Sweet Potato Fry Black Bean Burger

You won’t believe this (or maybe you will), but I went to NYC for a wedding and returned home the next day with a pile of sweet potato fries in my bag.. oops.

I mean, I had a great time at the wedding, with a tasty dinner at Mel’s Burger Bar (with a bacon, fried egg, & onion ring burger). Baskets of fries on the side. That weren’t really eaten..

I couldn’t help myself. I put some in my bag.

And then, what am I supposed to do with leftover, day old, cold fries from another city?

These are some of the hardest leftovers to make edible again.


Burgers seemed appropriate..


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Makes 2.


  • 1┬ásmall pile of sweet potato fries (3.5 oz), or 1┬ásmall baked sweet potato
  • 1/2 can cooked black beans (maybe 1/2 cup?)
  • 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
  • dash of smoked paprika
  • dash of cumin
  • splash of oil
  • toppings and buns and things

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Chop up the fries really small and put them in a bowl with the black beans, the cilantro, paprika, and cumin. Some salt and pepper. Use a fork and mash it all up really well. Really really well until you get a nice mush. Mix in the oats.

Use your hands to make two lovely sized patties. In a hot cast iron pan, heat up some oil and add the patties, cooking them on both sides for a few minutes to brown them. Then slide the pan into the oven and cook for a good 15 minutes, flipping once, until it is nicely heated through..

Then add toppings, like cheese! and fresh tomato slices, and a pretzel bun!

Almost as good as Mel’s..


(see those fries in the back?)



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