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Close Up of a Sweet Potato Burger Topped with Pineapple Slices, Greens, and Barbecue Sauce
Vegan Hawaiian Burgers
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
45 mins
Sweet potato and red bean patties are pan-fried and topped with tangy barbecue sauce and juicy pineapple slabs to create these flavorful and satisfying vegan Hawaiian burgers.
Course: Sandwich
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Calories: 529 kcal
Author: Alissa
For the Hawaiian Burger Patties
  • 1 ½ cups diced sweet potato, about 1 medium sweet potato
  • 1 tbsp. vegetable oil, plus extra for grilling
  • 1-14 oz can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • ½ medium red onion, coarsely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1 ½ tsp. ground cumin
  • pinch cayenne
  • salt and pepper to taste
For the Pineapple Topping
  • 4 pineapple rings, each about ¼ inch thick
  • oil, for grilling
For the Barbecue Sauce
  • ½ cup tomato paste
  • ½ cup water
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 3 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
For Serving
  • 4 burger buns
  • lettuce
  • tomato
  • red onion
  • vegan mayo
Make the Hawaiian Burger Patties
  1. Preheat oven to 400°. Toss sweet potato with oil and arrange in a single layer on parchment-lined baking sheet or in a roasting pan. Place in oven and cook until tender, about 20 minutes, flipping about halfway through. Remove from oven and allow to cool for a few minutes.
  2. Place sweet potatoes, beans, breadcrumbs, onion, garlic, soy sauce, cumin and cayenne into food processor bowl and pulse until finely chopped and well mixed. Season with salt and pepper to taste, if desired. Shape into 4 patties.
  3. Coat the bottom of a large skillet with oil and place over medium heat. Working in batches if needed, place patties into skillet and cook until browned on bottoms, about 5 minutes. Flip and cook 5 minutes more, until browned on opposite sides.
Make the Pineapple Topping
  1. Add a bit more oil to the skilllet and arrange pineappple rings in skillet, working in batches if they don't all fit. Cook about 3 minutes on each side, until tender.
Make the Barbecue Sauce
  1. While sweet potatoes roast, stir all barbecue sauce ingredients together in a small saucepan and place over medium heat. Bring to a low simmer and allow to cook, stirring occasionally, until mixture becomes thick and saucy, about 15 minutes.
  1. Stuff buns with Hawaiian burger patties. Top with barbecue sauce, pineapple rings and toppings of choice. Serve.
Recipe Notes

Nutrition information includes 1 tablespoon of vegan mayo.

Nutrition Facts
Vegan Hawaiian Burgers
Amount Per Serving
Calories 529 Calories from Fat 132
% Daily Value*
Fat 14.7g23%
Saturated Fat 2.7g14%
Sodium 1642mg68%
Potassium 1058mg30%
Carbohydrates 87.7g29%
Fiber 11.7g47%
Sugar 31.6g35%
Protein 15g30%
Calcium 110mg11%
Iron 6.7mg37%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.