Courtesy of Dan Vermette

SWEET POTATO BLACK BEAN BURGERS

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INGREDIENTS: 1.5 lbs sweet potatoes 2 Tbsp. olive oil (plus more for cooking) ½ c. rolled oats 1 c. cooked quinoa (1/3 cup uncooked) 1 can (150 oz) black beans, rinsed and drained 2 Tbsp. green onions, chopped 1 tsp. garlic powder ¼ tsp. smoked paprika 1 tsp. salt, divided 1 tsp. pepper, divided

DIRECTIONS: 1. Peel and chop sweet potatoes, then add to a baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until very tender. 2. Move sweet potatoes and baking sheet oil to a large bowl. Mash until well pulverized. 3. Process oats in a food processor until crumbs and add to sweet potato bowl. 4. Add remaining ingredients to the bowl and stir until well combined. 5. Get your hands wet with warm water and form 6 patties about an inch thick. 6. Add a thin layer of oil to the bottom of a sauté pan and allow to heat over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add the patties, cooking until browned on the underside before flipping. Add more oil as needed, not allowing the pan to become dry. 7. Place on buns and add your favourite toppings. Serve and enjoy!

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