Veggie sweet potato and chickpea burger

  • Sweet potato burger
Skill level
Keen cook
Preparation Time
15 minutes plus 30 minutes chilling time
Cooking Time
45 minutes
Serves 4
Main meal

Tickle your taste buds and get creative with this meat-free sweet potato burger.

Filled with nutritious cashews and chickpeas, this vegetarian burger is as appetising as it looks without the added guilt.


  • 2 large sweet potatoes
  • 1 400g tin of chickpeas
  • 20 cashew nuts, crushed
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 spring onions, finely chopped
  • 1/2 red chilli, seeds removed and finely sliced
  • 40g fresh coriander, leaves and stalks finely chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic, crushed
  • 80g breadcrumbs
  • 50g vegetarian Parmesan or Italian hard cheese, finely grated
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 4 brioche buns
  • Salt & pepper to season
  • Vegetable oil to fry

Toppings suggestions

  • Cheddar cheese
  • Tomato slices
  • Cucumber
  • Gherkin
  • Lettuce
  • Roasted red pepper
  • Sliced beetroot
  • Ketchup
  • Crème fraiche with 2 tsp. harissa paste mixed through


  1. 1Preheat oven to 180°C / Fan 160°C / Gas 4. Peel and grate the sweet potato onto an oven tray and place in the preheated oven for 25 minutes.
  2. 2Drain and rinse the chick peas. Place in a food processor and blitz until almost smooth
  3. 3Place the chickpeas in a large bowl and add the cashew nuts, spices, coriander, spring onion, chilli and garlic and season.
  4. 4Once the sweet potatoes have cooled add these to the other ingredients and use your hands to combine.
  5. 5Divide the mixture into 4 and form into burgers.
  6. 6Gently dip each burger into the beaten egg. Combine together the breadcrumbs and parmesan and roll the burgers until coated.
  7. 7Place the burgers on a lined baking tray and refrigerate for 30 minutes to set.
  8. 8Preheat the oven again to 180°C / fan 165°C / gas 4.
  9. 9Drizzle the vegetable oil into a frying pan and gently fry the burgers on each side until golden. Place the burgers on the baking tray and cook in the oven for 20 minutes.
  10. 10Assemble the burgers in the buns with preferred toppings.