Delicious veggie burgers packed with sweet potato and chickpeas and lightly spiced with cajun seasoning.
Hello, it’s Ciara here again from My Fussy Eater and I’m delighted to be back here on Super Healthy Kids sharing my recipes and ideas for feeding picky eating families. Today I’ve got summer on my brain and nothing says summer like big juicy burger eaten on picnic blankets in the garden!
In an effort to get my children to eat a more varied diet and to eat less meat in general, I decided to make these Veggie Burgers. They are super easy to make and contain just two basic but really nutritious ingredients; sweet potato and chickpeas, mixed with some cajun seasoning and garlic powder.
The amount of cajun seasoning you should add will depend on how mild or spicy you want your burgers to be. You can also change up the flavour altogether by adding other herbs and spices; these burgers are completely customizable!
These burgers are gluten, dairy, egg and nut free so they make a great choice for families dealing with allergies and are also suitable for vegans too. I also made a delicious vibrant green Avocado Mayo to go with them, which is so tasty in the burger or just used as a general dip for crudites or chips!
I think its worth mentioning here by I didn’t use a food processor to break down the chickpeas and mix them with the sweet potato. If you make the burgers this way the mixture becomes to wet and mulchy and you then need to add in some breadcrumbs to firm it up. However, by mashing the chickpeas by hand with a fork they keep some of their texture which holds the burger together better and also gives them a lovely bite.
Freezing the patties before cooking is also another essential tip as this makes them completely firm so that they don’t fall apart as they cook.
Cajun Sweet Potato and Chickpea Veggie Burger
- 4 medium hamburger buns, whole wheat
- 4 leaf outer lettuce
- 1 medium tomato, red
- 1/2 medium onion
- Cook the sweet potatoes either by baking them in the oven or cooking them in the microwave. To microwave them, put the sweet potatoes on a sheet of kitchen paper, pierce each several times with a sharp knife and cook on high for 4-5 minutes until soft.
- Spoon the flesh out of the sweet potatoes into a large bowl. Mash the chickpeas and then add to the bowl with the sweet potatoes. Add the cajun spice, mixed herbs and garlic powder and mix well. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Form the mixture into 4 patties, put on a plate and place them in the freezer for 20-30 minutes to firm up. Meanwhile preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Remove the patties from the freezer and place onto a lined baking tray. Bake in the oven for 25 minutes, turning once.
- Make the avocado mayo by placing the avocado flesh, lime juice and garlic powder in a food processor. Blitz until everything is well combined and smooth. Slowly drizzle in the olive oil while blending. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
- Once the patties are cooked, remove from the oven and build your own burger with a bread bun, lettuce, tomato, onion and a dollop of avocado mayo!
I'm a registered dietitian, mom of 4, avid lover of food and strong promoter of healthy habits. Here you will find lots of delicious recipes full of fruits and veggies, tips for getting your kids to eat better and become intuitive eaters and lots of resources for feeding your family.Learn More about Natalie