Sweet Potato Chickpea Quinoa Burgers

 

Let me start by saying, Mondays off work are the BEST.

I feel like when I have a Monday off, I can actually fully enjoy my weekend from beginning to end. No pre-work routines on Sunday afternoons bringing me down. No need to go to bed early to get ready for my 5 am wake up. No Sunday night jitters about crazy things happening in the week ahead. I can just relax, and cook, and see friends, and work out, and play with my puppy, and live Sunday to the absolute fullest.

Yeah, I vote we should have every Monday off 😉

 

Sweet Potato Chickpea Quinoa Burgers {vegan, gluten free} // pumpkinandpeanutbutter.com

 

In a perfect world, right?!?

Well I certainly took advantage of this longggg weekend and packed it full with friends, delicious food, and even a few blog recipes I’ve been meaning to test out and photograph over the past few weeks. Oh, and lots of play time with Augie, of course 🙂

Thanks to all that cooking I was able to do, my fridge is now fully stocked with salads, veggies, chili and treats for the week— which is a pretty darn good thing since I just polished off the last of THESE veggie burgers that I had stocked away in my freezer. Trust me, it didn’t take long for us to plow through this batch of deliciousness.

 

Sweet Potato Chickpea Quinoa Burgers {vegan, gluten free} // pumpkinandpeanutbutter.com

Sweet Potato Chickpea Quinoa Burgers {vegan, gluten free} // pumpkinandpeanutbutter.com

 

Homemade veggie burgers are something I always like to have on hand, mostly for quick weeknight meals when both Nate and I get home late (and we’re RAVENOUS). They’re kind of the perfect dinner just in itself— packed with protein, fiber, and flavor from fresh herbs and spices. Especially these burgers.

These Sweet Potato Chickpea Quinoa Burgers are kind of the perfect little veggie burger package. In one hand-held meal you’ve got lots of whole grains, nutritious sweet potatoes, protein-packed chickpeas, fresh cilantro, and flavorful spices— dinner on the fly really couldn’t get better than that!

I adapted these burgers from one of my favorite recipes from my very first few months of blogging, these Sweet Potato Black Bean Burgers. I don’t know what it is about sweet potatoes, but they act as such a perfect binder for veggie burgers and allow for this wonderful texture (soft on the inside, crisp on the outside). Better yet, these burgers can so easily be made ahead and frozen for a few weeks— which is a huge bonus for me since I love planning for busy nights ahead of time.

 

Sweet Potato Chickpea Quinoa Burgers {vegan, gluten free} // pumpkinandpeanutbutter.com

Sweet Potato Chickpea Quinoa Burgers {vegan, gluten free} // pumpkinandpeanutbutter.com

 

So it’s Labor Day Monday, aka it feels like a Sunday, so let’s all make burgers and maybe some homemade curly fries while we’re at it! Then pop those leftovers in the freezer and you’ve got dinner ready to go for next week.

Hope you guys have an amazing day off— whether it involves a barbecue with friends and family, or just chilling on the couch with some Netflix and delicious food!

 

Sweet Potato Chickpea Quinoa Burgers {vegan, gluten free} // pumpkinandpeanutbutter.com

Sweet Potato Chickpea Quinoa Burgers {vegan, gluten free} // pumpkinandpeanutbutter.com

Sweet Potato Chickpea Quinoa Burgers

Serves 8
Prep time 45 minutes
Cook time 40 minutes
Total time 1 hours, 25 minutes
Dietary Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Meal type Main Dish

Ingredients

  • 3 sweet potatoes, cut in half the long way
  • 1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup of old fashioned oats, roughly ground
  • 3/4 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1/2 cup red onion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • ½ cup of cilantro leaves, packed
  • toppings: red onion, tomato, lettuce, spicy brown mustard, ketchup
  • bun: whole wheat (use gluten free if needed)

Note

adapted from pumpkin & peanut butter's sweet potato black bean burgers

Directions

Step 1
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Place sweet potato halves on a baking dish, flat side down. Let them cook for 25-30 minutes, or until they are soft to the touch. Pull them out of the oven to cool. Once cooled, remove the sweet potato from the skins. Discard the skins and set the sweet potato aside.
Step 2
In a food processor, blend 1 cup of old fashioned oats until roughly ground. Pour into a separate bowl and set aside. Into the food processor, now add chickpeas, quinoa, red onion, cilantro, and spices. Pulse for a few times until just mixed, then add the sweet potato and blend until everything is combined. Last, add the ground oats and blend until just mixed. You want the mixture to still have a chunky texture, which helps the burgers keep their shape.
Step 3
Spray nonstick cooking spray onto a skillet and place over medium high heat. Form the burgers into medium sized patties and add 3-4 onto the skillet at a time. Cook each side for 4-5 minutes, or until each side is browned and the center is cooked through. I like to eat my burger on a whole wheat bun, with some red onion, fresh tomato, and spicy brown mustard! They are also great in a lettuce wrap or simply by themselves with some fresh avocado on top.

Sweet Potato Chickpea Quinoa Burgers {vegan, gluten free} // pumpkinandpeanutbutter.com

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Hi, I’m Liz and this is my food blog where I share my love of healthy foods and whole ingredients. You will find mostly vegetarian dishes, plenty of sweets, and lots of love from this little kitchen in Durham, North Carolina!

8 Comments

  1. Mmm! Liz, these look so easy and perfect! I just moved back into my apartment in Montreal and I am starting school tomorrow! These are definitely getting made before everything picks up and I have no time to cook! 🙂

    • Thanks girl!! Good luck with the start of school 🙂 Definitely whip up a big batch (or two) for the freezer!

  2. These look amazing!! I’ve never had sweet potatoes in burger form before and I think I am definitely missing out. Can’t wait to try these!

  3. These look AMAZING! I can’t wait to try them! And yes, Mondays off are the best! Glad you were able to enjoy it!

  4. I lovelovelove chickpea burgers. I hope you enjoyed your Monday off! I always loved having Labor Day off when I was in school. It was like one last glorious taste of summer 🙂

    • SO true! It was such a nice little treat after the first week of school 🙂 Hope you had a wonderful day too!

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