Slightly crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, these sweet potato patties are not only super easy to whip up but are flavorful and nutritious! Enjoy for breakfast, as an easy side dish, or add to school lunch box.
Sweet Potato Patties Recipe
Sweet potatoes are one of the most versatile and nutritious foods, and I find myself turning to them a lot of times when I need to put food on the table fast!
I like to roast a whole bunch of sweet potatoes (you MUST try these Baked Korean sweet potatoes!) over the weekend so I can easily add them to various meals, like these sweet potato cookies, homemade teething biscuits, and this creamy sweet potato pasta sauce.
I also heart the combination of this root vegetable and quinoa. They compliment each other so well in this vegetarian lasagna, these chickpea patties, and now these sweet potato patties!
Made with just a handful of simple ingredients, you are going to love how simple and delicious these patties are!
The exact measurements are found in the recipe card below.
- Sweet potatoes - you will need 1 ½ - 2 medium potatoes.
- Quinoa - Yellow variety will work best but you can also use red quinoa, which has a slightly chewier texture and slightly nutty flavor.
- Cheese - My personal favorite is cheddar but you can use any shredded cheese of choice
- Oregano - Again, feel free to use whatever seasoning(s) you wish, such as smoked paprika, ground cumin, curry powder, etc. But do try with oregano the first time you make these!
- Almond flour - Added to hold the patties together. I wanted to keep this recipe gluten-free and egg-free but any flour (e.g all purpose flour, wheat flour) will work!
- In a large mixing bowl, mash the cooked sweet potatoes, using a potato masher or a fork. Add the rest of the ingredients.
- Form the sweet potato mixture into 8 even-sized balls then flatten into patties.
- Transfer to a large baking tray. This is hands down my FAV baking sheet. I also like to line it with a silicone baking mat. You can also use parchment paper or grease it.
- Bake, flipping once.
Tips for Success
Cook quinoa and sweet potatoes in advance so it's one less thing you have to do the day of. While you are at it, cook a large batch to enjoy throughout the week.
You can enjoy it in Korean beef and broccoli, meatballs, baked quinoa, and overnight quinoa, the perfect make ahead breakfast!
For sweet potatoes, my personal cooking method is roasting as they get nice and caramelized with a more intense flavor compared to steaming.
Don't force flip! Depending on the size of your patties, you may need to cook for longer before flipping.
They should flip easily (be gentle). If they don’t, return the pan back into the oven and cook for a few more minutes until they do. Otherwise, they will break.
These patties are a great finger food and also a complete meal for babies. They include an iron-rich food (quinoa), high calorie food (cheese), and a vegetable (sweet potatoes).
While absolutely delicious on their own, you can enjoy with any of these toppings for a boost of flavor and nutrition:
- Greek yogurt or sour cream
- Veggie loaded dips, such as:
- Ketchup or Ranch - if your child loves these condiments and are hesitant about trying new foods, like these patties, serving them alongside their beloved foods is a great way to encourage them to try new/disliked foods.
Now what if I told you that you can make ANY bean or yogurt dip with whatever you have on hand RIGHT NOW? With my formulas, you can whip up endless balanced and delicious concoctions without relying on recipes!
These sweet potato cakes are the perfect side dish. They also pack really well for school lunch boxes.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Absolutely! I like to bake them because it's easier and I don't have to baby sit it but if you prefer to fry them, here's what to do:
Heat oil in a cast iron or non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the patties and cook until golden, about 3-4 minutes on each side.
You can store in an airtight container for 3-4 days in the refrigerator or in the freezer for up to 3 months. What I recommend is flash freezing before transferring to an airtight container or a freezer-safe bag.
When ready to enjoy, thaw and bake at 350°F for 10-12 minutes. You can also microwave briefly or enjoy cold!
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Healthy Sweet Potato Patties
- 1 cup mashed sweet potatoes (240g or 1 ½ -2 medium)
- 1 cup cooked quinoa (130g)
- ½ cup shredded cheese (50g)
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon oregano
- 2 tablespoons almond flour (15g), or any flour of choice
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease a baking sheet or line with parchment paper or silicone baking mat.
- In a large bowl combine all the ingredients until well-incorporated. Form into 8 even-sized balls and press down into patties using your palms.
- Place on prepared baking sheet and bake for 25-30 minutes, flip halfway through.
- Serve with your favorite dip/sauce
So in the ingredients do you mean cooked quinoa by 130 grams raw and then cook that amount or I cook some and measure 130 gramms out of the cooked quinoa? Because it’s very confusing.
Hi! 130g cooked quinoa
Thanks for another easy meal!!
Sooo good. I made it for my baby but after tasting it, i’ll be making another batch for myself.
Yay!! Makes me so happy to hear that!!
We loved it! Could they be frozen "raw" and then cooked directly from the freezer to the oven?
Have leftover quinoa and sweet potato and thinking on storing for the future.
Yay!! I haven't tried but I'm sure it will be fine!
Jia Hui says
hi! do i pop the frozen patties straight into the oven to heat up or do you mean to thaw them, then bake for 10-12 minutes? Thank you!
I haven't tried baking straight from frozen so can't say for certain. I usually thaw in the fridge overnight
Hi! Is it ok to omit the cheese? will it not impact the patties sticking together?
It will! The cheese is really there for flavor!
Hi, if i dont have quinoa at home, is there anything else I can subsitute for that?
Any cooked grains will work. A lot of people told me they tried with millet and turned out well!
I have a bag of mixed brown rice with quinoa, will that be ok?
Hi! I think it will work!
I am constantly looking for easy and nutritious meals and snacks to make for my son. These are delicious and I enjoyed them as much as he did! I used plain gf flour (dove farm) and they came out really well for me.
So glad to hear! Thanks for taking the time to share!
Can you replace quinoa with rice?
This looks amazing! I can’t wait to try it for my toddler (and let’s be honest, for myself too!). Thanks for sharing this recipe! Have you ever added graded vegetables to this?
I haven't but you sure can!
Do you know of any quinoa substitutes that would work well in this recipe? Perhaps buckwheat groats?
Hi! texturally, don't think the groats will work. But some have suggested millet, rice, and couscous!