Delicious plant-based Vegan Sweet Potato Chickpea Burgers with smoky barbecue sauce! Made with wholesome ingredients, are oil-free, gluten-free and loaded with flavor!

PREP TIME 40 mins

COOK TIME 40 mins

TOTAL TIME 1 hr 20 mins


CUISINE American, Gluten-free, Vegan

YIELDS 5 burgers


  • one 15 oz can low-sodium chickpeas, drained and rinsed well (or 1 1/2 cups cooked, 255g)
  • 1 cup (230g) cooked mashed sweet potato (either roasted whole or microwaved, don’t steam)
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons (150g) smoky barbecue sauce
  • 1/4 cup coarse medium-grind cornmeal
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Optional veggie add-ins: corn, green onions, chopped parsley


  • 1 cup tomato puree/sauce
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 4 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons liquid smoke
  • 1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder


  • If making my barbecue sauce (recommended!!) then simply combine the “5 minute smoky barbecue sauce” ingredients in a small bowl until smooth. Now, try not to eat it all with a spoon. It tastes even better after sitting in the fridge overnight, so make it the day before the burgers if possible. You will only need 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons of the sauce for the burgers, reserve the rest for topping the burgers with.
  • Next, cook your sweet potato whole (with skin on) either by roasting it at 400 degrees (fahrenheit, 205 degrees celsius) until super soft or cook it in the microwave. Steaming or boiling is not recommended, as too much water will get in the potatoes. Let it cool some before peeling off the skin and mash it completely with a fork. Measure out 1 cup fully filled (no gaps) mashed sweet potato.
  • Drain and rinse your chickpeas and pat dry. Add them to a large bowl and mash completely with a fork to where no visible whole chickpeas remain.
  • Add the cooled potato to the chickpeas.
  • Add the barbecue sauce (only 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons), cornmeal, chili powder, smoked paprika and salt to the mix and stir until combined and thick. Taste and add any more salt if needed or spice. Note: the batter will be moist and soft, not stiff like you might expect, but they will be completely firm by the end of baking.
  • Place in the fridge for at least 20 minutes to firm up some.
  • Preheat an oven to 375°F and line a sheet pan with parchment paper. Form the mixture into patties using a 1/2 cup measuring cup by packing it in and flattening the top. You will get 5 burgers this way. If you want them more slider size, use a 1/4 cup. The mixture should be fairly easy to form into patties with your hands. Flatten them to about 3/4 inch.
  • Bake for 30 minutes on the first side. It will take this long to cook before you will be able to flip them. Remove and you must flip them carefully using a metal spatula. Using a spatula should make it fairly easy to slide it underneath the burgers. They should have started to form a cooked bottom. It they are sticking too much, cook them a few minutes longer until they come up better. After flipped, cook 10-15 more minutes until they have a nice golden brown top. The longer you cook them, the crispier the exterior will be. Let them cool 10 minutes to firm up some before eating.
  • Layer your burgers with avocado,tomatoes, extra barbecue sauce, lettuce or any toppings you desire!


Nutrition stats of course does not cover buns or additional toppings on the burger. It is for the burger patties only. 


I have not tried freezing these, but I think that would work okay. Make sure to wrap them up tightly and seal them inside a sealed container after wrapping them. I would thaw them first and then reheat them on low in the oven at 300°F for about 10-15 minutes until hot.


Serving: 1burgerCalories: 142kcalCarbohydrates: 30.1gProtein: 4.3gFat: 0.9gSaturated Fat: 0.1gSodium: 349mgPotassium: 234mgFiber: 2.6gSugar: 9gCalcium: 26mgIron: 4mg