Black Bean Burgers and Sweet Potato Fries

Everyone loves a good burger.  There is a small chain restaurant here that among their various quality beef and turkey burgers, offers a black bean burger.  It cannot be mistaken for a regular meat burger.  The texture is different and classic mustard and ketchup do not complement it.  Cheese is also a questionable companion.  The burger patty is instead spiced with classic Mexican spices and gives a slight squish when you bite into it.  It’s paired with a garlic mayo that accents the spicy patty.

Unfortunately, the restaurant’s black bean burger is a bit dry and could use a little more spicy flair.  After searching through various websites and recipes for black bean burgers I decided to try my own.   This patty packs a punch with layers of spicy and smoky flavors.  Instead of garlic mayo I lighten the dressing and serve it with a smoky lime yogurt sauce that brings a slight tang to the burger, cutting into the spicy chili powder and smoky cumin.  Do not mistake this for one of those frozen veggie patties.  You would be sorely missing out.

This burger is only made better when served with baked sweet potato fries.  The sweetness of the fries with the savory, spicy burger is a perfect weeknight meal.  It may not be a classic burger and fries, but the flavors will not disappoint you.  Also, your body will rejoice that you’ve found a healthy burger and fries to serve up.

Black Bean Burgers

1 (16 oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed
½ bell pepper, wedged
½ onion, wedged
3 cloves garlic
1 egg
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon paprika
½ teaspoon hot sauce
½ cup bread crumbs
½ cup oatmeal

In the bowl of a food processor add the black beans, bell pepper, onion, and garlic.  Process into a puree.  Add the chili powder, cumin, paprika, hot sauce and egg and pulse until combined.  Add the bread crumbs and oatmeal and pulse until combined.  Divide the mixture into 4-6 patties and grill over med-high heat, 8 minutes per side.  Garnish with tomato, lettuce and smoky yogurt lime sauce.  Serve with sweet potato fries to combat the spicy burger.

Smoky Yogurt Lime Sauce

2 tablespoons plain yogurt
1 teaspoon lime juice (half a lime)
⅛ teaspoon paprika
½ teaspoon cilantro

Combine ingredients in a small bowl.

Baked Sweet Potato Fries

2 medium sweet potatoes
3 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon kosher salt
½ teaspoon pepper
2 teaspoons dried rosemary

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  Scrub and dry the sweet potatoes.  Cut the sweet potato into long sticks and place on a baking sheet.  Drizzle olive oil over the sweet potatoes.  Sprinkle salt, pepper and rosemary on the sweet potatoes and toss everything together to coat the sweet potatoes.  Spread sweet potatoes out on the baking sheet into an even layer.  Place baking sheet in the oven for 20 minutes.  Remove baking sheet and flip over sweet potatoes then return the baking sheet to the oven for another 10 minutes.  Remove from oven and enjoy.  Serve them with any extra smoky lime yogurt sauce.


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