Scrumptious Black Bean, Quinoa, and Sweet Potato Burgers

This month our family set the goal to create a food budget for under $550/month for our family of four. To reach our goal, I have had to get pretty creative with bean and lentil dishes, but have had a lot of fun experimenting and creating inexpensive meals, without compromising nutrition. Because I am both celiac and lactose intolerant, the challenge was thickened, but this scrumptious burger recipe was a hit in the household and was extremely inexpensive to make while still high in protein and complex carbs.. Our sweet little goal had not only made an impact on our wallets, but also consuming less meat has made us all feel lighter and we feel extra good about the positive ecological component that a reduced meat diet has on the planet.


  • 1 large sweet potato (halved length wise)
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil (melted)
  • 1.5 cups cooked quinoa
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 can black beans (drained and rinsed well)
  • 1/2 cup organic corn meal
  • 1 tbsp coconut palm sugar
  • 1 tsp achiote seasoning (I like “Spice Merchant” brand)
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 shallot diced thinly
  • s and p to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. On a cooking sheet, place halved sweet potato flesh side up. Brush with melted coconut oil. Place in oven for about 30 minutes or until flesh become golden, soft, and easy to scrape.
  2. Meanwhile, add water and  1 cup uncooked quinoa to a pot. Bring to boil and cover. Once boil has begun, you can switch to a low simmer until all water is drained and quinoa is cooked. Set aside. (this may make slightly more then required for the recipe, so measure quinoa after cooking)
  3. In large bowl, add drained and rinsed black beans, sweet potato scraped out with skin removed. Mash until sweet potato is soft, but there is still texture to the black beans.
  4. add remaining ingredients, stirring until fully mixed.
  5. Divide mixture into ten balls and flatten into patty on a parchment lined sheet. The patties can be closer together because there won’t be much expansion.
  6. Bake in oven for 15 minutes. Turn patties, and then bake for another 15 minutes.
  7. Enjoy on a bun (or if your like me, then just on its own), topped with avocado, caramelized onion, sauces of choice, etc.


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