Gluten Free Sweet Potato Black Bean Burger Recipe

Gluten Free Sweet Potato Black Bean Burger Recipe

I don’t know about you, but I just love the combination of sweet potatoes and black beans.

My favorite restaurant at college in Chapel Hill was called the Flying Burrito, and my favorite dish was their “Flying Mayan” — a (whole wheat – augh) burrito with spiced sweet potatoes and black beans tucked inside. Ever since, I’ve been hooked on that flavor combination and I often make my own gluten free take on The Flying Mayan with my homemade gluten free flour tortillas.

But even more handy is to merge those delicious flavors into a veggie burger, don’t you think?

gluten free sweet potato black bean veggie burger on bun in hand

I’ve experimented with a few other ingredient combinations (rice, wild rice, quinoa …) and they all work out to be yummy, it’s just how well they hold together into a veggie burger. Since there’s no egg or other binder, the sweet potatoes are the real meat of this healthy burger, and they take to these spices like they were born together.

Served on a homemade gluten free hamburger bun, it’s truly a match made in heaven.

gluten free sweet potato black bean veggie burger on bun with condiments

What’s your favorite topping for a burger? Put it all on this homemade gluten free sweet potato black bean burger, and you’ll love it all the more! 

Oh, and did I mention that these babies cook up perfectly in an air fryer?! So quick, too! Since there’s no meat or egg or dairy in this recipe, the only thing you need to do is cook them long enough to be hot or crunchy on the outside, which the air fryer is super good for. Otherwise, feel free to old school fry these veggie burgers or of course, to grill them.

gluten free sweet potato black bean veggie burger on air fryer tray

If you’d like more information about air fryers and to find other gluten free recipes for air fryer, search “Air Fryer” in the search bar at the top of every page at or hop to my Air Fryer Review.

Ideally, allow time to wrap these gluten free sweet potato black bean burgers in plastic wrap and refrigerate to help them hold together better. It’s not an essential step if you’re pressed for time, but especially if grilling, you’ll want to budget time for some refrigeration first.

gluten free sweet potato black bean veggie burgers wrapped

If you’d like to try another fun gluten free veggie burger recipe (made with lentils), hop to it! This one is more of an Asian flavor veggie burger — try them both and see which you like better!

Happy healthy burger season!

gluten free sweet potato black bean veggie burger on bun with pickle

Gluten Free Sweet Potato Black Bean Burger Recipe

Gluten Free Sweet Potato Black Bean Burger Recipe

Yield: 7 veggie burgers
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

This delicious sweet potato and black bean flavor combination works insanely well as a gluten free and vegan veggie burger!


  • 1 large sweet potato (~1 1/3 cups, cooked and mashed)
  • 1 1/3 cup cooked rice, wild rice or quinoa
  • 1 cup black beans, cooked or canned, rinsed and drained
  • 1 carrot, diced
  • 1/2 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon dried onion or 1/4 cup+ diced onion
  • 1 Tablespoon cumin
  • 1 Tablespoon dried or 1/8 cup fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper


  1. Boil or microwave one large sweet potato. Once fork tender, cut in half and set aside until cool enough to handle.
  2. Prepare rice, wild rice or quinoa according to package directions and set aside.
  3. Cook or rinse and drain canned black beans.
  4. Dice carrot (and onion if using fresh) and saute in 1/2 Tablespoon olive oil until soft.
  5. Mash sweet potato and add black beans. If you prefer for the beans to be more integrated and less obvious, mash the beans as well. Otherwise, add beans and rice to the sweet potatoes and stir to mix.
  6. Add carrot, onion and spices to the mixture and stir to integrate.
  7. Form the burgers into approximately 7 patties, wrap with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to cook and serve.
  8. AIr fry at 400F for approximately 8 minutes or pan saute or grill just until warmed through.
  9. Serve warm on a gluten free bun with your favorite toppings and condiments.
I know you’re going to love this flavor combination! Will you be trying it in an air fryer?

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    • I just made them again last night, Sandi, and the meat eaters and vegetarians alike all loved this recipe!