Eating with Emily

vegetarian meals & the more than occasional treat

Sweet Potato Quinoa Burgers with Caramelized Onions



Makes 12 small burgers, or 6 large burgers


  • 2 medium sweet potatoes
  • 1/4 cup uncooked quinoa (about 3/4 cup cooked)
  • small yellow onion, diced
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 2-3 tablespoons chopped rosemary, plus extra to garnish
  • pepper, to taste
  • oil, butter, or cooking spray

Caramelized Onions

  • 1 red onion, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar

To Serve

  • lettuce, avocado, mustard, etc.!
  • buns (totally optional…I ate a leftover burger over a big bowl of salad!)


Preheat oven to 400°F

Sweet Potato Quinoa Burgers

  1. Bake the sweet potatoes. Wash them, prick them six or seven times with a fork, and wrap in tinfoil. Place on a cookie sheet and bake for 45 minutes to an hour, or until soft.
  2. While the potatoes are baking, make your quinoa according to the instructions on the bag.
  3. When they are cool enough to touch, scoop the insides of the potatoes into a bowl. Discard the skins. Mash the potatoes with a fork until soft.
  4. Stir the potatoes, quinoa, onion, paprika, and rosemary together. Add pepper to taste.
  5. Form patties with your hands. I found it easiest to form a ball (I made them racquetball size, but would them a little bigger and thicker next time), then flatten it between my palms.
  6. Cook in a greased saucepan over medium high heat. It will take a good 3-4 minutes per side to cook thoroughly. They are fragile, so flip gently!
  7. Serve on a bun, or eat over a salad with the caramelized onions (recipe below).

Caramelized Onions

This is super easy!

  1. Slice the onion.
  2. Place the onion, along with the balsamic vinegar and brown sugar, in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir frequently until the onion is soft. If your onion is really large, add more vinegar and/or brown sugar, to taste.


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