I came across this gem of a recipe a while back for sweet potato quinoa burgers in the midst of a quinoa craze. Recently however, my trip to the store produced no quinoa for my troubles, but I spied an unwary box of couscous standing innocently on the shelf. Thus began this recipe for sweet potato and couscous patties and since they turned out so well, I thought I would share it with you!
I knew very little about couscous, besides that it was used similarly to quinoa and rice. I reasoned it would work for my purposes and so I tucked the box beneath my arm and headed to the check out. Now after some research I know that couscous is a highly valued dish from North Africa, particularly Morocco, and more different from quinoa than I’d imagined. It is similar to quinoa in its texture and versatility, but it holds only a portion of the same nutrients and calories as quinoa, not to mention they are completely different in basic elements; that is, while quinoa is a seed-grain, couscous is considered more of a pasta, sharing with such a base of ground seminola. For those watching their caloric intake, couscous has less calories but isn’t a protein like quinoa. Nevertheless, couscous worked very well in creating my new Sweet Potato Couscous Burgers recipe which is a great vegetarian meal for Meatless Mondays (or any night of the week)!
How To Make Sweet Potato And Couscous Patties- A Vegetarian Burger For Meatless Mondays
Here are the ingredients you’ll need:
A medium sweet potato, couscous or quinoa, a red or yellow onion, one egg, Paremsan cheese, garlic, oil, basil, and oregano.
Cooking Tips For Sweet Potato Couscous Burgers
To begin, the first thing you want to do is decide whether or not to peel your sweet potato. I prefer not to, as sweet potato skins are an exceptional source of fiber, containing more in one skin than in an entire serving of oatmeal. It adds a bit more time to the cooking but that’s the only con. You then prepare your sweet potato by cutting it up into small chunks and adding it to a skillet with a table spoon of oil and cook while covered for five to seven minutes.
I like to use coconut oil for its nutrients and added flavor. If you haven’t already cooked whatever grain you want to use, you can cook it now. Quinoa takes about fifteen minutes total to boil and cook, while couscous I discovered needs only to boil one minute in the pot. While these ingredients prepare, dice half your onion. I prefer to use red, but alas, the store lacked this as well and I settled for yellow. Some recipes call for both potato and onion to be cooked together the whole time, but I find that at the end my onions are all cooked to the bottom of my skillet, and while I love the exercise of scraping them off the bottom, I’d prefer them in my food.
So after a few minutes of softening, add the onions and keep covered until potatoes are nice and able to be mashed. In the meantime, mince two cloves of garlic and add to the skillet for thirty seconds when your potatoes and onions are all done. Pity me my lack of garlic press, I had to improvise and use the flat side of my knife instead.
When the mixture is ready, put into a bowl and add your couscous or quinoa. Mash the potatoes with a fork until smooth, and then add the egg, Parmesan, and seasonings, stirring altogether until mixed. Turning your skillet back on to medium-low to medium heat, shape the mixture into sweet potato and couscous patties roughly the size of your palm and place on the skillet. Each side should take about three to five minutes.
Then you’re ready to serve these delicious sweet potato and couscous patties!
Sweet Potato Couscous Burgers Recipe:
Here is the short and sweet version of the recipe! Makes 4-6 patties.
Sweet Potato Couscous Patties Ingredients-
- 1 tbsp oil
- 1 medium sweet potato (chopped)
- ½ red or yellow onion (diced)
- 2 garlic cloves (minced)
- ½ cup couscous (cooked)
- 1 egg (slightly beaten)
- ¼ cup Parmesan cheese
- 1-2 tbsp basil
- 1-2 tbsp oregano
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ tsp pepper
Combine sweet potato in skillet with onion and ¼ tsp salt and pepper. Cook on medium, and when soft, add garlic and cook for 30 more seconds. Place in bowl and combine with other ingredients. Shape into patties and cook in a pan with a bit of oil on both sides until brown.
While these sweet potato couscous burgers have a wonderful flavor on their own, I like to moisten mine up with pickles, and a thin layer of barbecue sauce or ranch. How do you like to dress your vegetarian burgers?
Printable Sweet Potato And Couscous Patties Recipe:
livestrong.com Sweet Potato Nutrition Information
foodnetwork.com Couscous Nutrition Information
You may also enjoy this recipe for sweet potato quinoa tacos!