The key to a great veggie burger is texture, texture, texture! If you’re going to give up the beef and/or turkey, you at least want to preserve the true essence of an American classic – and that’s the bite. I think I may have found that essence in a plant-based version. Not only is it meatless and delicious, it also happens to be pretty healthy.
We’ve heard countless rave reviews for the sweet potato. Growing up, it wasn’t a staple in my household. I only saw sweet potatoes during the holidays. Usually, it was prepared as a butter and sugar-laden, savory sweet potato pie or as a candied side dish served during a Thanksgiving or Christmas meal. It wasn’t until I became a vegetarian adult did I fully learn about this starch’s many health benefits. So, what is it about the sweet potato that has earned its rank as a superfood?
The antioxidant-enriched, anti-inflammatory nutrient sweet potato is loaded with beta-carotene (hence the orange colored flesh) and is a great source of B vitamins, potassium, fiber, vitamin C, biotin (hair, skin, and nail, support), and magnesium. Although it’s a starch, the sweet potato won’t raise your blood sugar levels – making it an essential part of a diabetic’s diet.
If you’re strictly or mostly plant-based, sweet potatoes are particularly important to you because of their versatility. They’re a great egg or butter/fat replacer in your favorite recipes. They’re perfect as a dessert option or a main meal go-to. My favorite way to enjoy them is simply peeled, chopped into chunks and roasted with salt, pepper, a little oil and garlic.
I’ve been experimenting with sweet potatoes lately and I can’t wait to share the recipes I’ve discovered and created with this fascinating spud – – which brings me back to the secret weapon in this awesome veggie mini-burger recipe. The sweet potato is the star ingredient, used as a binder for all of the other ingredients and giving it the perfect firm texture with a hint of crunch. It won’t fall apart and has just the right amount of smoky flavor that will even win over those hard-nosed beef burger lovers. These addictive Sweet Potato Sliders are soooooo good. They have a smoky flavor and burger-like texture, and a crunchy outer-layer. Pair with my Spicy Vegan Mayo and you’ll be the hit of the party!