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To me, these are the definition of "simple gourmet." The flavors work in harmony to create a perfectly delicious and balanced meal. They're the perfect throw together lunch that feels fancy while only taking about 12 minutes start to finish.

Ingredients:

Burger:

  • 1 small steamed sweet potato (skinned)
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped cilantro (optional-add some mint leaves)
  • 1/2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • Dash of chili pepper
  • 1/2 cup beans (I used cannelini)
  • Coconut oil for frying (I used a small amount of coconut oil spray so it wouldn't stick to the pan)

Dressing:

  • 1.5 tbsp tahini
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp water

Method:

  1. Steam the sweet potato for about 10 minutes until tender. I microwaved mine for 5 minutes and then scooped out the inside. 
  2. Drain and rinse your beans. 
  3. Finely chop the herbs
  4. Combine all remaining ingredients in a bowl. Here comes the fun part. Mash the ingredients together with your hands to form a mixture. You can also use a food processor if you're no fun and don't want to get your hands dirty. 
  5. Heat a pan on low medium heat and spray with a thin coating of coconut oil spray or coconut oil. Form 3 parties with the mixture and pan fry on each side for about 2-3 mins. The other option is to bake at 350 degrees farenheit for about 20 mins, but I'd keep an eye on them because I haven't personally tried that method. 
  6. Serve the burgers on a bun or atop a salad with the tahini dressing and enjoy!