Even if you’re a meat eater, it’s time to add some more veggie burgers to your life. With all those vegetables and whole grains, they’re full of nutrient-rich ingredients—and is there any better way to get your daily dose of vitamins and minerals than in burger form? I don’t think so!
Take these Sweet Potato Burgers. There’s the sweet potato, which is a great source of beta-carotene, potassium, and fiber. Millet is high in magnesium, making it a heart-healthy grain, and phosphorus, which plays a role in tissue repair. Turmeric helps give these burgers a beautiful golden color and an anti-inflammatory boost. And then there’s the avocado sauce—those healthy fats keep your skin glowing and young!
The other thing to love about veggie burgers is that they’re a champ when it comes to make-ahead meals. Once you’ve baked them, they’ll last in the fridge for about a week and a month or two in the freezer.
To reheat them, put them in the oven at 350ºF until they’re warmed through or heat them up in a skillet on the stovetop. (Your microwave will work too in a pinch, but they’ll be a bit soft.) If you don’t have buns, they’re perfect on a bed of fresh greens or rolled up into a whole grain tortilla.
Photos and recipe by Ana Stanciu
Sweet Potato Burgers with Avocado-Lime Sauce
Yield 4 -6 burgers
These nutrient-packed burgers are great for make-ahead meals.
￼￼For the burger patties:
- 1 medium roasted sweet potato, peeled and mashed
- 1 cup cooked millet
- 1 egg, whisked
- 1 small onion, finely diced
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
- 1 teaspoon curry paste
- 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
- A pinch of sea salt
For the Avocado-Lime Sauce:
- 1 ripe avocado
- Juice of 2 limes
- 1 teaspoon tahini
- Sprouted grain buns, sliced red onion, mixed greens, seeds (sunflower, chia, or pumpkin)
- Preheat oven to 350ºF. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Place all of the ingredients for the patties in a large bowl and stir to combine.
- Use your hands to shape the burger mixture into patties and place them on the baking sheet.
- Bake for 15 minutes on one side, carefully flip the patties over, and bake them for 15 more minutes, or until lightly browned.
- While the burgers are baking, prepare the avocado sauce. Place all of the ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth. Set aside.
- Assemble the burgers; place the patties on the buns, drizzle with avocado sauce, and top with onion slices, greens, and sprinkle with seeds.