So, The.Boy. and I are going to be apart for Superbowl Sunday this year.

Apparently, this is, like, a big deal.

Or something.

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I’m not really that concerned except for the fact that thinking of all the cheez whiz he’s probably going to eat without me there to stuff kale down his throat has me waking up at night in cold sweats.

He, on the other hand, sees it as his last possible chance (at least until next year) to convince me that staring at men running around a field and jumping on each other is a rewarding way to spend a Sunday afternoon.
I have a feeling we are just going to have to agree to disagree.


By which I mean, I created these sliders, which are somehow both Superbowl-worthy and totally good-for-you so that I can sleep through the night knowing that something not from an aerosol can will cross his lips that afternoon.

And he is just going to have to accept the fact that I get all of my sports news from Twitter.

Totally fair.


The best thing about these sliders is that, once you make the rolls, you can stuff them with whatever you want, so they are totally adaptable to whoever you are having over on that fateful Sunday.

I, for one, loved these smoked paprika-infused sweet potato white bean patties topped with a roasted garlic sauce and avocado stuffed between those fluffy whole wheat bun halves.  But you could use regular burgers, your favorite sandwich fixins’ or even have a make-your-own-slider bar, giving you less work on game day so you can actually enjoy the game.  Win/win.


Now I know that right now half of you are giving me these nervous doubtful looks that are all, like,  “Back up a second.  You want me to put yeast where and make what?!?”

But I pinky swear promise that these slider buns are so.easy. I had the dough mixed up, risen, and in the oven within an hour and fifteen minutes.   All thanks to Fleischmann’s Rapid Rise Yeast.  I have used the jar version of Fleischmann’s dry active yeast for years, but this rapid rise stuff is like yeast on speed.  They get the job done. In a serious way.  And they have tons of other great {easy} homemade superbowl party-friendly recipes on their baking website!  So even if you’re not into the adorable delicious slider thing (weirdo), there is most certainly something there that will inspire you.

So at the end of the day, while you could certainly just go the frozen or pre-ordered food route for your fiesta…these will taste so much better than anything you can put in the microwave or order from your local sub shop.  I swear it.


One year ago…Sparkling Champagne Cupcakes
Two years ago…Braised Veal Shanks with Gremolata and Whipped Root Vegetables, Cranberry-Blueberry Pie
Three years ago…Chocolate, Cranberry and Pecan Rugelach, Texas Barbecue Sauce Pulled Pork on a Whole Wheat Bun
Four years ago…Sweet Potatoes with Honey Butter, Pork Tenderloin with Chimichurri Sauce

Smoky Sweet Potato Burgers with Roasted Garlic Cream and Avocado
Makes 12 sliders, adapted from How Sweet It Is


  • 2 large sweet potatoes
  • 2 bulbs garlic
  • 1 cup cannellini beans
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/3 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • pinch of cumin
  • 2-3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • 2/3 cup greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 400.
  2. Pierce potatoes all over with a fork. Wrap each in a paper towel and then microwave for 5 minutes. Flip over and cook for five minutes more. Remove from the microwave, slice in half and let cool until you can scoop out the flesh.
  3. To roast the garlic, cut the top quarter off of the two bulbs of garlic. Drizzle 1 tsp olive oil over each bulb. Wrap in aluminum foil and roast in the oven for 30-40 minutes.
  4. In a bowl, coarsely mash the beans with a fork. Add in the sweet potato, then mash together. Mix in the minced garlic, panko, flour, egg, paprika, salt, black pepper, and cumin. Place the bowl in the fridge for 15-20 minutes.
  5. While the mixture is chilling, combine the greek yogurt with the roasted garlic cloves, maple syrup, and salt and pepper to taste in a food processor and pulse until pureed.
  6. Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add 2 tbsp olive oil. Remove the burger mixture from the fridge and form into 12 equal patties. Place them in the skillet once it is hot. Let them cook until they are fully set and golden on one side, about 5 minutes. Flip and cook for another 5 minutes.
  7. Assemble by topping the burger buns with the roasted garlic sauce, a burger, more sauce, and avocado slices.

Whole Wheat Slider Buns
Makes 12, adapted from Fleischmann’s Yeast 


  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 envelopes Fleischmann’s Rapid Rise Yeast
  • 2 tbsp sugar asdf
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 – 1 1/4 cup flour


  1. Combine whole wheat flour, undissolved yeast, sugar and salt in a large mixer bowl.  Heat milk, water and butter until very warm (120° to 130°F).  Add to flour mixture.  Beat 2 minutes at medium speed of electric mixer, scraping bowl occasionally.  Add 1/4 cup all-purpose flour; beat 2 minutes at high speed.  Stir in enough remaining all-purpose flour to make soft dough.  Knead on lightly floured surface until smooth and elastic, about 8 to 10 minutes.  Cover; let rest 10 minutes.
  2. Divide dough into 12 equal pieces; shape into balls.  Place in greased 8 or 9-inch square pan.  Cover; let rise in warm, draft-free place until doubled in size, about 30 minutes.
  3. Bake in preheated 375°F oven for 15 to 20 minutes or until done.  Remove from pan; cool on wire rack.

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96 Responses to Smoky Sweet Potato Burgers with Roasted Garlic Cream and Avocado on Whole Wheat Sliders

  1. Beth says:

    Those look delicious, and the buns are so tempting! I’m already starting to think about what I’d put in mine.

  2. kelsey says:

    yesssssssssss I was hoping you would post this recipe after the pic on your instagram. YUMZ!

  3. SallyBR says:

    Well, don’t tell my Brazilian friends, but I became an American football fan, and rarely watch any soccer anymore (unless it’s the World Cup)…

    I always look forward to the Super Bowl and the special commercials, and was rooting like crazy for the 49ers yesterday 🙂

    THe rolls look perfect, and what a great idea sweet potato “burgers”. Love it! You could even stick a kale chip or two on top…

  4. Heather says:

    These look awesome and I bet my 9 month old will love them too since he loves sweet potatoes in general. I might have to talk my husband into them, but they look sooooo good!

  5. Did you make these for me? I am soooooooo making this whole meal this week! I love how quick the buns are. I wish I had off today because this would be my lunch! Perfect!! You should watch the Super Bowl, if not to eat munches and see the commercials. That’s what I do, but since San Francisco is in the big game it’s my duty to watch. Plus it’s brother against brother this year, which will make it fun!! Can you believe the coaches from opposing teams are brothers? Crazy!! Ok, I am sooooo making this burger tonight!!

  6. Yesssss! Love the look of these. Everything about them sounds amazing!!

  7. Lora says:

    All these flavors are right up my alley. I’ve been playing around with smoked paprika as well, but in the sweet arena. I could eat these for lunch every day. Don’t get the sports thing either. I tune in for the halftime show. Don’t ask me what teams are playing. No clue.

  8. Amy says:

    Ugh. Football. The only redeeming thing about football IS the Super Bowl. So I can have people over and eat gobs of finger food (or sweet potato burgers) and knowing the season will be over soon 😉

  9. Gloria says:

    Love this Joanne look tempting, sometimes I prefer be alone LOL

  10. Danielle says:

    These sliders sounds great! I love making my own bread – I call it “my need to knead” (Im so witty I know) – would love to try making these!

  11. Lynn says:

    Hmmm – these look pretty good, especially the avocado!

  12. These look like magic. Tasty, tasty magic.

  13. Nicole, RD says:

    Oh my…these look amazing! For sure Super Bowl-worthy!!

  14. They look awesome. If you are preparing these for someone, perhaps tell them its spicy pork burgers, and have a good laugh when they bite into it:)

  15. Pam says:

    The sliders look amazing! I love that you made your own buns. YUMMY!

  16. bellini says:

    Mmmm, these do sound good Joanne. Love the sounds of roasted garlic cream, it just rolls off the tongue …

  17. I like this post…made me laugh and hungry. What a wonderfl idea!

  18. sandra says:

    I was going to make stuffed sweet potatoes this evening but I think these’d be even better. May try black beans instead of cannellini.

  19. I think you are right Joanne…he might even go the “Barney Gumble” on that Cheez whiz can…upside down underneath it while his mates yell “CHUG…CHUG…” like a terrifying version of Animal House…You are just going to have to feed him LOTS of kale after the event to counteract the whiz ;). We have our own version of “football” here where no-one wears protection and they all spend the time on the field trying to put each other into hospital and apparently it is very entertaining to the male population but I have never seen the point, especially as they play it in winter…OOO I get a yeasty website too? This post is the bomb! Love the recipe, by the way, and am going to test it on my non cheez whiz chugging husband (Mr “longsuffering” himself) this weekend. Nothing not to love here, its pure food sensation meets tv watching happiness and although he is likely to be watching the Dakar while he eats them, these are going to go down like wildfire 🙂

  20. These look ridiculous! Love this recipe. I always send P- away for nights with the boys with dreams of nachos and poutine…I need to start sending food with him! I’d definitely sleep better.

  21. How funny – I just made sliders too. Not to your liking – they contain animal – and not as awesome because they aren’t on homemade bread, but regardless it’s apparently a slider kind of week!

  22. Debbie says:

    I AM going to make this……I want to eat less meat and this is a great way to start…..

  23. Guru Uru says:

    I love sliders there is something so particularly appealing about them 🙂

    Choc Chip Uru

  24. I like the idea of making my own slider buns and keeping them in the freezer!

  25. Katie says:

    Sweet potatoes and beans together sound fantastic. These little guys look beautiful, and I bet the smoky taste adds something special.

  26. Hotly Spiced says:

    What amazing looking burgers. I love the look of these Joanne and I just adore avocado in a burger. I watched your video (last blog post). Well done! I can imagine it’s not an easy thing to do xx

  27. I cannot even believe you made those buns! They are PERFECT!!! I thought they were grocery store rolls! And they’re wheat flour no less- even more amazing to get them to rise like that!

  28. Yum! I have made a similar sweet potato burger. However, you totally outdid me with the roasted garlic cream and buns!!!! I’m not a huge Super Bowl lover but I will be making these in order to impress my new friends! Thanks in advance!

  29. These burgers look great. I love sweet potatoes. It’s awesome that you even made the rolls!

  30. I love the sound of these, Joanne! We love sweet potatoes and veggie burgers…combining them is a great idea!

  31. These sound much, much better than cheez whiz! I am actually making sliders for Superbowl too, a buffalo chicken version 🙂

  32. Good grief, Joanne! Spicy sweet potatoes… avocado… roasted garlic cream… in between homemade whole wheat buns?! It’s like all my favorite things in a roll. Wantttt.

  33. Those slider buns look amazing… so fresh and moist!

  34. Those buns look so perfectly fluffy and delicious. I’d inhale a few before stuffing them but these burgers are pretty perfect.

  35. There is not one thing I do not like about that slider. The burger, bun, topping…the perfect combo! I’ve been looking for a new veggie burger recipe so can’t wait to try this one!

  36. Karis says:

    I’ve been on a bread making kick lately and I’d love to try this bun recipe. I’d be happy if mine turned out just a fraction of how well yours did!

  37. Sammie says:

    Aww! I bet your boy is gonna miss you and think of you while having his first game without you! These sliders are definitely gonna help fill the void a little though 😉 and I gotta try that rapid rise yeast!!!

  38. Candace says:

    That is most interesting burger I’ve ever seen. David and I have just agreed to make them. Soon. He’s making the rolls. I’ll be making the burgers. I can’t wait!

  39. OohLookBel says:

    Those sliders are so tempting that even a football match in the background wouldn’t distract me from them. And those burger buns look so light and fluffy. Delish!

  40. Natalie says:

    I just pinned this recipe! My god all of the flavors of this sound sooo good, you basically had me at roasted garlic cream….

  41. Juliana says:

    These sliders look awesome Joanne, and I cannot believe that you made the buns too…you are amazing!
    Have a great week my dear.

  42. Reeni Pisano says:

    These look so insanely delicious! Every fiber of my being wants to eat them right now. Roasted garlic cream? I need some of that in my life. Immediately.

  43. Aw daaaang grizzle, these are tremendous! I have these pinned to two boards to ensure I remember to make them once I’m off the first cycle of my diet which cuts out starches. I can not wait to make these!

  44. Everything about these looks amazing. I definitely want to try to make my own slider buns!

  45. Jessie says:

    Even though I’m definitely in your camp concerning the Superbowl and all related activities that require sudden locomotion (except running, of course), I’m totally on board with these hearty and delicious (and adorable!) sliders. And potato burgers are so creative! I’ll make these for my non-Superbowl party 😉

  46. did you read my mind today? Seriously, did you? Was so craving a burger and sweet potato fries and this sweet potato burger seems like the perfect answer

  47. Eileen says:

    Sweet potato in burger form? Yes, please! I love the idea of adding roasted garlic too. And the fact that this makes 12 so I can keep lots of emergency homemade delicious burgers in the freezer!

  48. Tandy says:

    Personally I would set up a make it yourself table as men are so fussy!

  49. That Girl says:

    Honestly, I would think he’d be thrilled to spend the Super Bowl with true fans. I know most of my friends were always thrilled when they don’t have to explain every little football detail to my husband.

  50. Love these sweet potato burgers! They look really delicious and healthy.

  51. Kari says:

    I think I might take these and skip the sport, if that’s acceptable to you 😉 Gorgeous looking burgers!

  52. Kevin says:

    Those sweet potato burgers look so good and homemade buns are a great way to go!

  53. OMG these are so my style of delicious! I will have to try these this week. They look amazing.

  54. Jenn says:

    Wow, these look amazing… thanks for sharing! Definitely will be trying them when hockey playoffs roll around 🙂

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    (¸.·´ (¸.·`¤… Jennifer

  55. This post makes me so happy and hungry for these smoky burgers with on Whole Wheat Sliders ! It came out beautifully and looks JUST like my grandmother’s (I know my grandmother didn’t know what a Superbowl Sunday is, and neither am i interested in those scores but seriously, but it does). I’m glad the sweet potato burgers came out with the right texture, I’ve been told it’s hard to master and I hope to achieve the same success when I make burgers for my husbands game nights.

  56. I’m one of those weird people who really likes whole wheat bread more than white bread!

  57. Cathleen says:

    Haha, I love homemade bread, but I’m always reluctant because I have no time. But this looks like the perfect superbowl food, thanks!

  58. What a great alternative to junky football food!

  59. This is such a fun twist on sliders -a perfect addition to any Super Bowl party! (I loooooves me some football, actually.) ;P Yummy buns, too!

  60. Kristina says:

    Ooo I’m in love with these!! Sweet potatoes + garlic cream and avocado sound absolutely divine. Definitely much much better than a frozen bag of turkey burgers 🙂

  61. Nina says:

    Sweet potatoes in a burger sounds exciting to me.I am a big fan of roasted garlic…garlicky sweet potatoes….wow sounds soo good!!!

  62. Robin says:

    Wow….can’t wait to try this. I am not a big meat eater and this looks good and healthy…thanks

  63. teresa says:

    i can barely handle how delicious these look! i’ve never heard of sweet potato burgers, where have they been all my life!

  64. Sara says:

    These little sliders look so good! I LOVE sweet potatoes as the base for veggie burgers, and that roasted garlic sauce looks incredible!

  65. I need this in my life. These look like the most amazing sweet potato burgers I’ve ever seen. And that yogurt dressing? Damn. Key to MY HEART.

  66. Katerina says:

    Smoked paprika is the best and gives such a special kick to the food! Lovely burgers Joanne!

  67. Karen says:

    I’m in love with smoked paprika. These sound so good!

  68. You’ve done it again, Jo. I love love love how your mind thinks…forrreals =)

  69. oh man, i would LOVE one of these right now for a mid afternoon snack. eating lunch at 11 am wasn’t a good idea… haha. that avocado looks delish!

  70. katiez says:

    Love sweet potatoes… These are definitely better than Cheez Whiz (They really still make that?)

  71. Dining Alone says:

    woah, sweet potatoes in a slider with garlic anything sounds amazing. I love sweet and savory and delicious all rolled into one recipe.

  72. These look so scrumptious, Joanne! Every time I’m visit you wow me with another fabulous vegetarian recipe!

  73. Homemade slider buns have been on my bucket list forever! Can’t wait to try this – even though the yeast thing really does freak me out.

  74. daphne says:

    Oh u make it sound so easy! But what got my attention was the paprika sweet potato patties. I can have them with cheese any day!

  75. Johanna GGG says:

    men running around after a ball doesn’t enthuse me but these cute sliders do – definitely would perk up any superbowl gathering

  76. Ummm hello your rolls are totally pro! My rolls end up looking pretty sad lol.

  77. It’s funny, I just made a breadstick recipe from Breadworld except I used storebought pizza dough instead of making my own because I’m lazy haha .. But homemade buns make all the difference in burgers – these look fantastic!

  78. First, I’m with you on football. I don’t get it. I’ll do the Super Bowl Party, only for the food. I’ll watch the commercials, and that’s it. As for the burgers, they are such a gorgeous color! I make a white slider, but these whole wheat ones look really, really good. I am planning on making sliders for Super Bowl. Yours are much healthier, though.

  79. Blond Duck says:

    I have a bowl full of sweet potatoes I know what to do with!

  80. grace says:

    what terrific patties, joanne! the accompaniments are terrific, but the charred and spicy patties take the cake.

  81. I love homemade buns…totally worth the effort and we use the rapid rise stuff too, works great. Filling them with these smoky sweet potato burgers sounds like the perfect thing to make my socks go up and down.

  82. elly says:

    The line about you waking up in cold sweats cracked me up. 🙂 These look awesome. I love that the sweet potato is mixed with beans – totally want to give these a try, maybe even just as-is with a fried egg on top. Mmm.

  83. Chris says:

    Now that I have made three pie crusts in the past week, I think I’m ready to take on something yeast based like these slider buns.

  84. Sweet potato + bean sliders? Sounds amazing! Can’t wait to try. My friends are not super adventurous eaters, so these sound more like a delicious dinner than something I could bring to a super bowl party… but totally their own loss! Sound perfect with some avocado.

  85. Delightful little sliders, Joanne! I’ve had garbanzo bean sliders that I loved so I know these would taste great with the sweet potato in them. Your rolls turned out great!

  86. Laura says:

    I love football 🙂 but not really pro. I also love these sweet potato and bean burgers. Pinning… for when I can eat anything with fiber again lol.

  87. MadAnne says:

    I had a hard time forming these into patties, maybe I should have chilled them longer?

  88. those buns look perfect! ha. 🙂 and i’m loving these sliders, total comfort!

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  92. Candace says:

    I can’t wait to make these this weekend! I just have a small question: In the ingredients list, it calls for 2 bulbs of garlic, and then 2 garlic cloves…And in the instructions the only mention of garlic is to “combine the greek yogurt with the roasted garlic cloves. Does any garlic go into the actual “burgers” and do I take 2 cloves from the roasted garlic bulbs to mix with the yogurt?

    • joanne says:

      So sorry about that confusion!! The 2 whole garlic bulbs should be prepared and roasted as described in step 3 and then mixed with the yogurt in step 5. The 2 minced garlic cloves should be added to the burgers with the panko, flour, etc. in step 4.

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