These Maple Sweet Potato Pecan Burgers are packed with Vitamin A, Vitamin B6, Potassium, Iron and protein. The maple syrup and a kick of cayenne, combined with savory sweet potatoes, kale and pecans, results in a perfect balance of flavors. Serve these patties warm and save any leftovers in a refrigerator for up to 4 days.
Maple Sweet Potato Pecan Burgers
Makes 4 large burgers
- 2 cups peeled, cooked and mashed sweet potatoes
- 1/4 cup uncooked quinoa
- 3/4 cup water
- 2 tablespoons vegan butter substitute
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/2 cup dry roasted pecans, chopped
- 1 cup chopped kale
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt (plus a sprinkle for the onion topping)
- 1 sweet onion
- sprinkle of fresh ground black pepper
- 4 buns of your choice
If your pecans aren’t already dry roasted, you can roast them easily by spreading them out on a baking sheet and baking for 5 minutes at 350 degrees.
Since sweet potatoes come in all shapes and sizes, I opted to include a measurement of the potatoes already cooked and mashed rather than a total number of sweet potatoes to use. Microwave the potatoes until soft, then removed the skin and mash with a fork in a large bowl.
- Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Cook the quinoa according to package directions.
- In a separate saucepan, or in a microwave, melt 1 tablespoon of vegan butter substitute.
- Stir in 1 tablespoon of maple syrup and the cayenne pepper.
- Stir the maple syrup sauce in with the mashed sweet potatoes
- Stir in the the cooked quinoa, pecans, kale and sea salt.
- Form the mixture into four patties and place on a baking sheet.
- Bake for 45 minutes, turning once at the halfway point.
- When the burgers have approximately 15 minutes left to cook, make the onion topping by first roughly chopping the sweet onion.
- Melt the remaining 1 tablespoon of vegan butter substitute in a small skillet over medium heat.
- Add the onion to the melted butter
- Sprinkle with sea salt and fresh ground black pepper
- Cook for 12 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Reduce the heat to low and pour in the remaining 1 tablespoon of maple syrup.
- Stir continuously as the onions continue to cook for 3 more minutes.
- Remove the onion mixture from the heat and spoon over the tops of the burgers once they have finished baking.
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