A healthier yet still decadent mushroom bun burger with a sweet potato and white bean patty and fully-loaded rainbow vegetables. This recipe is vegetarian though can easily be made vegan and gluten-free!
Begin by baking and peeling the sweet potatoes. You can bake the sweet potatoes in the oven if preferred but I like to speed this process up with a microwave. Simply prod the sweet potato a few times with a fork and wrap in a damp (but not dripping) paper towel. Microwave for 3 minutes then turn over and repeat.Check the potato is fully cooked by piercing with a knife. If it needs slightly longer then microwave for a further minute, as needed.
Allow the potatoes to cool slightly (just enough to handle comfortably) and scoop out the flesh from the skin.
Add the beans and baked sweet potato to a bowl and mash. Then add the chopped spinach, tahini, a splash of vinegar, and mix.
Finally, Add in all the seasonings and the flour – if the mixture is still too wet then thicken with a little extra flour. Sweet potatoes can contain different levels of moisture, which is why this can vary.
Divide the mixture into four and form into patty shapes. Dip each sweet potato cake into panko breadcrumbs for a super crispy coating.
At this point, preheat the oven to 200°C/400ºF.
To Cook the patties, first heat 1/2 tablespoon of oil in a frying pan and cook over medium heat until lightly browned on each side (just 2-3 minutes per side). If you have a pan large enough to fit multiple at one time, even better!To finish the cooking place in the oven for 12-15 minutes until warmed through.
Step 2. Prepare the Fillings
While the burgers are cooking in the oven you can prepare all of the fillings. Chop the vegetables as thick or as thin as you'd like. Use a mandoline for nice and thin, evenly sliced pieces. If using carrots then you can use a vegetable peeler to cut it into strips.
If you prefer to saute any of the vegetables, simply heat in the same frying pan that you cooked the sweet potato burgers in for a few minutes, until lightly sauteed. You can also lightly charr the peppers over a flame/ under the grill in the oven.
Step 3. Prepare the Portobello Mushroom buns
Simply remove the mushroom stalks and brush the outside of the portobello mushroom caps with a little oil, salt & pepper (add a dash of soy sauce or GF tamari for a little extra flavor). To cook the portobello bun, you can either fry them lightly on each side for a few minutes or simply place the mushroom caps in the oven at the same time at the patties.Note* The mushrooms may shrink in size in the oven and release water so aren't as crispy as the pan-fried version.
When there are just a few minutes left of the cooking time then you can, optionally, fry an egg to top each burger.
Step 4. Assemble the burger
Stack the burger bun with all your rainbow veggies, the patty, and fried egg. For a little heat, you can top with a sprinkle of Red Pepper Flakes.
How To Store
Once prepared, the uncooked sweet potato burger patties can be frozen for between 1-2 months. Simply place the patties (not touching) layered in a freezer-safe container, separated by layers of parchment paper or beeswax wrap and freeze. To use, simply allow to thaw in the fridge and then cook in the oven.
You can also freeze the cooked patties. However, this isn't something I've done before so I'm not sure how this affects the shelf life.
I like a slightly chunkier texture so mash the patties with a fork. However, feel free to use a food processor if you'd prefer.
If you're on a keto or paleo diet you can use the portobello burger bun and veggies then simply omit the sweet potato patty in place of a keto/paleo-friendly burger patty.
Tomatoes - I chose to use red and yellow tomatoes for the rainbow effect. Feel free to use a single variety of tomato.
Bell Peppers - I used a combination of orange and red bell peppers for crunch, flavor, and color. However, you could also grill the peppers for a smoky flavor and softer texture.
Red onion - If you don't like the harsh flavor of raw onion then feel free to fry it lightly or allow the onion to sit in some lemon juice or vinegar for a few minutes and it will help mute that harsh raw flavor.
Avocado - No burger is complete without avocado in my opinion. You can thinly slice, make into a quick mash (which Is easier to assemble) with lemon or lime juice, or even use this Simple Fresh Authentic Guacamole (Mexican).