Smokey Sweet Potato Burgers with Roasted Garlic Cream and Avocado

We were really tired of the same old thing, so I decided it was time to try the Smokey Sweet Potato Burgers with Roasted Garlic sauce that I had pinned. The recipe seemed a little complicated but nothing I couldn’t handle.

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Recipe courtesy of howsweeteats.com

Yield: 4 burgers

Prep Time: 45 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes

Ingredients:

2 cups coarsely mashed sweet potatoes (or yams), about 2 large potatoes
2 bulbs of roasted garlic
1 cup cannellini benas (rinsed and drained if canned)
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/3 cup panko bread crumbs
1/3 cup oat flour (or all-purpose, wheat, etc)
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 1/2 teaspoons smoked paprika
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/8 teaspoon cumin
2-3 tablespoons olive oil
1 avocado, sliced
2/3 cup plain greek yogurt or sour cream
1 teaspoon maple syrup
extra salt and pepper for seasoning yogurt/cream

4 whole wheat buns

Ingredients for Smokey Sweet Potato Burgers

Ingredients for Smokey Sweet Potato Burger with Roasted Garlic Cream and Avocado.

Directions:

To roast garlic, see this tutorial. I like to roast a few bulbs at once (like 4-5) to have for the week.

Pierce potatoes (I used 2 large) all over with a fork and place on a paper towel, setting in the microwave. Microwave for 5 minutes, then flip and cook for 5 minutes more. Remove, slice in half and let cool until you can scoop out the flesh.

Mash Beans for Sweet Potato Burgers

In a large bowl, mash bean with a fork. 

Add in Sweet Potato

Add in sweet potato (scraped from the skin)

In a large bowl, coarsely mash beans with a fork. Add in sweet potato and mash together, then add in spices, salt and pepper, minced garlic, egg, panko and flour. Mix together until combined, then place bowl in the fridge for 15-20 minutes. This helps form them into patties, but as a warning they are still somewhat messy.

Add in sweet potato ingredients

After Sweet potato and beans are mashed together, add in spices, salt and pepper, minced garlic, egg, panko and flour. Mix together thoroughly.

While mixture is chilling, combine yogurt/sour cream with 2 bulbs (squeezed out) of roasted garlic cloves, maple syrup and a sprinkle of salt and pepper in a blender or food processor. Process until smooth then set aside until ready to use.

Combine Sweet Potato Ingredients.

While mixture is chilling, combine yogurt/sour cream with 2 bulbs (squeezed out) of roasted garlic cloves, maple syrup and a sprinkle of salt and pepper in a blender or food processor.

Mic garlic mixture until smooth

Mix in food processor until smooth.

Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add 2 tablespoons olive oil. Remove mixture from fridge and form into 4 equal patties, then place in the skillet once hot. Since the mixture can be wet and messy, do not move until they are fully cooked and golden on one side! This takes about 5-6 minutes. Then, add more oil if needed (this really helps cook them) and flip burgers very gently. Cook for another 5-6 minutes. Toast buns if desired.

Make 4 sweet potatos

Split mix into 4 sweet potatoes and heat in a large skillet until golden on one side, then flip.

 

Assemble by topping burgers with roasted garlic cream and avocado!

Assembled Smokey sweet potato with roasted garlic and avocado.

 

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Grade: Cost: Time:

B

We already had the ingredients, but probably under $10 if you have all the spices.

Around an hour (I was a bit slow, so it took longer)
Level of Difficulty:
Medium
What I Would Change:
it said to make 4 patties out of the mixture. I wish I had made 6. The patties were huge. They didn’t crisp up enough and tasted more like eating mush. They’re very filling, but should be thinner and cooked til they are crispy. Also, moderate how much sauce you use. The garlic can become overpowering.
Overall Impression:
We enjoyed them. If they were smaller we would have enjoyed them more. We also just used already chopped garlic rather than roasting our own bulbs. This may have affected the recipe a bit. They definitely need to be combined with the avocado to break up the garlic. With the time and effort we put into them, I think we’ll just stick to normal burgers from now on, but these are good for if you want something different. I put some French’s onion on mine, which gave me the crisp I was looking for.

Note: I’d just like to say that I had a very difficult time trying to figure out what to pair this with. Corn on the cob may be your best option for the summer. I found myself craving crunchy thing with it (like some tortilla or potato chips).

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