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. #
    Anna — September 19, 2012 @ 3:10 pm

    I’ve been eating these all week and my obsession is not showing any signs of weakening. Delicious. Now to figure out how many more things I can put this garlic cream on.


  2. #
    Christiana — September 24, 2012 @ 10:28 pm

    These are amazing!!! Do you happen to have the nutrition information on them? All I’m really curious about is how many calories are in one “burger.” Thanks for the great recipe!


  3. #
    Lindsey — September 25, 2012 @ 9:15 am

    I made these burgers last night, modified with black beans instead of cannelini because I had them, and they were DELICIOUS! Thank you for the amazing recipe!


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    Maddy — September 27, 2012 @ 11:37 am

    I cook for one, so I made the batch of patty mixture and kept it in the fridge, making burgers as I wanted to eat them through the week. Since it sat in the fridge it was pretty easy to work with, not too wet or gloppy. Simply delicious.


  5. #
    Tracy a — September 29, 2012 @ 5:18 pm

    I’ve never read your blog before I found this post pinned. YOU ARE HILARIOUS! Thanks for making your boring weekend so much fun for the rest of us to read!


  6. #
    Shen — October 5, 2012 @ 1:17 am

    I used fitness pal to calculate the nutritional info and without the bread bun it is as follows per serving which looks like 4: 411 cal. 18g fat. 280mg sodium. 12g sugar. Im looking forward to making it! (In the options i choose all purpose flour and greek yogurt)


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    Jade — October 5, 2012 @ 10:10 pm

    These are so yummy! My 11 month old polished an entire burger to himself! I will be making these again. The sauce is great for everything! Thank you.


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    Jessica — October 8, 2012 @ 2:15 pm

    I made this for lunch today & I had to write you a comment! This was the best veggie burger I have ever eaten! I did not have maple syrup so the “garlic cream” did not taste quite right. Instead I used Mayo and added some onion powder to make it onion mayo. It was absolutely fabulous! Thank you so much! This will be a recipe I use often! So good!! :)


  9. #
    Alex — October 12, 2012 @ 12:45 am

    HOLY CATS THESE WERE SO GOOD. Thankyouthankyouthankyou.


  10. #
    tanya1234 — October 12, 2012 @ 2:00 pm

    thankxxxxxxxxxxxxx :)


  11. #
    Joana — October 13, 2012 @ 4:31 pm

    Looks so good! I looked over the ingredient list and I have all the ingredients at home…so that means I will be making this for lunch tomorrow!


  12. #
    Erin — October 15, 2012 @ 7:34 pm

    Made these tonight – freakin’ fantastic! I’m a sweet potato addict, and knew I’d love these burgers. The garlic cream is SO good! And I’ve got lots of the patty mix leftover for dinners this week :)


  13. #
    nero — October 17, 2012 @ 3:49 pm

    That looks CRAZY GOOD!!! May have to share this on my blog!! Thanks for posting!!


  14. #
    Julie — October 17, 2012 @ 10:59 pm

    I have made these twice in the last three weeks. They are awesome! Both times I made them with dark red kidney beans (what I had on-hand) and doubled the panko in place of adding the flour. I also added some curry powder to the cream sauce for a twist (as though it needed a twist).

    Thanks again for the great recipe (upon many great recipes)!


  15. #
    Stacy Galvan — October 19, 2012 @ 2:50 pm

    Lol you are so funny! I thoroughly enjoyed reading this! Especially the parts about only having time for the couch and your hubby dredging hisforkfuls through ketchep, that’s my life too. I try to feed the hubby something healthy and he goes and pours a gallon of ranch over it or stuffs his face with half a loaf of bread while he waits for dinner. *sigh* But anyways, we are egg free due to allergies so I’m not sure this will work for us :'(


    • Penny Parsnip — February 12th, 2013 @ 10:37 pm

      I’ve not tried this recipe yet, but I’m vegan and I have had very good luck subbing cooked oatmeal for eggs in veggie burger recipes. 1/4 c cooked brown rice works too. You could also try a “flax egg”, which is a Tbls of ground flax seed mixed with a 3-4 Tbls warm water. Let it sit for about 10 mins to gel up. Or, truthfully, you might be able to leave the egg out altogether. If there are a lot of other sticky ingredients, sometimes you don’t need it.


  16. #
    Sarah — November 5, 2012 @ 12:23 am

    When I reheat pizza, I just put it in the oven (right on the rack, I like it crispy and I hate washing dishes), then heat to 350. Then when the oven beeps, it’s done. I hate microwaved pizza, with it’s soggy crust and it’s cold center and lava edges. This way tastes like I just made/bought it :) Just a tip, from a fellow laze-about.


  17. #
    Erin — November 20, 2012 @ 11:51 pm

    When shaping the patties how thick or thin should they be?


  18. #
    Dawn — December 6, 2012 @ 3:50 pm

    Really good. I didn’t have time to roast garlic, so I mashed a chipotle pepper and mixed with mayo and yogurt for the sauce (a dip that I use with sweet potato fries) and they were awesome. Left off the bun and ground my own oats for the flour. Just as good the second day, heated in a toaster oven. Will definitely make again. Thanks for the recipe.


  19. #
    Jo Romero — December 7, 2012 @ 1:08 am

    My children are only just getting around to liking sweet potatoes – but the only way they like them so far is cut into wedges and baked until they’re crispy. These burgers are a great idea and I know they will love them. Thanks for sharing – your photos are gorgeous too!


  20. #
    jessica — December 16, 2012 @ 3:47 pm

    wow, these are amazing! i love the addition of avocado. it seals the deal for me!


  21. #
    lisa @ early morning run — December 21, 2012 @ 11:06 pm

    Oh my lord. These look amazing. I love all things sweet potatoes but have never had a sweet potato burger so definitely making it soon!


  22. #
    Nasyitah — December 27, 2012 @ 5:25 am

    Hi Jessica,

    Happy holidays!

    Just wanted to say that am really glad that I chanced upon a pin of yours that led me to this post and your quirky blog :) I enjoyed reading your posts and drooling over the yummy-looking photographs. Looking forward to reading more from you!

    Would love for you to visit my blog and tell me what you think of it too:

    Nasyitah the novice blogger a.k.a. The Domestic Goddess Wannabe


  23. #
    Annette — January 15, 2013 @ 1:08 pm

    These were DELISH! I made them this morning. My new years resolution is to eat less meat, and hopefully by the end of the year I can be completely meat-free! This recipe was fantastic! Only thing different I did was add about 1/2 tsp of cinnamon to the mixture. I can’t wait to make some for my husband tonight.


  24. #
    Tricia — January 16, 2013 @ 9:16 am

    oh my sweetness. Where have you been all my life?!? I would’ve started eating healthier years AGO with these recipes! (PLUS your hilarious) I’ve just started a whole foods lifestyle (“diet” makes it sound stupid) and your recipes are making this transition so much easier!! Keep these awesome (whole-foods friendly) recipes coming!!


  25. #
    Amanda — January 17, 2013 @ 8:34 pm

    Hilarious read before the recipe! I’ll definitely try this one!


  26. #
    Amanda — January 18, 2013 @ 10:51 pm

    Wow! These are amazing! I didn’t have the right kind of beans but used chick peas since I had a can. Also, didn’t even try the roasted garlic part of the sauce because I didn’t have enough. I just threw a squeeze of syrup into plain greek yogurt and this sandwich was amazing! Thanks!


  27. #
    Lisa — January 24, 2013 @ 9:36 am

    what a frigging hilarious post!
    : O

    the recipe is SO GOOD. thank you! i am frying up batch no. 2 as i type. will make this again and again and aGAIN.


  28. #
    Amisy Food Machine — January 29, 2013 @ 3:25 am

    How sweet it is! It looks so amazing! I like your recipe and thanks for your sharing!


  29. #
    Trina — February 2, 2013 @ 10:53 am

    I may try this with chick peas, as I often have them in the house. Unfortunately, no one else in the house likes sweet potatoes. Hmph. But I’ll make ’em anyway.


  30. #
    Nadine Osborne — February 6, 2013 @ 9:32 pm

    I made these today, they are wonderful. My 15 year old granddaughter ate them from the skillet as I fried them. I did not make the sauce yet, but I’m going to. Thank you for sharing.


  31. #
    Sarah — February 13, 2013 @ 9:15 pm

    This was a very unique and tasty dish. Thank you for sharing. :)


  32. #
    Michelle — February 13, 2013 @ 11:49 pm

    I loved these!! My sister, who isn’t as versed in veggie burgers, felt the texture was odd…..if I make them for her again, I may add some quinoa or something TBD, for additional texture. The sauce is out of this world!! Instead of sliced avocados on top, I mixed half an avocado in with the sauce – I tasted it before and after, I thought it was better after. Thanks for the awesome recipe!


  33. #
    Mallory — February 17, 2013 @ 11:04 pm

    I laughed out loud several times reading this (can totally relate to the “lists” in my purse & the laundry that sits so long it needs to go back in the washer) and I have to say, I’m really glad I’m not the only one whose husband insists on eating a kid diet and smothering deliciousness in ketchup – and that it hasn’t stopped you from making things that you actually want to eat. i love my husband, but i do not love eating his favorite foods! :) can’t wait to try these sweet little babies


  34. #
    Lila — February 20, 2013 @ 10:17 pm

    Where i live, maple syrup is rare to find. (South America) what could be used as a substitute? Honey o molasses?


  35. #
    Pauline — February 22, 2013 @ 6:44 pm

    How many carbs in something like this? It must be very high–not so good for the diabetic.


  36. #
    Jen — February 23, 2013 @ 4:04 pm

    I’ve eaten a lot of veggie burgers, but never one with sweet potato. Definitely making these!


  37. #
    Katie — February 26, 2013 @ 11:58 am

    Oh my living wonder bread.


  38. #
    Andrew — February 27, 2013 @ 8:47 pm

    Microwaving sweet potatoes for 10 mins doesn’t do anything except make the very ends soft. You either have a loose interpretation of what “large” means or you have a crazy powerful microwave. I ended up boiling them instead.


  39. #
    kim — March 16, 2013 @ 8:56 pm

    I seem to be the only one, but I was not thrilled with these. Maybe I didn’t cook them long enough or maybe it’s because this was my first veggie burger,but I definitely didn’t like the texture. The cream is good (used garlic powder) but I wouldn’t waste my sweet potatoes on these again.


  40. #
    Emy — March 20, 2013 @ 10:27 am

    Im not one to post comments, but i have to tell you that these were AMAZING! And so easy!! I didnt even make the garlic cream sauce, I just sprinkled some crispy bacon and caramelized onions over the patty and ate with a fork! Boyfriend raved! I love the use of the cannelini beans, they are so yummy and give a thick creamy texture. And smoked paprika is my fav. Can not say enough good things about the recipe. Thanks so much for sharing!


    • AugustaPat — March 27th, 2013 @ 9:41 am

      I am thrilled that you posted this recipe. I saw it on another site, and it was not clear. It stated that you microwave the potatoes for 10 minutes (5 minutes per side)(; then it stated to bake them for 45 minutes in the oven. It did not make sense that you would bake a sweet potato that long, but the way the directions were written, I couldn’t figure out what the recipe meant.

      My son is a vegetarian and really likes a good veggie burger. I will be visiting him over the weekend and e-mailed the recipe to see what he thought about it. He likes the sound of it but had one question: “Does the syrup make it taste sweet?” He wasn’t sure how he would like a “sweet” veggie burger. My thinking is that one teaspoon of maple syrup shouldn’t. However, how does it taste/work in the burgers.

      Again, thanks for posting we will make them this weekend.


      • Jessica — March 27th, 2013 @ 1:08 pm

        I personally don’t think they are sweet at all, aside from the normal sweet potato flavor.

  41. #
    sarah — April 2, 2013 @ 5:15 pm

    I really want to make these, but my husband is allergic to beans! Can anyone recommend a substitution for the beans??


  42. #
    Mary Bell Dent — April 7, 2013 @ 2:54 pm

    Okay- trying these tonight, but more importantly- every word of this is my life and i laughed so hard at every sentence! Excited to try these ‘burgers’ but even more excited to know that I’m not the only one who finds it a neusence to fold the laundry thats sitting right in front of me on the floor- no no, cant be bothered I’m busy forming the couch to my butt. Thanks in advance for this yummy recepie!


  43. #
    ATasteOfMadness — April 12, 2013 @ 3:41 pm

    These look fabulous! I will be craving these burgers all day!


  44. #
    Lacy — April 12, 2013 @ 7:41 pm

    Made these tonight. SO good! Thanks!


  45. #
    Fitness — April 16, 2013 @ 2:56 pm

    the ammount of bad blogs around these days but this is not one of them good job.


  46. #
    Lisa — April 22, 2013 @ 11:10 pm

    has any one tied freezing these? They sound amazing.!


  47. #
    Angela — April 23, 2013 @ 5:07 pm

    Late to the game as I just found these via Pinterest last week, but I wanted to let you know how amazing these are and to say thank you for sharing!! I had only one sweet potato on hand as well as some leftover roasted butternut squash, so I did a 50/50 mix for my burgers. Super tasty; I’ll make again for sure!


  48. #
    Trish — April 25, 2013 @ 9:51 pm

    What do you mean by garlic (squeezed out)?


  49. #
    RG — April 27, 2013 @ 11:55 am

    I made this last night and it was perfect, easy, and delish! I highly recommend you try this recipe. The garlic sauce was too little so i would double everything as you want extra sauce, it is that yummy!


  50. #
    Laura F. — April 27, 2013 @ 7:32 pm

    This recipe popped up on Pinterest last week and I had to give it a try. My husband and I just finished devouring almost all four burgers (he’s still working on one) and we are both crazy about these. They are so, so freakin’ good. I used black beans, b/c it’s what I had, and skipped the roasted garlic and used some from one of those squeezy bottles you can keep in the fridge. No avocado b/c I made guacamole the other day and didn’t feel like buying another. BUT REGARDLESS, these damn burgers rocked my mouth all over the place. Thanks for creating such a delicious and original recipe.



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