Sweet Potato Quinoa Burger Recipe

You'll want these quinoa burgers all summer long!
trying to eat healthier? check out this recipe for gluten-free sweet potato quinoa burgers on jojotastic.com

Burgers, you guys. Burgers. My ultimate comfort food. I don’t have a sweet tooth, I’m meh about potato chips. Instead, I want burgers. All of the time. Here’s the thing though: I’m realllllly trying to be a lot healthier, so I was delighted when my newest contributor Emma K. Morris hooked me up with this super-healthy, bold and bright recipe for Sweet Potato Quinoa Burgers. I love all of the flavors and ingredients combined, plus this recipes helps me to eat way more consciously and still get my fix. Seriously, I’ll be making these quinoa burgers all summer long!

trying to eat healthier? check out this recipe for gluten-free sweet potato quinoa burgers on jojotastic.com

Sweet Potato Quinoa Burger Recipe

You'll want these quinoa burgers all summer long!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Course Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 373 kcal



  • 2 medium sweet potatoes sliced in half, then halved again length-wise 
  • 1-2 tablespoons olive oil for roasting
  • 1 cup quinoa cooked & cooled
  • 1/2 cup cooked & rinsed cannellini beans (straight from the can is fine)
  • 1/4 cup walnuts coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup spinach or baby kale wilted
  • 1 medium carrot grated
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 3 tsp  Bragg Liquid Aminos  (you can sub Tamari if needed)
  • 1 tsp hot sauce
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1-2 green onions chopped
  • Garlic salt + pepper to taste

Topping ideas:

  • Toasted buns or bread of your choice
  • Sliced avocado
  • Sprouts
  • Pickled red onion
  • Romaine or iceberg lettuce
  • Mayo (I use Veganaise), ketchup, Sriracha


  • Toss your sliced sweet potatoes in the olive oil and season with salt + pepper. Roast ‘em at 400 degrees for 30 minutes. Using a fork, prick to make sure they’re cooked all the way through. 
  • While the potatoes are roasting, cook your quinoa. Though you’ll only need 1 cup of the cooked grain for this recipe, I still suggest you to make the full amount following your bag’s directions. It usually calls for 1 cup dried quinoa, which essentially doubles in size once cooked. Having extra quinoa around is a good problem to have: sprinkle on afternoon salads, or toss together with roasted veggies for added protein! Once your quinoa has cooked there shouldn’t be any remaining water. Make sure you let it cool down and fluff it before measuring out.
  • Turn oven down to 375 degrees.
  • Coarsely chop walnuts. Next, cook down the spinach or kale seasoned with salt and pepper and a little drizzle of olive oil. This should only take a minute or so to wilt the leaves. Using a microplane, carefully grate one large carrot (should be equivalent to about 1/2-1/3 C). 
  • Place the roasted halved potatoes into a food processor and pulse until smooth. Add in all remaining ingredients other than the cannellini beans. Pulse a few times so everything is uniformly mixed, but not smooth. Add in the beans and pulse a few more times. You should still see a few full beans or maybe a few small chunks of potatoes — texture is good! The mixture should be wet/sticky, but still easy to form into patties. If you think it’s too wet, add a little more quinoa.
  • Form patties into desired size and bake on a greased parchment-covered cookie sheet for 20-22 mins at 375 degrees. For a crispier patty, pan fry on the stovetop in 1 tablespoon oil (such as sunflower oil) over medium heat for 2-3 minutes on each side or until cooked through and it’s golden brown.
  • Now comes the fun part. Compile your quinoa burger however you’d like! I love stacking them high with yummies like sliced avocado and sprouts — some melted cheddar cheese would be divine as well.


Calories: 373kcalCarbohydrates: 60gProtein: 13gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 27mgSodium: 495mgPotassium: 583mgFiber: 7gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 13087IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 129mgIron: 4mg
Keyword baked sweet potatoes, healthy recipe, quinoa, vegetables, vegetarian, veggie burger
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trying to eat healthier? check out this recipe for gluten-free sweet potato quinoa burgers on jojotastic.com

So what do you think of this quinoa burger recipe? Think you’ll be making quinoa burgers for your next BBQ? Let us know what you think of the recipe!

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Recipe & photography by Emma K. Morris for Jojotastic.

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  1. 3.22.16
    Annie said:

    Ummm MAKING THIS!!

    • 3.22.16
      joanna said:

      woo! let me know how you like ’em.

  2. 3.22.16
    Cori Magee said:

    When yum and healthy come together it makes me so happy!