Sweet Potato Falafel Burgers

I love sweet potatoes and if you regularly read or use my recipes you’ll know this. I love them in soup, stew, chilli, curry or as a side in mash, chips or baked. They probably make up about 25% of all my carbohydrate consumption.

So imagine my excitement then when I saw the amazing guys at The Happy Pear had a brilliant recipe I felt I could tweak to suit my taste in their cracking cookbook for falafel burgers made with sweet potatoes.

So below is my vegan Sweet Potato Falafel Burger recipe – I think they are the nicest I’ve ever made and I hope you do too.


  • 1 large sweet potato
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 leek
  • 6 spring onions
  • 400g chickpeas
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 medium chilli
  • 2tbsp of soy sauce and squeeze half lemon
  • Spices/herbs - 2tsp cumin, coriander, paprika, 1tsp chilli powder, salt & pepper
  • Enough sesame seeds to cover the burgers

How to

  1. Peel and chop the sweet potato into small squares and roast in the oven at medium heat for 20-25 minutes.
  2. While the potatoes are roasting fry the onion, garlic, chilli, leeks for a few minutes to cook through.
  3. Remove the potatoes from the oven but keep the oven on, and take the onions garlic etc. off the heat.
  4. Add all the ingredients except the sesame seeds to a food processor and blitz it all together to form a thick base.
  5. Form into similar sized burgers {should make about 6} and roll in the sesame seeds
  6. Return to the oven for a further 25 minutes and remove and enjoy.

Useful tip – if you find the mixture is too wet or too sticky to form burgers with, add a little gram flour, form into burgers, allow to cool and then keep in the fridge for a period before cooking in the oven later.

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