Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Pinterest: Approved - Vegan Sweet Potato Burger

Not that I'm a strict vegan, or a vegan at all, or even a vegetarian, but I will gladly eat anything vegan as I have watched one too many vegan/vegetarian agendized documentaries. This one, to be exact, was the one that did it.

This is a story of your typical late-night pin that comes to fruition 6 months later. The original recipe was created by the LunchBoxBunch, and hers looks much better than mine.

Great recipe! Probably not something I'll make very often, as I'm not the biggest sandwich person, but this is a wonderful chicken sandwich substitute. Don't let the "burger" part fool you. Do not expect this to taste anything like a burger (I don't know why you would, but now you've been forewarned). 
- I baked one and I think it turned out better than the ones cooked with oil
- Halving the recipe, I still made 5-6 patties
- I seasoned with a dash of garlic powder, cinnamon, & chili powder

Sweet Potato Veggie Burgers
makes 7-8 large patties

2 cans cannellini white beans, drained
1 large sweet potato, baked/peeled/mashed (about 2 cups)
2 Tbsp tahini
2 tsp maple or agave syrup
1 tsp lemon pepper seasoning OR Cajun seasoning (or another fave spice!)
1/4 cup wheat flour
optional: additional seasoning (whatever you have on hand - I used a few dashes cayenne, black pepper and a scoop of nutritional yeast)
salt to taste if needed

plentiful Panko crumbs
safflower oil for pan

burgers: avocado, Dijon mustard, grain buns, romaine, onion, olive oil, pepper


1. Bake sweet potato. Peel, place in large mixing bowl.
2. Add drained beans to mixing bowl. Mash beans and potato together.
3. Mash in seasoning, flour and any additional seasoning. Your mixture will be quite soft and moist. But you should be able to form a patty. Add more flour or a scoop of breadcrumbs - or dry rice to thicken the mixture if needed.
4. Heat 1 Tbsp safflower oil in a pan over high heat.
5. Form a patty from mixture and coat in Panko crumbs. Thick coating. Then drop the patty in the pan. Repeat until the pan is filled. Cook until browned on both sides. You could also bake. If baking, use less Panko.
6. Transfer cooked patties to paper towel. Cool for a few minutes.
7. Serve on toasted bun with lotsa toppings.

Note: yes this patty does fall kind of apart as you eat it. But that is OK because it tastes yummy. 

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