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. #
    Katie — September 10, 2012 @ 2:59 pm

    Just mixed these up (lentils instead of beans) and I have the garlic roasting in the oven now……just curious, do I leave the garlic whole when I put them in the burgers?


    • Jessica — September 10th, 2012 @ 3:22 pm

      The garlic goes into the sauce – not into the burger (tho I’m sure that would be really good too) and I whipped mine all together in the food processor. If you don’t want to do that, I’d probably mash it really well with a fork.


      • Katie — September 10th, 2012 @ 5:26 pm

        Oh darn! It’s in the recipe above with garlic in the burger, add it with spices….hmmm maybe I”ll try it! :) Thanks for the info!

        • Jessica — September 10th, 2012 @ 5:28 pm

          Oh so sorry – you are right that is confusing – the garlic in the recipe is for the minced cloves. The roasted garlic goes into the sauce. I’ll fix it so it makes sense!

      • Katie — September 10th, 2012 @ 9:37 pm

        I ended up adding half of the roasted garlic to the burger, and I added flax….that was the only change! :) I almost skipped out on the yogurt spread, but I’m SO glad I didn’t – this came out great! I can’t wait to have it with avocado tomorrow, it wasn’t ripe enough today. Thanks for another great recipe! :)

        • Jessica — September 10th, 2012 @ 9:45 pm

          Oh yay! So glad you liked it.

      • jan — February 24th, 2013 @ 9:01 am

        can you freeze these before frying off stage and use later?

  2. #
    Tracy {Pale Yellow} — September 10, 2012 @ 3:32 pm

    These burgers sounds so easy and delicious! I’m excited to make them for dinner one night soon!


  3. #
    vicki — September 10, 2012 @ 3:58 pm

    Good honk woman….that is A-MAZING!!!! I too live with a man that cannot or will not (not sure which) appreciate the amazing things that i can do with vegetables.


  4. #
    JulieD — September 10, 2012 @ 4:12 pm

    Wow, this looks amazing!! I have never had a sweet potato burger before and now I want one!! or two!!


  5. #
    joelle (on a pink typewriter) — September 10, 2012 @ 4:21 pm

    UM, aaaaaaaamazing. I’ll eat sweet potato anything, really.


  6. #
    Rachel — September 10, 2012 @ 4:56 pm

    Your honesty is refreshing. I’m glad to know I’m not the only one with a pile of laundry in my living room! Hey, since you brought up the pregnancy thing… I’ve been thinking about how things will go for you if/when you get pregnant. Normally, I love your blog and drool over the delicious food you photograph but when I was in the first trimester of this pregnancy, I couldn’t even visit your blog without gagging. Don’t get me wrong! Your blog was as wonderful as ever, but I just couldn’t stand the thought of most foods. It made me wonder how you will manage to keep up with cooking and photographing once you are in your first weeks of pregnancy. Maybe you should build up a reserve of recipes now so that when you are in that phase of life, you can just click publish without looking at any of the pictures or thinking about food. Ha ha.


  7. #
    Jenna@LittleKitchenBigFlavors — September 10, 2012 @ 5:35 pm

    I am definitely that person always complaining about how much I have to do, but then just seem to forget all of those things when Satursday rolls around. Funny how that happens, right?

    I am all over these sweet potato burgers!


  8. #
    Katie @ Blonde Ambition — September 10, 2012 @ 5:36 pm

    I love experimenting with bean/veggie burger patties! I’ve never had a sweet potato burger though. This sounds good :)


  9. #
    Kerri — September 10, 2012 @ 5:58 pm

    These look yummy and I can’t wait to try them. You had me at ‘roasted garlic cream’.

    I have the solution to your pizza reheating problem. Don’t put it in the microwave OR the oven. Seriously.

    Put your slices in a non-stick skillet (don’t spray it or anything) and put the lid on it and put it over low-med heat. Give it some time. The crust will get nice and crispy on the bottom and the lid will create enough heat to melt the cheese and reheat the toppings. It is THE BEST way to reheat pizza. I swear!!! Please try! :)


  10. #
    Madeleine @ Teenie Baker — September 10, 2012 @ 6:30 pm

    Yum! I looove sweet potatoes, what a perfect vegetarian burger recipe!


  11. #
    Sara N. — September 10, 2012 @ 7:07 pm

    These burgers look awesome! Great idea. I cannot wait to try this:)


  12. #
    Katy — September 10, 2012 @ 8:58 pm

    Another easy way to reheat pizza (because I’m too lazy to get a skillet dirty with the method posted by someone above, haha!) – I put the slices on a microwave-safe plate and cover them with a damp paper towel (get it wet then wring most of the water out) – make sure all the pizza is covered. It’s okay to use more than one paper towel if needed. Then microwave on 30% power for 4-5 minutes. The cheese gets melty again, and the crust reheats almost perfectly thanks to the steam effect – it’s WORLDS better than zapping it on high and drying it out.


  13. #
    Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen — September 10, 2012 @ 9:20 pm

    Whoa. These look awesome! I thought I’d tried every variation of veggie burgers on the planet, but haven’t had a sweet potato one!

    By the way – the next time you’re reheating pizza, try heating it in a frying pan instead of the microwave! No oven preheat, and the crust gets crispy and delicious :)


  14. #
    Diana — September 10, 2012 @ 10:02 pm

    Oh my! These look and seem tastier than the sweet potato burgers I make!! Can’t wait to try them!


  15. #
    The Meaning of Me — September 10, 2012 @ 10:03 pm

    This AND the double-bean burgers I just clicked on are going on my non-burger burger list. Always looking for different ones to try. LOVE these. Oh, and my Hub will not eat them with avocado…he’ll use ketchup. I understand. :)


  16. #
    Liz @ Tip Top Shape — September 10, 2012 @ 11:10 pm

    Oh man, I want on of these right now!! Looks amazing!


  17. #
    dervla @ The Curator — September 10, 2012 @ 11:51 pm

    oh wow, i’ve been craving sweet potatoes in all forms lately – this looks heavenly


  18. #
    Megs — September 11, 2012 @ 12:15 am

    We had an eerily similar weekend. Lots of laying around and poorly reheated leftovers.

    Smoky Sweet Potato Burgers intrigue me. Must try!


  19. #
    Delishhh — September 11, 2012 @ 12:15 am

    Oh my, this is my kind of food, i put yogurt and avocado on burgers all the time sooo good.


  20. #
    Vera Zecevic – Cupcakes Garden — September 11, 2012 @ 2:32 am

    Why do you always publish post like this one when I’m thinking about diet! It is mean from you :).


  21. #
    A Quarter of — September 11, 2012 @ 6:26 am

    Wow – that food looks amazing! Am such a fan of sweet potatoes and am imagining that with avocado is a match made in heaven!


  22. #
    Diane, A Broad — September 11, 2012 @ 6:28 am

    That sounds delicious, and my gentleman would do the same thing — it’s not dinner without a protein to him!


  23. #
    Lisa — September 11, 2012 @ 6:34 am

    Jess-I’ll organize for you if you’ll cook for me
    Sorry, I get the better end of that deal!


  24. #
    Jen @ Savory Simple — September 11, 2012 @ 7:37 am

    I’m intrigued! I tried making sweet potato/white bean burgers a few weeks ago and they were complete mush when I tried to eat them. How did you find the consistency?


    • Jessica — September 11th, 2012 @ 8:42 am

      They are def soft – I think all burgers with potatoes are – but as long as you cook the outsides until they are crispy and golden, they are sturdy and crisp on the outside and still somewhat soft on the inside. But this is why I like to top them with lots of textures – I think it helps the mushiness!


  25. #
    Jennifer — September 11, 2012 @ 9:17 am

    I printed the recipe. I’m so excited to try these!


  26. #
    idiosyncratic eye — September 11, 2012 @ 10:04 am

    Hmm, that sounds like my to do list! :)


  27. #
    Arthur in the Garden! — September 11, 2012 @ 10:56 am

    They look good. I often make a black bean burger or a lentils. And now I will try this recipe!


  28. #
    Alyse — September 11, 2012 @ 11:18 am

    Your burgers sound delicious, but this is a tip for reheating pizza. Place pizza in a skillet, cover with lid and reheat on the stove. Use medium to medium high heat. The crust will be crisp, the cheese melted and the toppings warm. Since trying this, I never reheat in the micro.


  29. #
    Loretta E. — September 11, 2012 @ 1:08 pm

    Wow, that looks amazing! I guess I’m lucky when my hubby would actually eat something like this. He’d enjoy it too!


  30. #
    Colette — September 11, 2012 @ 1:20 pm

    Love sweet taters! Gorgeous pics, the steam looks beautiful!


  31. #
    Ruthy — September 11, 2012 @ 4:52 pm

    Lol loved every second of this post because it sounds creepily like my life right now. I never have tiiiiiiiiime to clean but oh! I miraculously have four and a .half hours for pinterest. Never fails. Also – dying avocados. Love it.


  32. #
    Lacey — September 11, 2012 @ 7:56 pm

    Hey! Loving this recipie! Quick question… How Lon can everythin keep in the fridge? The sauce? The patty mixture? Thanks!


  33. #
    Jess — September 11, 2012 @ 8:52 pm

    The straws in the background look like a rainbow! Great photography – of what I’m assuming is a great burger!


  34. #
    Gerry @ Foodness Gracious — September 11, 2012 @ 10:19 pm

    I’m really into burgers right now and I wouldn’t have figured sweet potatoes as a base..awesome choice!


  35. #
    Anne — September 12, 2012 @ 6:25 am

    I love your blog! You’re hilarious, and judging from your style, I think we’d probably be friends in real life. And oh yea, your recipes sound delicious! I will be making one of your burgers for dinner next week.


  36. #
    Rachel — September 12, 2012 @ 10:36 am

    Made these last night and they were AMAZING! These “burgers” were full of flavor!


  37. #
    Nadine — September 12, 2012 @ 11:20 am

    I’ve been wanting to institute at least one meatless meal a week and I do believe THIS just might push me over the edge…at least for one week! Pinned this to try next week, hope the hubby likes it too.


  38. #
    Anne Marie — September 12, 2012 @ 9:36 pm

    I am a bit too excited to make these this weekend! My husband and I are newly vegetarian and I am trying to keep our meals as awesome as possible and totally “I don’t even miss the meat!” – like. And these burgers – well they look like they will fit that bill perfectly.


  39. #
    Megan E. — September 12, 2012 @ 11:04 pm

    Hi Jessica! I made these for dinner tonight and they were amazing!! Thanks for the recipe :)


  40. #
    Tami — September 13, 2012 @ 9:34 am

    I just made these last night and they are FANTASTIC! One bite and I was in HEAVEN!!! Plus only one of them filled me up for the whole meal! Nothing else needed and I felt like I was about to burst! Heading over for some more recipes to try – your ideas are so great!


  41. #
    Anna — September 13, 2012 @ 11:49 am

    I’ll be giving these a try….also have a husband not into healthy choices…..


  42. #
    Monique @ Ambitious Kitchen — September 13, 2012 @ 1:30 pm

    Sent this recipe to my Mom, who happens to be a partial vegetarian slash wannabe vegan… anyway, she LOVED them! I plan on making them soon too! xo


  43. #
    Annabel — September 13, 2012 @ 1:57 pm

    Sitting here cracking up about your husband and his affinity for ketchup. My husboyfriend has the same affinity– it’s how he is able to eat things that are “healthy.” He always squirts a giant pool of it onto his plate, leaving about half of it behind.

    In other news, can’t wait to try this recipe tomorrow night. :)


  44. #
    Kat B. — September 13, 2012 @ 9:39 pm

    I printed out the recipe and left it on the counter — my husband made it the next evening, and the recipe is definitely a keeper! Thanks for sharing this great idea!


  45. #
    Javelin Warrior — September 14, 2012 @ 9:32 am

    I’m terrible at mixing drinks and rarely attempt anything more complex than a mojito or rum and coke, but I’d try almost any drink with Malibu ;) Love these burgers, especially the roasted garlic cream. The contrasting colors and textures are amazing… I’m featuring this post in today’s Food Fetish Friday (with a link-back and attribution as always). Thanks for always inspiring me with your creations…


  46. #
    Lauren @TwoVeggies — September 14, 2012 @ 1:24 pm

    I made these last night and they were PHENOMENAL. Thank you so much for sharing, I will *definitely* be making these again.


  47. #
    Debi — September 15, 2012 @ 10:00 am

    I truly enjoyed reading this article this morning, while I lied in bed attempting to get up! I found my self laughing out loud ( my hubby ask from downstairs, what’s so funny), I love your sence of humor, and sadly…can totally relate! What’s the special drink you whipped up, is it on here and I just missed it? Thanks again, I will be trying these burgers this weekend, sounds like a fabulous combo!


  48. #
    A Scalf — September 16, 2012 @ 6:01 pm

    This was absolutely awful. Maybe I have a texture issue I never knew I had. It looked good though.


  49. #
    Kalli — September 16, 2012 @ 7:54 pm

    so I’ve been a vegetarian for almost my whole life and we made these tonight… they were probably the best sweet potato burgers I’ve ever had. Omg.


  50. #
    Leah — September 17, 2012 @ 3:26 pm

    Oh. Emm. Gee.
    I love this recipe.
    (I do cheat on the beans though, I use 3/4 c of whatever dry beans, put em in the crockpot w/4 cups water on high for four hours, bam. Beans. Skip the can.)
    a scant half teaspoon of salt,
    and I throw a whole head of roasted garlic in there.
    Serve with aioli. Mmmm! A definite winner



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