Chickpea Patties with Avocado or Tahini Sauce

Chickpea Patties

Chickpea Patties

Serves 4 (12 Patties)

These patties are more like crab cakes then they are burgers, but they are a good way to eat sweet potatoes which are packed with antioxidants, reduce internal and external inflammation (great for those who suffer from arthritis) and help to stabilize blood sugar. The carotenoids in the sweet potato help the body respond to insulin. Sweet potatoes also help resist diabetic heart disease with an abundance of Vitamin B6. They are high in soluble fiber (aids in lowering both blood sugar and cholesterol), and their abundance of chlorogenic acid may help decrease insulin resistance.

  • 1 C dried chickpeas {soaked and cooked} [a mix of chickpeas and black beans can be used with delightful results]
  • 1 small sweet potato {peeled and grated}
  • 3 T oil (olive or otherwise)
  • 3 tablespoons tahini
  • 1/2 T cumin
  • 1/2 t turmeric
  • 1/4 t freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 t baking powder
  • 1 t sea salt or to taste
  • cayenne to taste
  • 1 t nutritional yeast (optional)

Heat oven to 375°. Grate sweet potato (be sure not to load the potato in the food processor with the rest of the ingredients – this will give you a delicious corn-type bread batter rather than patties). In the food processor, process prepared beans, tahini, cumin, cayenne, baking powder, yeast (if using), pepper and salt, scraping down sides as necessary, until mixture holds together when pinched (2 minutes). Add a little oil if it seems too dry. Transfer to a bowl and stir in sweet potato.

Form chickpea and sweet potato mixture into burgers and place on an oiled baking sheet. Brush tops of patties with oil and dust with salt. Bake for 40 minutes and then flip and bake for 20 minutes more. Let rest for 5 minutes. Drizzle or cover with avocado or tahini sauce. Enjoy!

Avocado Sauce

  • 1 avocado
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1/2 t ground turmeric
  • 1/2 t chili powder
  • 1/2 t cumin
  • a pinch of dried oregano
  • 1 t minced garlic (optional)

Peel and pit avocado. Add lime, spices and garlic (optional). Place in blender and process until smooth. Pour over chickpea patties and enjoy!

  • 1/2 – 1 C water
  • 1 C tahini
  • 1/4 C lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 t cumin
  • 1/2 t paprika (smoked or otherwise)
  • salt and pepper to taste

Mix all ingredients in the blender or food processor. Add water until desired consistency.  Season with salt and pepper and serve drizzled over the chickpea patties. Enjoy!

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