Friday, 27 June 2014

Sweet potato, bean, and roasted quinoa burgers

Hi there! I have a confession to make. I love burgers. A lot. All kinds, varieties, shapes and sizes. I love that first bite of deliciousness and how they always make me feel like summer. It's actually one of the things that I unashamedly look forward to every time I go to the United States - a big, delicious burger. 

The Netherlands just doesn't quite get it and the burgers often consist of the same texture/questionable meats as Frikandels (a favourite deep fried snack around here. Don't ask me what they are made of. It's kind of a mystery meat concoction). 

We often make traditional, meat burgers at home. I love them, but I'm not always in the mood for something so heavy and meaty, especially for lunch. While digging through our pantry and fridge last week, I was delighted to see these ingredients on hand: sweet potatoes, a black bean and kidney bean mixture, and quinoa. Do you see where we're going here? I'll give you a hint:

Quinoa burgers by Welcome to Mommyhood

Healthy, not at all meaty, delicious burgers. Now, it took a bit of lovin' to get these quite right, but they were oh, so worth it. I'll walk you through the process! 

Healthy sweet potato and roasted quinoa burgers

Quinoa burgers by Welcome to Mommyhood


Oh, this is a tough one. It depends on how gigantic you want your patties/burgers to be. We had pretty big ones and ended up with six. You could probably get 8-10 from this batch just as easily.

Quinoa burgers by Welcome to Mommyhood

Kitchen Tools

  • Blender 
  • A spatula 
  • Non stick frying pan (you really need to have a good one for this recipe or a lot of oil) 
  • A large bowl

Quinoa burgers by Welcome to Mommyhood


  • 1/4 cup quinoa (I used a mix, but it's better not to. It's just that quinoa is still a really tough to find product in my neck of the woods)
  • 1 sweet potato (cooked) 
  • 2 cups cooked black beans (I used a mixture of black and kidney beans) 
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 of a leek (finely chopped) 
  • 1/4 cup kale (finely/thinly chopped) 
  • 1 thumb sized piece of ginger (grated) 
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 tablespoon coconut oil for frying
  • 1/2 a lime
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional: 1/4 teaspoon chili flakes

Quinoa burgers by Welcome to Mommyhood


  • Wash and peel the sweet potato. Cook it based on personal preference. I steamed, but oven roasting would add an extra dimension
  • Pan fry the quinoa on a low heat with no oil for about five minutes, making sure to mix often. Do not overcook. Seriously. Batch number 1 ended up in the rubbish bin and I was very sad. 
  • You'll hear some popping sounds! That's great! The quinoa is almost ready, give it a stir and wait for the five minutes to be up! 
  • So once, you have pan fried your quinoa and you didn't burn it, let it cool for a few minutes. At this point, it will be slightly browned.

Quinoa burgers by Welcome to Mommyhood (roasting quinoa to make flour)

  • Add quinoa to blender and mix it on a high speed until it becomes a powder. I left a few whole pieces because that's what I felt like. Viola! You just made roasted quinoa flour! Or at least that's how I make it...
  • Mash sweet potato and beans together in a large bowl
  • Add the vegetables, quinoa flour, seasonings, and eggs
  • Give it a light mix, making sure not to overmix
  • Form into a  patty/burger shape
  • Pan fry on a medium/low heat with 1/2 a tablespoon of coconut oil
  • Flip when the sides start to brown which should happen after about five to eight minutes  (I find with these types of special patties/burgers, they are quite finicky. Be careful not to flip too soon.) 
  • Fry on the second side for an additional five to eight minutes or until the other side has also browned
  • Serve with a squeeze of lime juice and a side of potato salad and enjoy!

Quinoa burgers by Welcome to Mommyhood


  • Have you ever tried an 'untraditional' or veggie burger? 
  • What's your favourite kind of burger? 
For more healthy recipes, be sure to stop by my Healthy Recipes page! For some (p)inspiration, visit my Healthy Recipes board on pinterest.

Today, I am linking up at Savoring Saturdays hosted by Raia over at Raia's Recipes and Eva at Whole Food Mom on a Budget

Thanks for stopping by!