Smoky Sweet Potato Burgers with Roasted Garlic Cream & Avocado

(Adapted from http://www.howsweeteats.com)

  • 2 cups coarsely mashed sweet potatoes (or yams), about 2  potatoes
  • 2 bulbs of roasted garlicspburgers-3
  • 1 cup cannellini benas (rinsed and drained if canned)
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/3 cup gluten free bread crumbs
  • 1/3 cup oat flour (or another GF flour)
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon cumin
  • 2-3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • 1 cup organic plain greek yogurt
  • 1.5 teaspoons maple syrup
  • extra salt and pepper for seasoning yogurt/cream
  • 4 Gluten Free Buns

To roast garlic, cut the top 1/3 of of a head of garlic, place in oven safe dish, drizzle with 1 tbsp olive oil, cover with foil and place in oven at 375 for 45 minutes. I would definitely make extra of these…

Pierce potatoes  all over with a fork and place on aluminum lined cookie sheet at 450 for 30 minutes, then flip and place in for another 30 minutes, 20 if they are smaller potatoes. If you don’t have time, you can place them on a paper towel and set them in the microwave. Microwave for 5 minutes, then flip and cook for 5 minutes more. Remove, slice in half and let cool until you can scoop out the flesh.

In a large bowl, coarsely mash beans with a fork. Add in sweet potato and mash together, then add in spices, salt and pepper, minced garlic, egg, bread crumbs and flour. Mix together until combined, then place bowl in the fridge for 15-20 minutes. This helps form them into patties, but as a warning they are still somewhat messy.

While mixture is chilling, combine yogurt with 2-3 bulbs (squeezed out) of roasted garlic cloves, maple syrup and a sprinkle of salt and pepper in a blender, food processor, or by hand if you are patient! Mix until smooth then set aside until ready to use.

Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add 2 tablespoons olive oil. Remove mixture from fridge and form into patties, then place in the skillet once hot. Since the mixture can be wet and messy, do not move until they are fully cooked and golden on one side! This takes about 5-6 minutes. Then, add more oil if needed (this really helps cook them) and flip burgers very gently. Cook for another 5-6 minutes. Toast buns if desired.

Assemble by topping burgers with roasted garlic cream and avocado!

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