Black Bean Sweet Potato Burgers

These black bean sweet potato burgers are full of flavor, easy to make and hold together really well. They’re also vegan and gluten-free!

Sweet potato black bean burger on a bun with avocado, tomato, onion and lettuce.

These burgers are a tasty spin on traditional black bean burgers. They’re made with cooked sweet potatoes, rolled oats and flax so they’re completely gluten-free and vegan, loaded with flavor and hold together well!

Three black bean sweet potato burgers on buns on a wood cutting board. A bowl of ketchup and onions are beside the burgers.

I made these for my dad on Father’s Day and we both LOVED them. The consistency is perfect, and I really like the flavor that the fresh basil and cooked sweet potato added.


Five black bean sweet potato burgers on a baking sheet surrounded by basil leaves.

Ingredients Needed for Sweet Potato Burgers

  • sweet potato
  • black beans
  • onion
  • garlic
  • fresh basil
  • gluten-free rolled oats
  • ground flaxseed
  • chili powder
  • cumin
  • Sriracha
  • sea salt

Five sweet potato black bean burgers stacked.

How to Make Black Bean Veggie Burgers

To make flavorful veggie burgers, it does take a little bit of prep work, but I promise it’s 100% worth it! Start by sautéing the onion and garlic in a skillet until the onions are translucent. Add the onion mixture and basil to a food processor or blender and pulse several times.

If you haven’t already, broil your cubed sweet potato until soft. Add the beans, sweet potato chunks and oats to the processor and pulse another 5-6 times. Make sure you don’t over process – I prefer slightly chunky burgers. The beans should be broken up but there should still be some visible in the burgers.

Transfer the veggie mixture into a large bowl and stir in the flaxseed egg, chili powder, cumin, Sriracha and salt. Form into five patties. If the mixture is too wet, you can add in extra oats.

Cook the patties in a skillet for about 6-7 minutes or bake them for about 25 minutes. Serve on a bun with condiments of your choice!

Three sweet potato black bean burgers on a wood board with the top bun off. Burgers are topped with tomatoes, onion, lettuce and avocado,

What To Serve With Sweet Potato Burgers:

These burgers pair nicely with just any side you could think of. I like pairing them with one of the following sides.

Three black bean sweet potato burgers on a wood cutting board. Burgers are on buns with lettuce, tomato, onion and avocado.

More Sweet Potato Recipes You’ll Love:

If you make these black bean sweet potato burgers, be sure to leave a comment and star rating below letting me know how they turned out. Your feedback is super helpful for the EBF team and other EBF readers!


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Three black bean sweet potato burgers on buns on a wood cutting board. A bowl of ketchup and onions are beside the burgers.

Black Bean and Sweet Potato Burger

  • Author: Brittany Mullins
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 5
  • Diet: Vegetarian


A tasty spin on regular black bean burgers. This version is made with sweet potatoes, oats and flax so they’re gluten-free and vegan. They’re loaded with flavor and hold together well!


  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil
  • 15 ounce can of black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 sweet potato, chopped into 1/2 inch pieces and boiled for 78 minutes until soft
  • 1/2 cup gluten-free rolled oats
  • 2 1/2 Tablespoons ground flax mixed with 3 Tablespoons water (or 1 egg)
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • sriracha sauce, to taste
  • sea salt, to taste
  • whole grain burger buns


  1. Heat a skillet with non-stick spray. Once warm, add the onion and garlic to the skillet and cook until onions are translucent and start to brown a bit. Put the cooked onion mixture into a food processor or blender. Add the basil and pulse several times. Add the beans, sweet potato cubes and oats to the processor and pulse five or six times. Don’t over process, as you want your bean burgers to be a little chunky. The beans should be broken up but there should still be some visible in the burgers.
  2. Transfer the veggie and bean mixture into large bowl and stir in the flax egg, chili powder, cumin, sriracha and salt. Form into five patties. (If the mixture is too wet to work with at this point add extra oats).
  3. In the same skillet, heat on medium, spray non-stick spray and add the patties, cook each side until browned, about 6-7 minutes total OR you can bake them on 375° for about 25 minutes, flipping once.
  4. Put the burgers on a bun and serve with condiments of your choice. I used spicy mustard, onions, lettuce, and ketchup.
  • Category: Lunch/Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 patty (no bun)
  • Calories: 168
  • Sugar: 2g
  • Sodium: 795mg
  • Fat: 2g
  • Saturated Fat: 0g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 1g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 29g
  • Fiber: 8g
  • Protein: 10g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg

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Recipe rating

    1. Danielle Guzman
      January 10, 2021 AT 9:50 pm

      DELICIOUS! Simple to make, cooked in a pan on high heat to get a nice crisp on the outside and it went so well with the softer texture inside. The spices in the recipe gives it such great flavor. My favorite veggie burger!!! So glad I have 4 more to enjoy. Thank you!!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 10, 2021 AT 11:40 pm

        I’m so glad you loved these, Danielle!! I so appreciate you coming back to leave a review. <3

    2. Samantha
      July 26, 2020 AT 11:35 am

      Hello there! Are these burgers soft or kind of crunchy? The only other black bean burgers I have tried aren’t soft but they didn’t have sweet potato or oats and I was wondering if that made the consistency a little different? I’m going to try them anyway, I was just curious.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        July 27, 2020 AT 9:39 pm

        Hey Samantha – They aren’t crunchy, but are also not too soft. They hold together really well and I love the texture. 🙂 Let me know what you think if you try these!

    3. Counselorchick
      April 29, 2020 AT 12:36 pm

      These are truly delicious & worth the work. I substituted nutritional yeast for the oats since I did not have any oats. Delicious!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 30, 2020 AT 12:59 am

        Yay! I’m so glad you enjoyed these black bean sweet potato burgers and I’m glad they turned out for you without the oats. Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a comment and star rating. I so appreciate it!

    4. Jessica Cecilia
      December 14, 2019 AT 5:20 am

      thank you for sharing this recipe. This recipe really help me and now my mother try to make this food with your recipe. Can you share another recipe?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 15, 2019 AT 3:03 pm

        Hey Jessica – I have tons of recipes on the website, is there a specific recipe you’re looking for? I’m so glad to hear that you and your mother have enjoyed this burger recipe. Thanks so much for coming back to comment and star rating, I so appreciate it!

    5. Lisa Hensley
      February 3, 2019 AT 7:59 pm

      OMG!!!!! Deeeeeelush!

    6. Samantha L
      November 8, 2018 AT 5:41 pm

      Do you peel the sweet potatoes or leave unpeeled?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        November 9, 2018 AT 8:41 am

        Hi Samantha. Good question. I usually peel them. I’ll add that to the recipe.

    7. Paulina
      July 10, 2018 AT 12:22 pm

      Can you freeze these?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        July 10, 2018 AT 4:38 pm

        Yes. I would cook them, let them cool and then freeze that way you can just thaw and reheat them when you’re ready to eat.

    8. Aisling
      January 3, 2018 AT 6:05 pm

      Made this today. Nicest vegi burger ever. tremendous.

    9. Kylie
      May 29, 2017 AT 12:42 pm

      Wow – these are the best veggie burgers ever! Even my non veggie burger loving husband said they were great and would have them again. Thanks for the awesome recipe!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        May 29, 2017 AT 9:43 pm

        Yay! I love that Kylie. So glad you both loved these. 🙂

    10. Elyse
      May 4, 2017 AT 5:42 pm

      Made these last night, they were amazing! Has anyone tried freezing them? I would love to keep some on hand for quick meals!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        May 5, 2017 AT 2:41 pm

        So glad you liked the burgers, Elyse. You can definitely freeze them to keep on hand for quick meals. I like cooking them, letting them cool and then freezing.

    11. Annie
      March 6, 2017 AT 12:15 am

      Absolutely great! I didn’t use the food processor in steps, just threw everything in and turned it on low until everything was combined. Honestly a little sticky doesn’t make much of a difference. I added about 1tbs of whole wheat flour to the initial recipe (could have added oats but didn’t want to blend it too much more). With a bit of olive oil in a non-stick pan, I was able to form 5 balls and drop them directly onto the pan, which caused them to flatten out a bit, and they cooked beautifully! No need to add anything extra. Thanks for a great Sunday dinner! Served with thick sweet potato wedges and salsa 🙂

    12. Hannah
      January 9, 2017 AT 8:51 pm

      This recipe is driving me crazy. I haven’t tried it yet, but I’ve had to add over three cups of oats so far and its still very sticky. I”m having to add more spices to keep it from being bland from the oats

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 9, 2017 AT 9:14 pm

        I’m so sorry you’re having trouble, Hannah. You definitely shouldn’t need 3 cups of oats. Was your sweet potato extra large? I’m wondering if that is making the mixture extra moist?

    13. Christine
      February 13, 2012 AT 8:08 pm

      The black bean burgers are so yummy! My carnivore hubby said they were great and he is full! Amazing! Thank you!

    14. adriana
      October 10, 2010 AT 2:20 am

      The black bean/sweet potato burgers were phenomenal!! I used half of this recipe, half of your other ones (added in the egg again) and re-glutenized it by adding about 1/4 cup whole wheat flour instead of adding too many more breadcrumbs. We also added a bit of garam masala (1 teaspoon or so?) to the burgers to Indianify them a bit.

      Out of six, I only had one, because the boyfriend ate the other five. Next time – doubling the recipe! Or hiding some burgers. Not sure which.

      1. Eating Bird Food
        October 10, 2010 AT 7:59 am

        So happy that you liked the burgers Adriana! Too funny about your bf, next time I suggest making the double batch. 😉

    15. Bonnie @ Salad Craze
      September 29, 2010 AT 9:00 am

      I tried your recipe for Sweet Potato and Black Bean burgers and loved it! I used regular white potatoes that I needed to use up and they were great. I linked back to your recipe on my blog. Thanks for the recipe!

      1. Eating Bird Food
        October 10, 2010 AT 7:57 am

        Thanks for trying the recipe Bonnie! I’m glad you like them.

    16. Lisa @ Early Morning Run
      August 10, 2010 AT 7:22 pm

      I have to try the black bean & sweet potato burgers. They sound delicious!

    17. Penny
      June 29, 2010 AT 1:51 pm

      The black bean and sweet potato burgers were absolutely delicious! I did, however, add another ingredient, which were called Chunky Chickpeas from the brand called Tastybite. The chickpeas are already seasoned, which added a unique and tasty flavor to the burger. I will definitely be making these very often this summer!

    18. Anne @ the doctor takes a wife
      June 28, 2010 AT 4:17 pm

      The burger looks delicious, I can’t wait to try it!!

    19. JL Goes Vegan
      June 28, 2010 AT 9:05 am

      Oh that burger!!! I’m definitely going to try that this week — I have everything on hand! May try it on the grill….

    20. katie
      June 27, 2010 AT 11:37 pm

      WOW what a delish burger girl!! that sounds awesome! you are a great daughter btw 🙂 love you!

    21. Heather (Perspective Is Everything)
      June 27, 2010 AT 8:33 pm

      that burger looks PERFECT! i will have to make that very soon.
      what have i been up to? spent the weekend in milwaukee at 2 Milwaukee Brewer games and dined at the Comet Cafe, which was on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives 🙂

    22. rebekah (clarity in creation.)
      June 27, 2010 AT 8:27 pm

      so good to see your beautiful face today, girl.

      thank you so much for listening so patiently. you are a sweetheart, for sure! really enjoyed our lunch – can’t wait to hang again soon. maybe when isaac settles back in we can have a house-warming date 🙂

      ps – i think the best GF cereal is enjoy life’s nutty flax. like rice krispies, but WAY more nutritious. and crunchier too!

    23. Justine
      June 27, 2010 AT 4:22 pm

      That was so sweet of you to cook for your Dad!

      What a wonderful idea for WF to have that garden! I hope they can do something like that when they are done building our store. 🙂

      1. Eating Bird Food
        June 27, 2010 AT 5:58 pm

        ohhh.. you’re getting a WF!! How excited are you?

    24. Brynne
      June 27, 2010 AT 3:00 pm

      Those burgers sounds so good – I’ll definitely have to try them soon! And Toy Story 3 was so, so cute, I absolutely loved it.

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