

  9. Elisabeth

    September 18th, 2015 at 1:12 pm

    I love coconut oil! and baking the sweet potato wedges in coconut oil gives them an extra taste edge that i love.

  10. SGS Rawkstar

    September 21st, 2015 at 4:43 pm

    Hi Elisabeth,

    We love cooking with coconut oil, + love hearing that you do too!

    Cheers to health, happiness, + yummy potato wedges!

  11. Samantha

    September 18th, 2015 at 1:19 pm

    These look fantastic, I can’t wait to make them!

  12. SGS Rawkstar

    September 21st, 2015 at 4:42 pm

    Hi Samantha,

    We think they taste fantastic too! Reach back out + let us know what you think!

  13. Michelle

    September 18th, 2015 at 1:24 pm

    My kids have coconut allergies. What kind of oil would you recommend in place of coconut oil?

  14. SGS Rawkstar

    September 21st, 2015 at 4:42 pm

    Hi Michelle,

    Have coconut allergies in your family? Extra virgin olive oil makes a great substitute!

  15. Bahbi Stanton

    September 18th, 2015 at 1:30 pm

    Re: Black Bean Burger and Sweet Potato Wedges: I won’t ever even try this recipe/meal, ’cause (1) I don’t eat wheat or any wheat products, so I won’t ever eat any kind of a “burger”; (2) my husband would absolutely refuse to eat black bean anything–he even requires his refried beans to be pinto or kidney beans; 3) also, I might love your sweet potato wedges, but he would refuse to even try them.

    He’s 87, and has lost most of his sense of taste due to chemo for a cancer he had several years ago, so he refuses to eat what he can’t taste, or what tastes bad to him, and likewise refuses to eat anything he never liked before the chemo on the premise that he’s “87 years old, and entitled to eat only what he damn well wants to eat”.

    That’s why I love green smoothies so much; I can cook him something from the limited list he’ll eat, and then make whatever smoothie I want for me. (After which, he almost always says “what’s in that?” and them makes a face and tells me how yucky it must be.)

  16. SGS Rawkstar

    September 21st, 2015 at 4:41 pm

    Hi Bahbi,

    It’s all about finding what works for you, your body + your taste buds! We’ll be sharing more recipes from our new meal plan, and hope you’ll find a few that your husband enjoys!

    Thank you so much for sharing! We love hearing how green smoothies fit into your life!

    Cheers 🙂

  17. Lisa Hickman

    September 18th, 2015 at 1:51 pm

    I use a recipe similar to this but use pumpkin seeds and minced mushrooms (cooked with the onion and garlic) instead of bread crumbs and sunflower seeds.

    I also make sweet potato “fries” like this, but sprinkle a bit of Ceylon cinnamon (naturally sweeter tasting than grocery store cinnamon) on as they come out of the oven.

    Wonderful start to what I know will be a “must-have” cookbook for me!!

  18. SGS Rawkstar

    September 21st, 2015 at 4:39 pm

    Hi Lisa,

    Yum! Adding mushrooms + pumpkin seeds sounds like very tasty additions! And will need to look for Ceylon cinnamon. Thank you so much for sharing!

  19. Vladka

    September 18th, 2015 at 2:15 pm

    In my opinion most of those who start to drink green smoothies are more interested in raw food vegan recipes, they would not consider a burger made out of wheat flour a part of a healthy diet. However, i am your fan and i wish you good luck 🙂 i am sure the recipe can be modified

  20. Shannon

    September 18th, 2015 at 2:33 pm

    I have been drinking green smoothies for 2 years, and I think this looks like a delicious meal. I know many green smoothie drinkers who would love it.

  21. Mari

    September 18th, 2015 at 2:36 pm

    I agree!

  22. SGS Rawkstar

    September 21st, 2015 at 1:01 pm

    Hi Shannon,

    Yay, we’re so excited to have you blendin’ with us + can’t wait to share our complete meal plan with you!

    Cheers 🙂

  23. Sylvia

    September 18th, 2015 at 6:46 pm

    I LOVE green smoothies because of Simple Green Smoothies girls! But I have NO desire to give up wheat (because I have no allergies, etc.) And DEFINITELY not meat, haha! And I have many friends who feel the same 🙂 I think people who need to or want to know how to make substitutions.

    I’m for sure trying this asap! Meatless Monday!

  24. SGS Rawkstar

    September 21st, 2015 at 1:04 pm

    Hi Sylvia,

    Everyone is different + it’s all about finding what works best for you + your body! We can’t wait to share more of our recipes with you!

    Cheers 🙂

  25. SGS Rawkstar

    September 21st, 2015 at 1:00 pm

    Hi Vladka,

    Great point! Looking to avoid wheat + keep vegan, substitute breadcrumbs for almond meal, + lose the bun in place of a delicious green salad! Our recipes are here to inspire you, so definitely feel free to make any adjustments to fit whats best for you + your body!

    Cheers 🙂

  26. Shannon

    September 18th, 2015 at 2:31 pm

    This looks delicious! I can’t wait to try it!

  27. SGS Rawkstar

    September 21st, 2015 at 12:58 pm

    Hi Shannon,

    Yay! Reach back out + let us know how you enjoy our Black Bean Burger recipe!

  28. Mari

    September 18th, 2015 at 2:36 pm

    This looks and sounds so good. I can’t wait to try it. This is something my whole family can enjoy. If the rest of the recipes are like this one then I will definitely be purchasing the book.

  29. SGS Rawkstar

    September 21st, 2015 at 12:58 pm

    Hi Mari,

    Yay! We’re so excited to hear your excitement for our Black Bean Burger recipe + can’t wait to share the rest of our meal plan with you! Reach back out + let us know how you + your family enjoy this recipe!

  30. Tia

    September 18th, 2015 at 3:08 pm

    I look forward to trying the burger. In effort to reduce my gluten exposure, I will make it a lettuce wrap. I also like to add fresh rosemary to my sweet potato fries, — yummy!

  31. Peggy

    September 18th, 2015 at 3:36 pm

    Looks Delicious. For a low cal meal, I smash the beans before I make them into a burger and put spicy salsa on top to serve. No bun. Cucumber, tomato and avacado salad with balsamic vinegar and olive oil on the side.

  32. SGS Rawkstar

    September 21st, 2015 at 12:57 pm

    Yum, Peggy, great suggestion!!

  33. SGS Rawkstar

    September 21st, 2015 at 12:56 pm

    Hi Tia,

    Love the idea of losing the bun for a fresh lettuce wrap!

  34. Romell

    September 18th, 2015 at 3:34 pm

    Hi Ladies,
    I am very interested in your meals. All thought I think your black bean burger would be great their are some of us who have some restricted diets. I and my husband are heart patients and have to watch what we eat. My husband has been told to watch the wheat in his diet along with others things. So I guess the questions would be could you make your meals and then maybe add an alternative to some of things heart patient could eat.

    I will try your black bean burger without the sweet potatoes wedges. Looking forward to the rest of your meals.

  35. SGS Rawkstar

    September 21st, 2015 at 12:55 pm

    Hi Romell,

    Looking to avoid some grains? Substitute breadcrumbs in our Black Bean Burger recipe with almond meal, + lose the bun for a delicious green salad or I love making a sweet potato bun on the stove top by combining grated sweet potato, herbs, + an egg.

    Hope these substitutes help you + your husband enjoy this recipe!

  36. Jennifer

    September 18th, 2015 at 4:41 pm

    I will give this a try. Looks and sounds pretty tasty. I even think my teenager would enjoy the burger.

  37. SGS Rawkstar

    September 21st, 2015 at 12:52 pm

    Hi Jennifer,

    Reach back out + let us know how you enjoy our Black Bean Burger recipe!

  38. Joy

    September 18th, 2015 at 5:00 pm

    So excited about your simple, healthy, and delicious recipes!!! I’m all in! And will no doubt enjoy my new meal tastings. Thanks again Jadah, Jen & SGS team!!!

  39. SGS Rawkstar

    September 21st, 2015 at 12:51 pm

    Hi Joy,

    Yay, we’re excited too! We can’t wait to share more recipes with you!

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