Before we talk burgers, let me tell you what I’m doing.

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I’m eating some blueberry yogurt pretzels (which are oh-so awesome… but would be even awesomer if they were really coated in yogurt and not white chocolate disguised as yogurt) and drinking a san pellgrino aranciata that is spiked with um… vodka, malibu and tequila. With those pretty perfectly square ice cubes.

I know. I just couldn’t decide! I just kept adding things to the soda until I got a taste that I liked. Mixologist I am not. Bad personal bartender I am.

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But what is up with all of these flavors? Smoky sweet potato, roasted garlic and maple cream, avocado, then blueberry pretzels and this oddly concocted libation that I’m too embarrassed to name. Before you go claiming something craze balls like oh! you’re pregnant! (um no – vodkatequilarum what?) I think it’s just because my weekend was so.utterly.boring.

I mean, it was great, if you’re into that sort of thing that includes plastering yourself to the couch for so long that your body forms an identical indentation that’s semi-permanent, and ordering pizza Friday night which not only was dinner, but then also became lunch and then uh, dinner again on Saturday. Like the same pizza. Just microwaved. Not even warmed thoroughly in the oven. Oh no. I wasn’t even getting up long enough to preheat the oven and then throw the pizza in and blah blah blah. No way jose. I’d rather have my unequally microwaved-heated pizza (you know, so like the edge is so hot that you burn your mouth off, the bottom crust is now “gummy,” the middle is totally cold and the top crust is just hard as a rock?) on a paper plate and then re-faceplant into the cushions.

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I wish I could be all “ohmygosh, it was so rainy and cozy all day Saturday and I just got so caught up in my book that I read then entire thing while sitting in my plush velour chair in my special corner of the room that I have all to myself”… but no. Nothing of the sort. I wore the same outfit and woke up at 9 and watched so much trash on TV that my brain nearly exploded. I didn’t even read the trillions of magazines I have to catch up on.

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This would have been the perfect time to do those things that I “never have time for” such as fold a massive pile of laundry that is sitting smack dab in our living room floor (classy. want to come over?), reorganize our pantry, clean out the freezer, clean the bathrooms, scrub the floor, deconstruct the makings of my purse because it contains about six thousand small pieces of paper that I call “lists” along with random change, receipts and melted lip gloss, or reorganize every room in our house because we constantly complain about them. But no. We didn’t have time for that at all. We only had time for the couch.

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Eh, but I did have time to make these burgers (I don’t even know HOW), and it was really only because I had planned on making my double bean burgers for meals this week and then realized I didn’t have double beans. No black beans to be found. But I did have a bunch of sweet potatoes so I mashed them all up and called them a burger. And topped them with some roasted garlic sauce and a dying avocado from the depths of my fridge. The key is to get the outsides really crispy and then just… well, eat them. It’s really quite simple.

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Now don’t go getting all excited thinking that my husband ate these for dinner. Of course he didn’t. Well okay… he sort of did – he ate them as a side to some roasted chicken and dredged each forkful through a volcano of ketchup.

Welcome to my life.

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Smoky Sweet Potato Burgers with Roasted Garlic Cream and Avocado

Yield: 4 burgers

Prep Time: 45 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes


2 cups coarsely mashed sweet potatoes (or yams), about 2 large potatoes
2 bulbs of roasted garlic
1 cup cannellini benas (rinsed and drained if canned)
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/3 cup panko bread crumbs
1/3 cup oat flour (or all-purpose, wheat, etc)
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 1/2 teaspoons smoked paprika
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/8 teaspoon cumin
2-3 tablespoons olive oil
1 avocado, sliced
2/3 cup plain greek yogurt or sour cream
1 teaspoon maple syrup
extra salt and pepper for seasoning yogurt/cream

4 whole wheat buns


To roast garlic, see this tutorial. I like to roast a few bulbs at once (like 4-5) to have for the week.

Pierce potatoes (I used 2 large) all over with a fork and place on a paper towel, setting in the microwave. Microwave for 5 minutes, then flip and cook for 5 minutes more. Remove, slice in half and let cool until you can scoop out the flesh.

In a large bowl, coarsely mash beans with a fork. Add in sweet potato and mash together, then add in spices, salt and pepper, minced garlic, egg, panko and flour. Mix together until combined, then place bowl in the fridge for 15-20 minutes. This helps form them into patties, but as a warning they are still somewhat messy.

While mixture is chilling, combine yogurt/sour cream with 2 bulbs (squeezed out) of roasted garlic cloves, maple syrup and a sprinkle of salt and pepper in a blender or food processor. Process until smooth then set aside until ready to use.

Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add 2 tablespoons olive oil. Remove mixture from fridge and form into 4 equal patties, then place in the skillet once hot. Since the mixture can be wet and messy, do not move until they are fully cooked and golden on one side! This takes about 5-6 minutes. Then, add more oil if needed (this really helps cook them) and flip burgers very gently. Cook for another 5-6 minutes. Toast buns if desired.

Assemble by topping burgers with roasted garlic cream and avocado! We also used caramelized red onion one night and it was delicious.

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391 Responses to “Smoky Sweet Potato Burgers with Roasted Garlic Cream and Avocado.”

  1. #
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — September 10, 2012 @ 7:04 am

    HUGE fan of this awesome burgerific meal!! This looks soooo tasty!! And now I want some pretzels too…with real yogurt.


  2. #
    Simply Life — September 10, 2012 @ 7:12 am

    If sitting on the couch all day is what gave you the motivation to make these then I would consider that a very productive day! these look great!!!


  3. #
    Shana — September 10, 2012 @ 7:13 am

    Ha! First time commenting – I love this post. My weekend was almost exactly the same – I watched about 6 hours of Househunters International and we did the whole “order pizza friday night and eat it all weekend” thing. I work in a very public facing job and think if I don’t have at least one weekend like that a month then my brain will explode! It’s how I recharge – so don’t feel bad – you needed it.

    And now I NEED to make those burgers. They look gorgeous and delicious! Thanks for your lovely posts.


  4. #
    Kim in MD — September 10, 2012 @ 7:14 am

    Yum! What a creative burger!


  5. #
    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — September 10, 2012 @ 7:20 am

    Sometimes weekends are meant to be out of control lazy. Love these!


  6. #
    kim@hungryhealthygirl — September 10, 2012 @ 7:22 am

    I love sweet potatoes and mixed with avocado and garlic…..sounds delish! Don’t feel bad, we all need those days to just be completely laaaaazzzzzyyyyy!


  7. #
    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — September 10, 2012 @ 7:23 am

    Oh my gosh!!! Amazing recipe!!! When I opened it and saw sweet potato burgers I almost fell off my chair, I am so making these!!!! What a great recipe, thank you!!!


  8. #
    Noelle (@singerinkitchen) — September 10, 2012 @ 7:33 am

    You had me at smoky….


  9. #
    shel — September 10, 2012 @ 7:34 am

    I consider this very productive.

    and I lived the same weekend, except my laundry pile is in the corner.. and the 2 remaining slices of pizza are now in my daughters’ lunchbox for today :)


    • Dan — October 31st, 2013 @ 12:33 am

      Wow awesome mom. You give your daughter left over pizza for lunch. Bravo.


  10. #
    Lauren — September 10, 2012 @ 7:36 am

    OMG! The cream sauce put them over the top.


  11. #
    Emily — September 10, 2012 @ 7:38 am

    I wish you did delivery!


  12. #
    Ali @ Peaches and Football — September 10, 2012 @ 7:44 am

    I love anything with sweet potatoes and it’s a great idea to make them into a burger. It looks like it would be a great Fall dinner recipe – and I love the addition of the beans for extra fiber and protein.


  13. #
    Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) — September 10, 2012 @ 7:46 am

    You have that massive pile of laundry too? This makes me feel so much better for the baking and cooking I did yesterday instead of doing the laundry. I did clean out the fridge, but that was only because of the ridiculous amount of empty pickle jars and miscellaneous odds and ends of bread that were taking up too much space. These look PERFECT!


    • Dan — October 31st, 2013 @ 12:30 am

      You do realize that when doing laundry there is a huge amount of time between loads right? Do you normally sit on your butt while it’s being washed and dried? I’ve done laundry since I was 15 it isn’t a hard job. I can even watch TV while I fold. If you think laundry is hard then you have a very pampered life.


  14. #
    Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy — September 10, 2012 @ 8:00 am

    These look so delicious!


  15. #
    Laura @FoodSnobSTL — September 10, 2012 @ 8:04 am

    I think I might be able to make these and fool my husband into a meatless meal. Can’t wait!


  16. #
    Sally @ Spontaneous Hausfrau — September 10, 2012 @ 8:05 am

    I’m dying just thinking about all the different textures in this burger. And I have everything for it, so I could be looking at today’s lunch!


  17. #
    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat — September 10, 2012 @ 8:11 am

    Oooooh my, I want these NOW! Ok, well maybe for dinner tonight. Haven’t had sweet potatoes in ages and that needs to change!


  18. #
    krysten @ mrs. schwartz's kitchen — September 10, 2012 @ 8:20 am

    That sweet potato picture…amazeballs.


  19. #
    Kare @ Kitchen Treaty — September 10, 2012 @ 8:24 am

    Yum, yum, yum. As a vegetarian you’d think I would’ve tried all sorts of veggie patty recipes by now. Instead I am a professional tester of the Boca, Gardenburger, Morningstar, etc. etc. varieties via my grocer’s freezer. By the way, for a super quick eat, the Masala veggie burgers that Trader Joe’s carries are top notch (and vegan)!

    For some reason I find the idea of making them intimidating, though. I need to remedy that … starting with sweet potatoes sounds like a win to me!


    • Jessica — September 10th, 2012 @ 9:36 am

      I do like the masala ones from TJs!


  20. #
    Maryea @ Happy Healthy Mama — September 10, 2012 @ 8:35 am

    You had me at smoky. No more explanations needed.


  21. #
    Brittany from CountingMyCupcakes — September 10, 2012 @ 8:35 am

    You are a genius. Enough said.


  22. #
    Katie — September 10, 2012 @ 9:15 am

    Alright, I’m starting to maybe think about begin getting excited for fall. These helped. Thanks.


  23. #
    Cate — September 10, 2012 @ 9:25 am

    Yum! I cannot wait to make these! I wonder how they would be with black beans…


    • Jessica — September 10th, 2012 @ 9:35 am

      I think great!


  24. #
    Raechel — September 10, 2012 @ 9:27 am

    These look amazing. And even though I’m sure my boyfriend will go crazy for these, he will still make it a side dish. He’s a bodybuilder and eats eggs and chicken for breakfast lol. And randomly, a bakery over by my house makes cupcakes with the blueberry yogurt pretzels. Just to give you another way to use those yummy pretzels :) plus I’d love a recipe lol… thanks!


    • Jessica — September 10th, 2012 @ 9:35 am

      Oh man… don’t tempt me.


  25. #
    Deborah — September 10, 2012 @ 9:47 am

    I seriously love all of these flavors – need to try them!!


  26. #
    Stacy — September 10, 2012 @ 10:02 am

    Do not. Repeat. Do NOT roast 2 pounds of garlic in one run. Did that last weekend. Gotta have garlic, right?!? Roasted Garlic Asiago Artisan bread here we come! So, had a big bag from Sam’s & a 48 cup cupcake pan. Put ’em together and you have a house REEKING with garlic. The dog whimpered at the outside door. Thank goodness Mother Nature was kind…all the windows were opened and blasted the whole house fan to draw out. Oh, but the flavor!


    • Jessica — September 10th, 2012 @ 10:03 am

      2 pounds?! OMG.


  27. #
    Liz — September 10, 2012 @ 10:09 am

    Lord, have mercy. Love the steam coming from the sweet potatoes!


  28. #
    bridget {bake at 350} — September 10, 2012 @ 10:13 am

    A. I love this post. Thank you for not making me feel like a sloth for taking a nap yesterday and NOT cleaning the bathrooms. Yay for lazy weekends!

    B. These burgers!!! Jessica! I love EVERY.THING.ABOUT.THEM. Everything.

    C. I think that’s all I had to say, but I just felt like there should be a “C.” :)


  29. #
    natalie — September 10, 2012 @ 10:30 am

    not every day that a veggie burger can make my mouth water but SWEET BABY JESUS… that looks positively delightful. I don’t think there is a chance in heck that the BF would take more than a single bite, but I’m not going to be able to stop thinking about these until I make them…

    It rained in intermittent sprinkles here over the weekend and I seized that opportunity to stay in the same sweatpants a tee for two days straight, thought briefly about mopping the floors or cleaning out my closet, but I had way too many episodes of Kardashians to catch up on so… yeah, I feel ya …


  30. #
    Tara — September 10, 2012 @ 10:37 am

    Yum!!! These look and sound amazing…I must try soon!! :)


  31. #
    Tracey — September 10, 2012 @ 10:40 am

    Haha, sounds totally like my weekend. A huge to-do list and all we did was watch tv and hang out. I did manage to make dinner one night, but I so would rather have had these burgers. They sound amazing!!


  32. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — September 10, 2012 @ 10:41 am

    I love the steam shot coming off that sweet potato – mmmm, that just screams fall comfort food right there and what a great veggie-burger!


  33. #
    Amy's Cooking Adventures — September 10, 2012 @ 10:47 am

    This looks Ah-Mazing!!!


  34. #
    Kerry — September 10, 2012 @ 10:48 am

    Thank you for the little paragraph about all of the things you, “never have time for” because I seriously could have written that word for word. I never seem to get any of those little tasks done unless it’s midnight, and I just woke up from sleeping on the couch and should really just go straight to bed, but it seems like a good time to get things done. What? No it isn’t, I need to go bed at midnight so I can get up at 5:30am when my daugther says, “Mommy, Mommy? Where are you!” in her adorable little not quite 2 year old voice. Anway, thanks for the great recipe – can’t wait to try it!!


  35. #
    Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel — September 10, 2012 @ 11:05 am

    Um. This may be the best burger I’ve ever seen–no joke. Though this wouldn’t fly at my house (no one else but me likes sweet potatoes; they’re aliens, obvi), I could easily eat all of them anyways for lunch. I mean, it’s a sweet potato BURGER. How cool is that!?


  36. #
    allie@sweetpotatobites — September 10, 2012 @ 11:05 am

    yum! anything with sweet potato is a win in my book. and of course topping it with avocado makes it that much better.


  37. #
    what katie's baking — September 10, 2012 @ 11:15 am

    i’ve been eyeing these on pinterest for a while… but yours are literally making my mouth water. i’m making these ASAP!


  38. #
    Morgan @ moments of mmm — September 10, 2012 @ 11:19 am

    So creative Jessica! To be a fly in your brain for just one day! :) Or not because that is really weird and brains freak me out. But really, you’re genius!


  39. #
    Lauren E. — September 10, 2012 @ 11:43 am

    I was JUST about to be so jealous that your man will call this dinner, until I got to the end of the post… and realized your man is just like mine. “No chicken?” he asks when I present gorgeous veg pasta. Ah well. Men.


  40. #
    Holiday Baker Man — September 10, 2012 @ 11:46 am

    We just started to incorporate sweet potatoes into our menu. I will definitely have these on the menu.


  41. #
    Michael Kane — September 10, 2012 @ 11:52 am

    ThiS looks WAY better than last week’s recipes. Excited to try this one out.


  42. #
    sara — September 10, 2012 @ 11:54 am

    YUM, these burgers look AMAZING! I’m not a huge fan of bean-based veggie burgers, and this one made with sweet potatoes just looks fantastic. I need to make these! :)


  43. #
    Nicole — September 10, 2012 @ 11:59 am

    Omg i love love LOVE blueberry yogurt-covered pretzels! I didn’t think anything could compare to chocolate-covered, but when I went to the campus convenience and they were all out of chocolate, I had to settle. I then proceeded to spend the rest of my dining plan on (and the rest of my semester eating) blueberry-covered pretzels. Good times. Anyway, this sounds delicious! Can’t wait to have a kitchen again. And I love the picture of the steaming sweet potatoes..I can never seem to catch the steam with my camera.


  44. #
    Iris — September 10, 2012 @ 12:17 pm

    Drool, that looks so good. A veggie burger I can actually get down with.


  45. #
    Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) — September 10, 2012 @ 12:28 pm

    These look so good! I laughed hysterically at your description of microwaved pizza. Spot on! The top is so gummy and hard, but somehow I always end up figuring out a way to digest it.

    Lately though, I’ve reheated pizza by putting it in a skillet over medium heat. Unfortunately, it requires a bit more energy than the microwave…but it re-crisps it up really well and avoids the whole turning on the oven thing, which is just WAY too much of a (time) commitment for leftover pizza. It’s the best of both worlds!


  46. #
    Jessica — September 10, 2012 @ 12:36 pm

    Hi there, love the recipes and the blog! I have a random question about your camera….because the pics are amazing and I want to get a nice Nikon…but I’m wonder how often you use it to take pictures of people vs. just food? I’d like to get something that’s versatile.


    • Jessica — September 10th, 2012 @ 12:38 pm

      It’s definitely great for taking pictures of people (I say that because my wedding photographer recommended it to me, and he only takes pics of people) and when I use it for that, they look incredible. However I don’t do it much because I don’t really love photography and having the camera strapped to me is such a pain. I tend to use my iPhone more. When I have kids, I’m sure it will be a different story.


  47. #
    Sam — September 10, 2012 @ 12:53 pm

    Wow this sounds delicious… I love the idea of sweet potato burgers (especially since I don’t eat red meat myself).
    Thanks for sharing this recipe! I hope when I try it mine end up looking half as good as your photos!


  48. #
    Greg Givan — September 10, 2012 @ 1:10 pm

    Wonder if these patties would hold up on the grill


  49. #
    Meghan — September 10, 2012 @ 1:19 pm

    These look awesome! And you’re life sounds just like mine haha…I had to laugh.


  50. #
    sally @ sallys baking addiction — September 10, 2012 @ 2:19 pm

    b;lueberry yogurt pretzels! Sweet potato burgers! I have never been more convinced that I need to live near you to enjoy all of these yummy treats. I have got to try sweet potato burgers sometime. NEVER thought to make them until today Jessica! PS: I have those neon straws! Love!


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