Black Bean Burgers and Sweet Potato Frites

by on April 16, 2011

The weather is warming up here in Richmond and besides the fact that my car is colored yellow from the pollen, I am pumped about it! I can’t wait for cook-outs, fresh berries, sweet juicy tomatoes, warm nights on the porch, long walks and everything else that comes along with summer.

One thing that always reminds me of summer is burgers. Even though it’s not summer yet, we played pretend last night and made black bean burgers and sweet potato frites, which is probably one of my favorite meals.

I used my traditional black bean burger recipe with a few modifications, but totally changed things up with the sweet potatoes.


The biggest change with the black bean burgers is that I left out the egg. Eggs are typically used as a binder in bean burgers but these burgers held together quite nicely without it. <– Perfect for all my vegan readers. :)

Black Bean Burger Remix

Print Recipe


  • 1/2 medium red onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup carrots, grated
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley
  • 2 cups cooked black beans
  • 1 T dijon mustard
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 t chili powder
  • 1 t garlic powder
  • 1 t onion powder
  • 1/2 t sea salt
  • 1/2 t ground pepper


  1. Heat a skillet on medium heat and coat with non-stick spray. Once warm add the red onion and carrots and sauté for 2 minutes. Stir in the the chili, garlic and onion powder and cook until onions are translucent.
  2. Turn off heat and let the mixture cool then place into a food processor or blender. Add the parsley and pulse several times. Add the beans and pulse five or six times. The beans should be broken up but there should still be some small chunks. Don’t over process, as you want your bean burgers to be a little chunky.
  3. Transfer the veggie and bean mixture into large bowl and stir in the bread crumbs, mustard, salt and pepper.
  4. Form into four patties.
  5. In the same skillet, heat on medium, spray non-stick spray and add the patties, cook each side until browned, about 7-8 minutes total.

And, what’s the difference between fries and frites? The world may never know, but I’m okay with that because I like them both.


The recipe is from a new book I was sent to review, The Eat-Clean Diet Stripped: Peel Off Those Last 10 Pounds by Tosca Reno.


At 52, Tosca (who once weighed over 205 lbs) is a huge inspiration. If she can look that good in her 50′s she must be doing something right! :) I may not have 10 lbs to lose, but I have several of Tosca Reno’s books so I was excited to see what was new in this one. Most of content is similar to what is in her previous books however there are a few new things that looked interesting to me:

  • New meal plans and training plans that guarantee results (I’m going to try out the gym weight training routine this morning!)
  • Detox solutions (i.e. how to deal with the symptoms that crop up when you cut out the junk)
  • Tips for conquering your cravings
  • Over 50 brand new Eat Clean Diet recipes

One of the new recipes that caught my eye was Veggie Frites, a roasted veggie recipe that allows you to use the veggies you have on hand to create frites. I only had sweet potatoes last night but you could use asparagus, carrots, broccoli, parsnip or onions. And, if you love crispy sweet potato fries, you’ll love these. They have a rich, flavorful coating, making them a fun change from the plain jane sweet tater fries that I normally make.

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Sweet Potato Frites

Serves 2 / Adapted from Eat Your Veggie Frites in The Eat-Clean Diet Stripped



  • 3/4 cup brown rice cereal
  • 1/8 cup oat bran
  • 1/8 cup cashews
  • 1/8 t sea salt
  • 1/2 t onion powder
  • 1/8 t garlic powder
  • 1/8 t celery seeds
  • 1/8 t sweet paprika
  • 1/8 t chili powder
  • ground black pepper, to taste

Egg Wash:

  • 1 egg whites
  • 1/4 cup water


  • 2 cups sweet potatoes, peeled, cut in half lengthwise and sliced into 1/4-inch pieces
  • cooking spray


  1. Preheat over to 400°. In a food processor or chopper, combine all coating ingredients and pulse until finely ground. Pour into a bowl and set aside.
  2. In another bowl, whisk egg white and water until frothy and set aside.
  3. Spray a backing sheet with cooking spray. Dip sweet potatoes into egg white mixture, let excess drip off and place in coating mixture, flipping until each piece is completely covered. Shake off excess coating and place veggies on baking sheet. Spray lightly with cooking spray.
  4. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until golden brown and tender.

So there you have it, a summer classic inspired by Tosca!

Oh yes and I also wanted to show off the new table cloth I found at Target.


We’ve had a deep red one on since the holidays so it felt nice to brighten things up.

Time to go enjoy this lovely Saturday. Apparently we’re supposed to get a terrible storm so it’s probably going to be an indoors kind of day. Hopefully yours will be sunnier than mine. :)

{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

The Teenage Taste April 16, 2011 at 8:03 am

Looks like a delicious meal! Burgers and fries are my favorite meal to healthify! There are so many different burger recipes out there so it never gets boring. I think I might give yours a try soon! Yum! :-)


Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit April 16, 2011 at 8:15 am

Yum! Those fries look delicious and the table cloth, great find!!


Nicole @ Making Good Choices April 16, 2011 at 8:32 am

I have a couple of Tosca’s books and I really like them. I hope you blog about the weight training plan after you do it!

Those sweet potato fries look delicious!


sarah (sarah learns) April 16, 2011 at 8:41 am

oh i love your new tablecloth!!! so bright & summery!


Jess @JessCantCook April 16, 2011 at 9:41 am

Those sweet potatoes look SO good! And can’t wait to hear about the weight training, I need to get into a new routine too.


Kim April 16, 2011 at 9:52 am

Those sweet potato frites look amazing, I’m definitely going to try it. Black bean burgers + sweet potato fries are my summer cookout staple while everyone else indulges in their greasy beef burgers.

Loving that new tablecloth – Dwell Studio is the best!


Steph @ A Life Without Ice Cream April 16, 2011 at 10:01 am

Those look so good! I’ve been on the lookout for a good black bean burger recipe :)


McKella April 16, 2011 at 10:17 am

I might have to get that book just for the recipes. Asparagus fries, huh? Hmmm….


Melissa @ TryingToHeal April 16, 2011 at 10:30 am

oh, those burgers looks delicious! Especially with those fries! i love the ingredients for the outside of it!


Cait @ Beyond Bananas April 16, 2011 at 10:43 am

Sign me up for those sweet potato frites.. I love anything sweet potato!


lynn @ the actor's diet April 16, 2011 at 11:51 am

great recipes and great tablecloth! target can do no wrong.


Abby April 16, 2011 at 12:23 pm

I love that tablecloth! :) So cute!


BroccoliHut April 17, 2011 at 8:22 am

Those fries look awesome! I am a big fan of Tosca’s cookbooks–they embody so many of my own principles when it comes to eating. Can’t wait to try out her new recipes!


AG April 17, 2011 at 4:48 pm

Has the yoga for scoliosis dvd been working?


Sarah April 17, 2011 at 4:50 pm

Please forgive my previous comment. I read the post on my iphone and did not see the link. Reading now :)


Kira April 18, 2011 at 7:55 pm

This looks delish! Love the tablecloth too, Target is the best. I also like the table, where is it from? I’d like to look for a new one soon.


Eating Bird Food April 18, 2011 at 8:02 pm

Thanks! The table is from World Market!


suzy pepper April 19, 2011 at 3:37 pm

“Frites” is just the French word for fries! I don’t think there is a difference at all.


Amanda April 22, 2011 at 7:02 pm

My burgers are waiting in the fridge while I prep my sweet taters… as soon as my honey arrives from out of state, we’ll be sharing this meal. Thanks for the tip!


Eating Bird Food April 22, 2011 at 11:09 pm

Enjoy Amanda!!


katherine d. February 2, 2012 at 11:57 am

thanks for keeping us vegans in mind :) love the recipe!


skinnysimplerecipes June 9, 2012 at 12:02 am

I love Tosca’s recipes. Thanks for sharing.


Lindsay August 12, 2012 at 10:12 pm

LOVE the burger recipe :) Make it all the time!


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