Recipe Challenge: Sweet Potato, Black Bean & Quinoa Burgers


I go through phases with my cravings and right now, it’s all about veggie burgers!

Last week, when I saw Laura was having the exact same craving, I told her that we needed to challenge ourselves to make some of the veggie burger recipes we have pinned to our Pinterest boards rather than rely on restaurants and frozen veggie burger patties to satisfy our cravings.

What started as a comment on her blog post turned into us creating this fun Recipe Challenge blog series where we will challenge ourselves to try a new recipe and then share our results with our readers.

First up in our Recipe Challenge: Sweet Potato, Black Bean & Quinoa Burgers.

recipe challenge: veggie burgers

Laura and I both fall into the habit of eating and preparing the same meals every week and I have a feeling, most of you do too.

I think we all have the tendency to pin lots of inspirational recipes yet never actually do anything with the recipes other than talk about how we want to make what we pinned on Pinterest.

All talk, no cooking.

Laura and I agreed that there are many benefits to varying our diets and both feel that the accountability of challenging ourselves to make a new recipe each week will help us to actually do so and hopefully, motivate you as well.

For our first Recipe Challenge, we chose this sweet potato, black bean and quinoa burger recipe which I have had pinned to my veggie burger board on Pinterest for way too long.

We both wanted to try a new veggie burger recipe that used quinoa. We also thought it would be awesome if we tried the same recipe so that we can compare our results plus give you insight as to how the recipe worked for each of us.

Recipe Challenge: Sweet Potato Black Bean & Quinoa Burgers

I chose this specific sweet potato, black bean & quinoa burger recipe because the main ingredients were minimal, familiar and items I typically have on hand.

  • Black Beans
  • Quinoa – easy to prepare and great for adding to other dishes throughout the week
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Chopped onion
  • Garlic
  • Some spices

I don’t like veggie burgers with added fillers like flour. This recipe did call for 1/4 cup of flour but I replaced it with two tablespoons of coconut flour and found it worked really well. Next time I make this recipe, I would even try replacing the flour with nutritional yeast.


I found this recipe very easy to prepare. You can easily cook your quinoa and sweet potatoes ahead of time and then quickly combine them when you are ready to make the burgers.

I didn’t add the jalapeno pepper listed in the recipe and failed to pay enough attention to see that I was supposed to refrigerate the burgers before cooking them (oops!) but it didn’t seem to affect my outcome.

The burger patties flipped without issue and got nice and crispy on the outside, just how I like it.

The recipe said it would yield four total patties. I came out with five good-sized patties even though I used less of each ingredient so I really don’t know what happened.

I used two large but not that large sweet potatoes, half a can of black beans and less than a cup of quinoa (I didn’t measure it).

I did not make the avocado spread or the slaw that is listed in the recipe but maybe next time.


I really liked the burger! I served it on a toasted Ezekiel roll with tomato slices, pickles, onion rings and avocado.

Recipe Challenge: Sweet Potato, Black Bean & Quinoa Burgers

I found it flavorful and slightly dense with only a little bit of mush in the center of the burger, but not much. The longer you cook the burgers in the oven, the firmer and slightly drier in texture they become and the crisper the outside will get.

I was extremely satisfied with this meal, not uncomfortably full but definitely done with dinner. Sometimes, as a meatless eater, we can feel full but not satisfied. Not the case with this meal! It was perfect.

I am thrilled to have the extra veggie burger patties now frozen in my freezer for a night when a veggie burger craving hits.

I can honestly say that starting this Recipe Challenge with Laura has made me excited to cook again and interested in trying new recipes. Read Laura’s Recipe Challenge Review here.

We hope this challenge encourages you to try a new recipe, vary your diet and step out of your cooking comfort zone!

Up next in our Recipe Challenge:

Another type of veggie burger using different ingredients. Laura was thinking about a recipe that incorporates lentils and/or brown rice and I would like to see one that uses more veggies since we refer to the burgers as veggie burgers. 🙂

We shall see what we come up with next week. Have a great weekend!

Recipe Challenge! Veggie Burgers #recipes #veggieburger #plantbased #vegetarian #dinner @thisrunrecipes #inthekitchen #fitfluential Click To Tweet

Did we inspire you to try a new recipe?

What type of recipes would you like to see us try in our recipe challenge?

Would you be interested in joining our challenge, trying a recipe and then sharing your thoughts?

Follow on Bloglovin


  1. says

    I’m the same way -I have so many recipes pinned to my “to try” board but then never get around to it and constantly just make eggs, fish/chicken and potatoes/quinoa, or other simple meals. Maybe when I have a bigger kitchen than in my little apartment!

    • says

      I am so happy we started this challenge because I was in such a rut of never making anything new. I think we all fall into our patterns regardless of our kitchen. Even when I had a giant kitchen, I made the same things all of the time! Although it helps to have more space to work with on the counters for sure.

  2. says

    I love this idea of trying recipes! I always find myself pinning new recipes, but never seem to actually make them which is pretty silly. I just went to the most amazing vegan and gluten free restaurant yesterday and got one of their veggies burgers. It was house made, so crunchy and flavorful! I’m definitely craving more veggie burgers now, so I may have to try this recipe out.

    Meah recently posted…#1 SUMMER TREND: Halter Tops And How to Wear ThemMy Profile