Sweet Potato-Pecan Burgers with Caramelized Onions

  • meeshwass Posted: 01/05/09
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    This was a great side as just the patty. (I have a gluten allergy, so I used gluten free oats and omitted the burger bun and burger condiments.) The spice complemented the toasted pecans and sweet potato perfectly. We actually ended up eating this with a pancake dinner, but I could see this as a great side to chicken as well. From the recipe's directions, it was difficult for me to figure out how much sweet potato to use; I ended up using a large (12 oz) sweet potato. I am glad to have found this recipe; I've been searching for new sweet potato recipes that don't also call for tons of brown sugar!

  • Jocilyn Posted: 01/31/09
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    WHAT A MESS. The flavor was fine, but making patties didn't happen and eating them was difficult as they fell apart. It seems like something was left off the ingredient list, I've never had this experience with Cooking Light before!

  • elliebee160 Posted: 02/14/09
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    On paper this sounded good, and while it didn't taste bad, it had an odd off-putting texture that was a bit too soft and mushy. I did cut the recipe in half, but I don't think that was the problem. The onions were great though! I won't make this again.

  • HPressman Posted: 01/27/09
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    Most disappointing Cooking Light recipe ever! I love burgers so was excited to try these out. However, these labor-intensive patties were NOT WORTH all the steps involved. They ended up gooey and sticky (due to lack of binding element like egg perhaps?) and both batches, even after turning the pan way down, burned on both sides. The onions are the only part worth doing again.

  • Annelisa Posted: 01/05/09
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    These were pretty good. I served them on half english muffins with edamame on the side. I did not make the caramelized onion topping. I added an egg to help bind them, but I don't think it was necessary. My only complaint was that I couldn't taste the pecans, though I wouldn't omit them because they add a nice crunch. Also, I did not peel the sweet potatoes (I used 1 large one).

  • cathyslater Posted: 03/21/09
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    Started making and found it hard to form into patties so looked on line. Was very dissapointed to see all the low ratings since I was making this as a special dinner with all the family home for Spring Break. I finally got the burgers cooked and on the buns. Yuck--after all the work--they were not good at all. My family will usually eat anything but even my teen age son decided he was not hungry. I agree with others this is the worse recipe I have made from Cooking Light in 10 years. The picture,the list of ingredients and the difficultly sure looked like it should have been better.

  • Carcharzel Posted: 02/08/09
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    Awful. This was the first time I *hated* something from Cooking Light. Too much work for such horrible results. I could tell that the patties weren't going to hold their shape, so I tried to dredge them in bread crumbs. That did nothing. They were awful. I almost ordered pizza instead of eating this.

  • mabeldog Posted: 01/11/09
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    SOOOO much work! For all that, I expected something amazing, instead it was like eating a gooey oatmeal pancake on a bun. The flavor was ok, maybe for a side dish?

  • nylucy4 Posted: 01/13/09
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    I liked the flavor of the burgers, but they did not stay together and were like mush. The onions needed longer to caramelize than 12 minutes. Overall, I thought it was too much starch with the potato burgers on rolls. I don' t know that I would make this recipe again.

  • 86753909 Posted: 01/21/09
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    Yuck and a lot of work. The mixture was like paste- don't know if I over-mixed it in the processor or under-cooked it in the pan but regardless, it's not worth trying again. The flavor was OK, especially with the caramelized onions, but my husband, who eats ANYTHING, didn't eat this. A disappointment and the first dinner I've tossed in 9 years. Off to clean up the kitchen- what a mess!

  • katnunchuck Posted: 01/31/09
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    As most of the other reviewers said, these burgers were terrible. I knew something was wrong when the instructions said to shape the sweet potato-oat mixture into patties. The mixture was a gross gluey consistency and shaping the "burgers" was not going to happen. I could tell before I served them that they were going to be awful. They tasted so gross. The onions were really good though. I was really really disappointed by this recipe. So much work for some food I ended up throwing away. A total waste of effort, time, and money. Don't even bother.

  • EmilyCW Posted: 01/24/09
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    I agree with the other reviews. These were a lot of work, and they did not hold their shape. The taste was fine, but nothing special.

  • Grimes3 Posted: 02/20/09
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    My family loved these patties. We are a vegetarian household and IF your family likes meat, you may want to just put this into a casserole and bake it. The mixture was mushy to put together but my griddle handled it well and the burgers didn't make it for lunch the next day (which I'd planned!). I froze the patties between sheets of wax paper the second time and put them directly on a hot griddle (like you would a veggie burger) and was satisfied with that result.

  • AshleyAR1 Posted: 03/05/09
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    In order to make this dish good, I added a can of black beans, some chopped cilantro, 1/2 tsp lime juice & zest of one lime. These additions made this a yummy vegetarian burger that we couldn't get enough of!!! The beans add texture & protein. The sweet potato is a good binder.

  • DarleneDetroit Posted: 02/21/09
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    AWFUL!!!! I was so surprised, as I have loved every other Cooking Light recipe. Way too many onions in the patty itself. I checked the recipe several times to check the quantity of onions-didn't seem right to begin with. I love onions, but they completely overwhelmed the other ingredients. And as the other readers said, they were a gluey mess. I tried to add an extra sweet potato and some brown sugar to tone down the onions, but I was wasting too much time and food, to no avail. It was an expensive and time-consuming mess that went down the disposal! DO NOT waste your time or money!

  • LizbethR Posted: 03/03/09
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    I feel this recipe has potential because of the wonderful ingredients. I have not yet tried the recipe but but my thoughts are: Why boil the sweet potato? I just microwave sweet potatoes and squash and scoop out the tender filling. This way all the flavor and vitamins remain in the end product. Why use a food processor? If the ingredients are already tender they can be stirred together by hand and formed into patties. An egg could be added for binding if desired and it's easier to check for seasonings. The caramelized onions sound really great!

  • jaim78 Posted: 03/11/09
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    Despite other negative reviews, I still decided to try this recipe because I've never had bad results with other Cooking Light recipes. I roasted the sweet potato in the oven with paprika, cumin, chili powder, and salt/pepper thinking it would give it more flavor. I even added more garlic and onions to the patty mixture. No matter how much of each spice I put added, you couldn't taste them. I was just way disappointed in how the flavor and texture turned out.

  • Kendra92 Posted: 05/12/09
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    My mom and I made these last night and absolutely loved them! The mixture was too dry to blend in our blender, so we added some chicken broth. We also used pita instead of hamburger buns. Other than adding the chicken broth, we followed the recipe to a T and it worked lovely. The pecans add a nice crunch and interesting texture. I look forward to making these again!

  • Saecca Posted: 07/06/09
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    BLAH! Such potential in this recipe to be a stellar, healthy burger alternative, but it completely falls flat. After the many steps, my burgers didn't cook up to be that firm. The onions are good, but in the whole scheme of the burger-- the texture is a bit unsettling-- you expect some resistance, but its like baby food with chili sauce and onions. Even my husband, who usually takes dinner leftovers for lunch, left all 4 patties we had in the fridge. I ended up throwing them all away. It is seriously the WORST recipe I have ever made from Cooking Light!

  • RachelJenner Posted: 10/18/09
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    I'm actually surprised - and maybe it's because my husband and I are okay with "doctoring recipes," but we loved this recipe. Perhaps we did something differently than everyone else who rated, but we loved these burgers. Try putting more oatmeal or bread crumbs in them, if they are too soft - that often helps.

  • scole743 Posted: 11/20/09
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    This is the worst recipe I have ever tried from Cooking Light--I usually love most of the recipes. The burger had absolutely no flavor and was quite a bit of work. Very disappointing.

  • jdepa777 Posted: 06/23/10
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    My family liked these burgers for the most part. Next time I make them, I am cutting back on the amount of cumin used, as it seemed to overwhelm the burgers. They were a bit soft and hard to mold. For the non-vegetarians in the group, I added a slice of turkey bacon (the kind with no added nitrates). They liked the burgers a lot with the onions and bacon.

  • KimberlySB Posted: 04/22/10
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    I think these are great- much better than any store-bought veggie burger. They have texture from the pecans. I didn't process until completely smooth, though, so maybe that made a difference? Or maybe they need to be cooked longer than the people who found them smooshy cooked them? I have no idea, but I followed the recipe almost to the T (except for not making them completely smooth)and plan to make them for a cookout this weekend. Will prob. brown in the skillet, then finish on the grill when guests arrive. Yum! My meat-eating hubby loved them.

  • Lucienutrition Posted: 01/22/11
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    Just made these today and we loved them. Fabulous recipe with sparkling flavors (like the chili sauce and balsamic carmelized onions) with a great crunch from the pecans. So much flavor and so healthy! Do make sure to use a non-stick skillet for cooking the patties (last step).

  • vermontbaker Posted: 04/22/11
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    I LOVE these. They are a bit messy but they taste wonderful. I make a batch and then freeze individual patty's to eat later.

  • abidingeater Posted: 09/16/11
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    As a vegatarian raised on a midwestern meat and potato diet, I am always on the look out for new recipes. After making this recipe I have to say I truely enjoyed it. Pretty simple two pan recipe (which I really appreciate!). Boil the water while you prepare the chopped and sliced ingredients, do all your satueing in one frying pan. Veered from the recipe just abit as I read other reviews which stated that it was difficult to form the patties, so I added my boiled sweet potates to the onion and garlic mixture to dry them out. The patties pattied easily, although they are delicate. One other thing I have to add is to properly toast the buns, I did a simple stove top pan toast, which left the buns slighty chewy. In my opinion the buns should be toasted throughout, otherwise when taking a bite the soft patties squeeze out the sides. All in all the sweetness from the tates smokey cumin plus the heat from the chili sauce and the nice savory vigegar onions add up to a fantastic dish

  • motpea Posted: 11/10/11
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    Cut down the recipe for one potato. This recipe dirties at least two pans, one food processor and a cutting board. The mixture is stiff and does not food process easily. Form the patties with wet hands for a smooth exterior. I used 1 1/2 tsp. chili 3000 spice from Penzey's because I ran out of cumin. They taste great, but I ate them plain, no bun, no condiments, because I don't want a hamburger. They could use a bit more oil for the frying, if you are not calorie-restricted. I would make double batch and freeze, so I don't dirty all those dishes in vain.

  • fairydragonstar Posted: 01/06/13
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    these are really flavorful and a something different for a meatless meal...I personally added more lettuce and skipped the bun and just ate the patty

  • Lmartin128 Posted: 03/20/14
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    These are tasty. Some suggestions...do not boil the sweet potato, instead shred it and sauté it with the diced onion and garlic. It cooks quickly, you subtract dirtying another pot and the patty's retain shape better. I also added an egg in the processing step. My patty's formed easily and maintained shape well.

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