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Sweet Potato Bean Burgers With Maple Dijon Sauce

There’s no need for dairy-based cheese; the burgers provide enough flavor and texture on their own. Top them with this creamy, dairy-free, maple dijon sauce, and you’ve got a winner at every grill party or family meal.

Recipe by Audrey Dunham, a Switch4Good team member and founder of Peanut’s Bake Shop.



  • ½ Tbsp ground flaxseed
  • 1 ½ Tbsp water
  • 1 ⅓ cup cooked sweet potato
  • 1 cup canned garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 Tbsp dry quick oats
  • 2 Tbsp + ⅓ cup (divided) bread crumbs
  • 1-2 Tbsp finely chopped white or yellow onion
  • ¾ tsp cinnamon
  • ¾ tsp chili powder
  • ¾ tsp garlic powder
  • ¾ tsp salt

Maple Dijon Sauce

  • ⅓ cup maple syrup
  • ⅓ cup Dijon mustard


  • 1. First, roast two large or three medium-sized sweet potatoes (poked several times with a fork) in a 375 degrees F oven for about 45 - 60 minutes. They’ll be very soft and fork tender when they’re done. You may not need to use all of the cooked sweet potatoes.
  • 2. Next, combine the water and ground flaxseed in a small bowl, and set it aside for now.
  • 3. In a medium-sized bowl, mash up your garbanzo beans with a potato masher or large fork, leaving some beans partially intact.
  • 4. To the same bowl, add your cooked sweet potato, dry oats, 2 tablespoons of breadcrumbs, onion, spices, and salt. Finally, add the flaxseed/water mixture and stir it all together.
  • 5. Form this mixture into four equal-sized patties. Coat each side with breadcrumbs, and put them in a non-stick pan over medium-high heat.
  • 6. While those patties are cooking, prep your Maple Dijon Sauce by whisking together the maple syrup and mustard in a small bowl.
  • 7. After approximately 5 - 7 minutes, flip the burgers.
  • 8. While you’re waiting for the second side to cook, prep your other toppings. I like to use lettuce, tomato, and sometimes a bit of sliced avocado.
  • 9. Once those burgers form a nice crispy brown surface on each side, remove them from the pan, and sprinkle them with a small pinch of salt and pepper.
  • 10. If you’re like me and love a toasted bun, now would be the time to place those buns in the hot pan to lightly toast on each side.
  • 11. The last step? Place those burgers on your buns, drizzle with plenty of Maple Dijon Sauce, load up your toppings, and enjoy!

Cooking Tips

  • 1. This recipe can also be used to make a killer appetizer or side dish. Just form the mixture into small cakes instead of patties.

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