Sweet Potato Quinoa Black Bean Burgers with Cranberries

Hi Friends!

Hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving weekend! We’re skipping Bean Bytes today because quite honestly, I didn’t do a whole lot of blog reading. I did some skimming, but I focused most of my attention on food, family and fun :)

Try these Sweet Potato Quinoa Black Bean Burgers next time you need a quick dinner. They're gluten-free and vegan and the tart cranberries perfectly compliment the sweet potatoes!

But have no fear, I have a great recipe to share with you guys today! We’re kicking off the Elf for Health challenge today and I couldn’t be more excited! We had over 700 people sign up!!!!! That’s amazing!! I’m so excited that so many of you are ready to stay healthy and active through the holidays. The first challenge is to go meatless for the day! So I’ve got a delicious veggie burger to share with you!

If you don’t already know, sweet potatoes and cranberries are one of the best combinations ever. So are sweet potatoes and black beans…put all three together and you’ve got me hooked! I make a lot of veggie burgers and through a lot of trial and error, I’ve found that quinoa really seems to help my burgers stick together! Plus it’s another protein source and I like to pack as many of those into my burgers as possible! I’ve also found that chickpea flour helps things stick together (like my sweet potato falafel!) I used both in these burgers.

Serves 6

Sweet Potato Quinoa Black Bean Burgers with Cranberries

These gluten-free, vegan burgers are so delicious, they'll please even the most avid meatatarians. And with all the healthy fats and vitamins they provide, what's not to love?

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Sweet Potato Quinoa Black Bean Burgers with Cranberries


1 medium sweet potato
2 c black beans, cooked
1/2 c onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 an avocado
1 c quinoa, cooked
1/2 c fresh cranberries, roughly chopped
1/4 c chickpea flour
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp paprika


  1. Stab the sweet potato all over with a fork and microwave on high for 5 minutes.
  2. Scoop the flesh into a small bowl.
  3. Add 1 cup of black beans and avocado and mash well.
  4. Add the remaining ingredients and use your hands mix until well combined.
  5. Form into six patties.
  6. Bake at 400 degrees for 18 minutes, flipping once.

These burgers are gluten-free AND vegan.

If you don’t have chickpea flour, you could try grinding up some oats in the food processor to make oat flour.

Try these Sweet Potato Quinoa Black Bean Burgers next time you need a quick dinner. They're gluten-free and vegan and the tart cranberries perfectly compliment the sweet potatoes!

If you’re not vegan, i’d highly recommend topping these with goat cheese.
Or any cheese for that matter :)



About Lindsay

Lindsay Livingston is a Registered Dietitian and new mom from Columbus, Ohio. On her blog, she shares simple, healthy recipes, nutrition tips, workouts and snapshots of her life. Follow her on Twitter @LeanGrnBeanBlog and Instagram @TheLeanGreenBean and be sure to subscribe via RSS or email so you never miss a post!


  1. Omg these burgers sound like heaven! I’m always looking for new burger recipes, thanks so much! I plan on making these for Josh and I with goat cheese on top like you recommended! Everything is better with cheese! ūüėÄ
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  2. Yum! I’m planning to make some curried sweet potato and black bean burritos tomorrow for the challenge but these look mighty delicious too :)
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  3. YUMMY!! These looks delicious and super easy. Think that I can sub quinoa flour instead of chickpea? I’m allergic – isn’t that terrible? I used to love eating chickpeas.
    Christine @ Love, Life, Surf recently posted..Scenes from my weekend: Disney and Thanksgiving

  4. yum! those look delicious, and easy to make.
    Honestly, sweet potatoes and cranberries is one of the best combos ever. I look forward to it every thanksgiving. Why I don’t do it more than that is beyond me. That’ll have to change
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  5. LOVE the oats grinding tip!!
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  6. All of my favorite things! Pinned and on the meal plan for next week!
    Angela @ Happy Fit Mama recently posted..Holiday Fitness Wish List

  7. Oh my goodness these look fabulous! Loving #elf4heath already! I’ve got a veggie burger packed for lunch :-)
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  8. Oh my gosh, yum!! I definitely want to try these!

  9. Goat cheese? Why YES, that’s a wonderful idea! Too bad Nick hates it. Such a shame.
    Your burger sounds amazing Lindsay!! Who would have thought to put cranberries in a veggie burger?!
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  10. I want to try and make these! i’ve never put sweet potatoes in my burgers before!
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  11. These look delish!
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  12. Goat cheese on top is a definite yes. These look so delish! I don’t have regular cranberries but I bet dried would work fine :) Can’t wait to make these babies! Now for those lentil banana muffins!
    Alexis @ Hummusapien recently posted..Black Lentil Vegetable Soup

  13. I love all the colors in these! You should call them party burgers. Lol!

    Chickpea flour is a great binder ingredient. I use it in my Chick-less nuggets for that reason.
    Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table recently posted..My Vegan Friendsgiving

  14. THANK YOU for giving me a dinner plan for tonight! I have all the ingredients nd cannot wait to make these up. Love it… wahhhhoooooo!
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  15. pinned this to make later, but it made me hungry right now so time for lunch!
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  16. WOW. These look incredible. I can not wait to try these!
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  17. I make a very similar burger, but have never added cranberries…that souns amazing! Thanks!
    Sharla recently posted..ThanksLiving

  18. I don’t know why I never considered making my own veggie burgers before! I always would just go to the store and get the frozen Morning Star ones or something. Add slices of avocado and cheese, and I’m in!
    Molly @ Just Your Average Athlete recently posted..Exercising when sick: Is it a good move?

  19. HOLY CATS YUM! The avocado on top looks amazing.
    Sylvie @ StruggleswithaFatAss recently posted..Elf for Health: Meatless Monday

  20. These look perfect! I always need recipes to use up my leftover cranberries. I never know how to use fresh cranberries!
    Brittany @ Delights and Delectables recently posted..MIMM #26 Thanksgiving Edition

  21. I love the combination of sweet potato and black beans too! I haven’t tried cranberries in the mix but I believe that it’d be delicious–definitely going to give these a try sometime soon!
    Danica @ It’s Progression recently posted..let‚Äôs set a good example

  22. At first I thought this combo sounded crazy. Now I think it sounds genius. Love all these ingredients. Wonder if I can convince Peter to give them a try? Hmmm.
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  23. These look incredible! I can’t wait to try. :)
    Angela @ Beauty in Strength recently posted..Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Bars

  24. Sweet potato and quinoa? Yup, sign me up for these!
    Alicia at Poise in Parma recently posted..thoughts on turkey trots and turkey tadasanas

  25. CANNOT wait to try to make these. I’m wondering if I can secretly get my boyfriend, who only eats junk food and is super fit (must be nice!) to eat these and actually like them. I’ll take that as a challenge next week :)

  26. These look awesome! I’ve just started venturing into the world of making my own veggie burgers, excited to try one with sweet potatoes!
    Emily @ More Than Just Dessert recently posted..Scenes from Turkey Day and Black Friday….aka the Hunger Games

  27. Those look incredible! I just made a similar chickpea-sweet potato burger that was delicious. I’ll have to make these! Thank you also for your sweet words today, Lindsay. :)
    Laura @ Mommy Run Fast recently posted..“A little bit sad and a little bit happy” 5k Recap

  28. can you freeze these? would you after you bake them or before?? thanks! they look amazing and i have all of the ingredients!

  29. These sound delicious! I love trying new veggie burgers and this one has so many of my favorite ingredients! Thanks for sharing. :-)
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  30. I absolutely love this recipe! I’m not a big meat eater so anything vegetarian that doesn’t contain tofu all the time is great:) this is on my to do list! Thanks
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  31. These are in my oven now and they smell soooo good!
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  32. Slannage Family says:

    I made these today and they are delicious.

  33. Slannage Family says:

    I made them again but this time I took the ingredients and made stuffed red peppers. Just as good and easier to freeze.

  34. Do you mix the avocado into the mix? Or use it on top of the burger?

  35. What kind of toppings did ppl put on this? Would ketchup be a weird combo?

    • i like to top with salsa, avocado and cheese but that’s just personal preference. i think ketchup would be great. i love it on my sweet potato fries so i think it’d be good on a sweet potato burger

  36. These look so yummy! I was going to make these for my vegetarian meal prep this week, but then I kind of got side tracked and it turned into a totally new recipe: Sweet Potato Quinoa Lentil Muffins. The recipe is up on my blog, thought it might interest you. AND I’ll probably be back to make something closer to your recipe soon :)
    Amanda H @eathardworkhard recently posted..Meal Prep Monday: Beyond Soy – More Meatless Options

  37. danielle says:

    Love your recipes, but wish you had a “Print” button!

  38. if you find the recipe under the recipe tab at the top of my page there is a print button!


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