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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. Gaby

    September 20th, 2015 at 10:54 pm

    Just had a patty with a slice of cheese bread and topped with slices of avocado. Did not make the sweet potatoes fries. It was delicious. I doubled the amount of cilantro. Pan fried the patty in medium heat.

  2. SGS Rawkstar

    September 21st, 2015 at 9:01 am

    Hi Gaby!

    Yay! We’re so excited to hear you enjoyed our recipe, thank you so much for reaching out + letting us know!

    Cheers 🙂

  3. abby

    September 21st, 2015 at 3:48 pm

    I am making these this week. I already have all of the ingredients on hand. There is no way these taste any less than amazing!

  4. SGS Rawkstar

    September 21st, 2015 at 4:54 pm

    Hi Abby,

    Yay! We hope you love these burgers as much as we do! Reach back out after this weekend + let us know what you think!

    Cheers 🙂

  5. Diana Simplair

    September 22nd, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    These were awesome! My husband is not a huge fan of veggie burgers and even he liked these!

  6. SGS Rawkstar

    September 23rd, 2015 at 5:36 am

    Hi Diana,

    YAY! Thanks for sharing the Black Bean Burger love! 🙂

  7. Michelle

    September 22nd, 2015 at 3:25 pm

    Followed the recipe to a “T” tonight and loved it! Will definitely be making the burgers again, but happy that I have several stocked in the freezer for an easy meal the next time. Thank you for sharing and I look forward to your cookbook!

  8. SGS Rawkstar

    September 23rd, 2015 at 5:37 am

    Hi Michelle,

    Thank you so much for taking the time to try our recipe + let us know what you think! We can’t wait to share more recipes from our “Lets Eat” meal plan with you!

    Cheers 🙂

  9. Beverley

    September 23rd, 2015 at 11:59 pm

    This is one recipe I am looking forward to trying… It just sounds so yum. I have everything except the black beans.. Roll on lunch time so I can pop out to the shops.

  10. SGS Rawkstar

    September 24th, 2015 at 5:06 am

    Hi Beverley,

    Reach back out + let us know what you think!

    Cheers 🙂

  11. michele

    September 24th, 2015 at 8:21 am

    These turned out great. I omitted the cilantro, and I was a little uncertain how they would turn out when I started mashing the mix with the potato masher, but we were pleasantly surprised with their flavor and texture. They’re in the freezer now and I’m going to cook them for dinner tonight with the sweet potato fries, I’m looking forward to dinner!

    I’m wondering, has anyone tried these with brown rice instead of quinoa? We often have leftover brown rice in the fridge that we could use up with this recipe.

  12. SGS Rawkstar

    September 24th, 2015 at 10:14 am

    Hi Michele,

    Yay! We hope your family enjoys dinner tonight! Rice sounds like a great substitute for quinoa in this recipe!

    Cheers 🙂

  13. Lisa

    September 25th, 2015 at 5:55 am

    They look good – trying them this weekend.

  14. SGS Rawkstar

    September 25th, 2015 at 7:39 am

    We hope you enjoy them, Lisa! Have a wonderful weekend!

  15. Lisa

    September 26th, 2015 at 7:15 am

    I made these for dinner last night and they were amazing. I’ve tried several black bean burger recipes in the past, and this one was by far the best. I especially loved the sun flower seeds. I ended up cooking them on the grill on top of a well-oiled piece of foil and it worked out great. Thanks ladies!

  16. SGS Rawkstar

    September 28th, 2015 at 1:24 pm

    Hi Lisa,

    Yay! Thank you so much for sharing your burger love with us! We love the idea of grillin’ these burgers, so thank you for sharing the tip of using a well-oiled piece of foil.

    Cheers 🙂

  17. Karen

    September 29th, 2015 at 5:06 am

    Usually I have to fight my kids to get any leftovers when I make black beans since they inhale them instantly. But I managed to save some finally for this recipe…they are delicious! I made them with the almond meal instead of flour & they held together pretty well, especially after freezing. Didn’t quite get six, though, since I had a hard time resisting the need to sample it while mixing…!

  18. SGS Rawkstar

    September 29th, 2015 at 7:08 am

    Hi Karen,

    Yay! We’re so excited to hear you + your family loved our Black Bean Burgers! Thanks for reaching out + letting us know!

    Cheers 🙂

  19. Paul

    September 29th, 2015 at 10:09 am

    Tried this recipe yesterday, Me and my wife think they are awesome.
    The burgers were very flavorful and so were the fries.
    Thank you very much for all your efforts to create healthy meals.

  20. SGS Rawkstar

    September 29th, 2015 at 12:55 pm

    Hi Paul,

    Thanks for reaching out + sharing your feedback! We can’t wait to share our completed Let’s Eat Meal Plan with you! Working hard behind the scenes to make sure everything is perfect!

    Cheers 🙂

  21. Nicole

    September 29th, 2015 at 1:53 pm

    I made them last night and they were delicious but hard to eat because they fell apart. I am curious to know if anyone finds a way to keep them sticking together. I did refrigerate them overnight.

  22. SGS Rawkstar

    September 29th, 2015 at 5:57 pm

    Hi Nicole,

    Thanks for reaching out! Finding your burgers falling apart? Try freezing them next time!

    Cheers 🙂

  23. Rita

    October 6th, 2015 at 6:36 am

    Are the recipe in the form of an e-book

  24. SGS Rawkstar

    October 6th, 2015 at 6:46 pm

    Hi Rita,

    Yes! Our Let’s Eat Meal Plan is an e-book!

    Cheers 🙂

  25. Yvette

    October 6th, 2015 at 4:41 pm

    Warning: not a black bean fan (but trying) and very little luck finding a veggie burger I like. So…well done. these are really tasty and I am thinking of taking them camping with me next weekend to introduce them to my friends. the only changes I made were no cumin (ew) so double the chili powder, and pepisitas instead of sesame, over a small bed of pasta. Still need to work on cooking them frozen. thank you!

  26. SGS Rawkstar

    October 6th, 2015 at 6:34 pm

    Hi Yvette,

    Yay! We’re so excited this Black Bean Burger was a hit! Not a fan of black beans, you can always change up this recipe + use black-eyed peas or white beans!

    Cheers 🙂

  27. Cassandre Galette

    October 6th, 2015 at 8:37 pm

    I am making dinner tomorrow night and this is definitely what we are having. My family is resisting the veggies but at least once a week the rule is to have a meatless meal.

    Most of my meals are meatless, the rest of the family has compromised. I have no doubt that this will be an often requested option.

    Thanks a bunch.

  28. SGS Rawkstar

    October 7th, 2015 at 5:30 am

    Hi Cassandre,

    Looking for Meatless Monday ideas? I definitely suggest checking out our Let’s Eat Meal Plan! After testing a few of the recipes, my family is craving veggie packed dinners! And all of the recipes are family friendly!!

    Reach back out + let us know what your family thinks of the Black Bean Burgers recipe!


  29. Karen

    October 17th, 2015 at 8:09 pm

    Made both the black bean burger and sweet potato wedges, and loved them!! Can’t wait for more recipes to come.

  30. SGS Rawkstar

    October 19th, 2015 at 6:46 am

    Hi Karen,

    Rawesome! Have you checked out our Let’s Eat Meal Plan?


    Cheers 🙂

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