Sweet Potato-Pecan Burgers with Caramelized Onions

Cooking Light Way to Cook Grilling: The Complete Visual Guide to Healthy Grilling
  • Yield: 6 servings


1teaspoon canola oil
3cups sliced onion
2tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1teaspoon sugar
1/8teaspoon salt
2 1/2cups (1/2-inch) cubed peeled sweet potato
Cooking spray
2 1/2cups chopped onion
3cloves garlic
1cup regular oats
1 1/2teaspoons ground cumin
3/4teaspoon salt
1/4teaspoon pepper
1/2cup chopped pecans, toasted
6leaves Boston lettuce
6 (1 1/2 ounce) 100% whole-wheat or whole-grain buns
6tablespoons chili sauce


  1. To prepare onions, heat 1 teaspoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add sliced onion to pan; sauté 12 minutes or until browned, stirring occasionally. Stir in vinegar, sugar, and 1⁄8 teaspoon salt; cook 30 seconds or until vinegar is absorbed. Remove onion mixture from pan; keep warm. Wipe pan dry with a paper towel.
  2. To prepare burgers, place potato in a large saucepan; cover with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 15 minutes or until tender; drain.
  3. Heat large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add chopped onion and garlic to pan; sauté 5 minutes or until tender.
  4. Place potato, chopped onion mixture, oats, cumin, 3⁄4 teaspoon salt, and pepper in a food processor; process until smooth. Place potato mixture in a bowl; stir in nuts. Divide potato mixture into 6 equal  portions, shaping each portion into a 1⁄2-inch thick patty.
  5. Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add patties to pan; cook 4 minutes or until browned. Carefully turn patties over; cook 3 minutes or until browned. Place 1 lettuce leaf on bottom half of each bun; top each with 1 patty, 1 tablespoon chili sauce, about 3 tablespoons onion mixture, and top halves of buns.

Recipes reprinted with permission from Cooking Light Way to Cook Grilling: The Complete Visual Guide to Healthy Grillingby Cooking Light (Oxmoor House).

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Nutritional Info *per serving

  • Calories 376
  • Fat 12.3g
  • Saturated Fat 0.9g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat 3.2g
  • Monounsaturated Fat 5.8g
  • Cholesterol 0mg
  • Sodium 785mg
  • Carbohydrate 59g
  • Fiber 7.9g
  • Protein 11.3g
  • Calcium 89mg
  • Iron 3.4mg