Thursday, August 27, 2015

Sweet Potato Veggie Burger

We both loved this burger and will be making it again soon.  I recommend adding a bit of ground flax seed or more flour to the mixture to made it a bit firmer.  Delish!

Sweet Potato Veggie Burger
Healthy Happy Vegan Kitchen CB by Kathy Patalsky

1           medium sweet potato
1 & 1/3 cups drained and rinsed canned cannellini beans
2-3        tablespoons oat or wheat flour
1            tablespoon tahini or nut butter, softened
1            teaspoon grade B maple syrup
1/4         teaspoon garlic powder or spice blend (like Cajun, lemon pepper, or other)
              Sea Salt
              Pinch of ground black pepper
              Pinch of cayenne
1            tablespoon nutritional yeast, plus more as needed (optional)
1/2 -1    teaspoon additional spice of your choice
1-3        teaspoons oil of choice
1/2        cup panko bread crumbs (optional)

Toppings of your choice

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  Poke a few holes in the potato using a fork.  Bake the sweet potato until stick-sweet and super tender, about 1 hour.  Remove the skin and place the flesh in a large bowl.

Add the drained beans to the bowl and using a fork, mash the beans with the potato.

Mash in the flour, tahini, maple syrup, and all the spices and seasonings, adding the optional seasonings as desired.  The mixture will be quite soft and moist, but you should be able to form it into a patty.  ***I added some ground flaxseeds and a few spoonfuls of flour to firm up the mixture a bit.   Cover and refrigerate until the mixture firms up enough to be easily handled, 15-20 minutes.
 In a sauté pan, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil over high heat.  Form the potato-bean mixture into 5 patties and coat them on all sides in the panko, if desired.  Make sure the panko coating is thick.  Place the patties in the hot pan, working in batches if needed, and cook until browned, 2-3 minutes on each side.   (Alternatively, fry the patties in an oven-safe skillet until browned, then place the skillet directly in preheated 350 oven to bake for about 10 minutes.  It firms up the patty just a bit more.  ****I didn’t do this but will next time.

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