Easy Chickpea Sweet Potato Sliders + Aioli

August 14, 2019

When it comes to these Easy Chickpea Sweet Potato Sliders + Aioli, no words are needed to describe the delicious flavors in each small bite. A nice twist on a classic veggie burger, these sliders are packed with a ‘meaty’ patty made completely from chickpea, sweet potatoes, amazing seasonings, and paired with a delicious homemade garlic aioli sauce. All dairy-free ingredients, super easy to make, and perfect for any weeknight or weekend dinner.

Easy Chickpea Sweet Potato Sliders + Aioli

It’s that time again, ya’ll! That time for a good burger recipe. I know. It’s been a while since I’ve created a burger recipe for Orchids + Sweet Tea.

To be honest, I find it so hard to photograph burgers since they are generally imperfect and often messy (while not compromising flavor at all—I might add). However, I think that these factors are what make a burger a great recipe to share since most of us love a good messy piece of good food. Am I right? Haha.

Well, I’m super excited to share these little burgers with you all because they are not only so good, BUT they are entirely dairy-free, which means that most of us can thoroughly enjoy these! Thank me later!

Easy Cauliflower Sweet Potato Sliders + Aioli

When it comes to these sliders, I chose to use my favorite buns—pretzel buns. Honestly, I’ve had many other types such as brioche, sweet roll buns, and the list goes on. However, I love pretzel buns because they hold up VERY well!

Since I’m a Southern girl at heart, I tend to forget about portion sizes and I like to “Go Big or Go Home”. Haha.

So of course, although these sliders are mini in size, I like to make my veggie patties a little more on the thick side. Can you tell?

Besides, I add a little greens, tomatoes, sometimes onions, and a ton of sauce to my burgers, so I definitely need a bun that can hold it all in place for a good bite. These pretzel buns surely do the trick.

Easy Chickpea Sweet Potato Sliders + Aioli

When it comes to using chickpea, I’m a super fan! Not only is a can of chickpea extremely convenient and inexpensive, but chickpeas are such a universal ingredient. I couldn’t tell you the amount of things that I’ve used chickpea in.

This Homemade Vegan Chickpea Quinoa Meatball Subs recipe is truly something special and is the perfect rendition of the traditional New York Marinara Sub. Loaded with savory, spicy and sweet flavors, these ‘meatball subs’ made from only veggies are moist, flavorful, and tender; wrapped in a toasted pretzel hot dog bun and topped with melted vegan mozzarella. 

This Vegan ‘Cheese’ Polenta + Kale Pesto + Roasted Chickpea will be ranked one of the best dishes eaten all year, believe me! It’s based with creamy polenta, followed by a tasty kale pesto sauce, and topped with roasted chickpeas that have been lightly dressed with buffalo sauce. This dish surely boasts of bold flavors that marry so well together for one great bowl of goodness. The perfect breakfast or dinner option.

This Healthy Loaded Kale Salad with Spicy Chickpeas recipe is truly a bowl full of goodness! It’s the perfect meal for any occasion and is made with whole, real ingredients. It comes fully loaded with roasted veggies, brown rice, quinoa, kale, and spicy chickpeas and tossed in your favorite vegan dressing. Vegan and Gluten-Free.

This Vegan Chickpea + Broccoli Mashed Potato Bowl is the perfect easy weekday meal or perhaps something simple for a laid-back weekend. Based with creamy mashed potatoes and topped with a spicy BBQ Sriracha Chickpea and Broccoli combination. Completely dairy-free and vegan.

Health Benefits of Chickpea?

For those of you who aren’t aware, another name for Chickpeas are Garbanzo Beans. Despite the most recent craze, chickpeas have been around for thousand of years and originate from the Middle East.

Chickpeas have such a great texture and nutty flavor, which allows them to successfully pair well with a lot of other ingredients, especially in vegan and/or vegetarian recipes.

When it comes to the health benefits of Chickpea, here a few awesome reasons why you should probably add this simple ingredient to your diet more often:

  • Packed with Nutrients + have a moderate amount of calories!
  • Rich in Plant-Based Proteins!
  • Support Blood Sugar Control.
  • Full of Fiber + might aide digestion.
  • May protect against Chronic Diseases (such as heart Disease, Cancer, Diabetes, etc.)
  • May Help keep your appetite under control (Think about how protein + fiber helps to slow down digestion, therefore keeping you full longer!).

This Vegan Chickpea + Quinoa ‘Meatballs’ + Polenta recipe is truly something special. Loaded with savory, spicy and sweet flavors, these ‘meatballs’ made from veggies are moist, silky, and tender. This dish is the perfect meal for dinner for the family on any given day.

However, if you’re really into Sweet Potato, then this Vegan Sweet Potato Pasta w/ Kale + Spinach is the perfect way to enjoy a good plate of creamy pasta much like the classic Alfredo version, without the dairy and cheese and of course with the amazing texture of Pappardelle noddles.

 

These Thick + Fluffy Sweet Potato Pancakes are healthy, dairy-free, and are the perfect way to kick-start your day. Whether you want an awesome seasonal flavor or just something sweetly homemade, this recipe makes for a great breakfast or brunch dish in just 25 minutes–total.

These Sweet + Spicy Honey Chili Wedges are phenomenal. They come jam-packed with flavor and starts off as crispy baked sweet potato wedges which are generously dressed in a tasty Honey Chili sauce. The perfect summer appetizer or a great side dish option for BBQs and Cookouts. Vegan option available.

You’re sure to LOVE the flavors in these Sweet Potato Berry Breakfast Boats. Packed with velvety roasted insides of the sweet potato, tartness of the blueberries + blackberries, along with the nuttiness of the peanut butter and top things off—a slather of greek yogurt for a touch of sweetness; these breakfast boats are the perfect way to kick start your day, meal prep for the week ahead, or even to enjoy for brunch.

Easy Cauliflower Sweet Potato Sliders + Aioli

Now, let’s take a bite into this recipe, shall we?

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.

Combine the sweet potatoes and chickpea to a food processor and pulse until everything becomes broken down and “pastey”. Add in breadcrumbs, egg, and seasoning and continue to pulse until well combined. **NOTE: It’s completely fine to still see a few chunks in the mixture. No need to pulse until smooth unless preferred; if too wet, add a bit more breadcrumbs until thick enough to “bind together + form a patty”.**

Now, form mixture into 6 mini burger patties (using both hands gently), patting down as needed to ensure that everything sticks together well, while shaping it to be “thick” if preferred.

Next, heat a large skillet with 2 Tbsps of unsalted butter on medium-high heat and once fully heated, add burger patties and let it golden and crisp on each side.

Once fully crisped + charred, remove from heat and place skillet directly in the oven (once oven safe) and bake for 10-15 minutes.

In the meantime, make the garlic aioli sauce.

For Garlic Aioli:

Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl and whisk together thoroughly. Refrigerate for until ready to use.

Once burgers are cooked through, remove from oven.

To assemble sliders: warm your favorite slider buns, add your favorite greens (I used arugula) atop the bottom bun, then add Chickpea Sweet Potato burger patty, then sliced/diced tomatoes and the top bun (spooned with the Garlic Aioli sauce). Repeat until all sliders are made.

Serve with homemade fries, sweet potato fries, wedges, or salad if preferred. Wallah!

Bon Appetite!

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Easy Chickpea Sweet Potato Sliders + Aioli
Easy Chickpea Sweet Potato Sliders + Aioli

Easy Chickpea Sweet Potato Sliders + Aioli

Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 50 mins
Total Time: 1 hr
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Ingredients

  • 1 (15 oz. can) chickpeas, drained + rinsed
  • 2 medium sweet potatoes, roasted  (See Notes!)
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup organic breadcrumbs + more if needed! (See Notes for Homemade!)
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1 Tbsp dried parsley
  • pinch of sea salt
  • pinch of black pepper

Garlic Aioli

  • 1/2 cup vegan mayo (I use Earth's Balance)
  • 4 tsps lemon juice (That's about 1/2 a lemon!)
  • 2  garlic cloves, crushed + minced
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • pinch of dried parsley

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Combine the sweet potatoes and chickpea to a food processor and pulse until everything becomes broken down and "pastey". Add in breadcrumbs, egg, and seasoning and continue to pulse until well combined. **NOTE: It's completely fine to still see a few chunks in the mixture. No need to pulse until smooth unless preferred; if too wet, add a bit more breadcrumbs until thick enough to "bind together + form a patty".**
  • Now, form mixture into 6 mini burger patties (using both hands gently), patting down as needed to ensure that everything sticks together well, while shaping it to be "thick" if preferred.
  • Next, heat a large skillet with 2 Tbsps of unsalted butter on medium-high heat and once fully heated, add burger patties and let it golden and crisp on each side.
  • Once fully crisped + charred, remove from heat and place skillet directly in the oven (once oven safe) and bake for 10-15 minutes.
  • In the meantime, make the garlic aioli sauce.

For Garlic Aioli:

  • Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl and whisk together thoroughly. Refrigerate for until ready to use.

Assembly:

  • Once burgers are cooked through, remove from oven.
  • To assemble sliders: warm your favorite slider buns, add your favorite greens (I used arugula) atop the bottom bun, then add Chickpea Sweet Potato burger patty, then sliced/diced tomatoes and the top bun (spooned with the Garlic Aioli sauce). Repeat until all sliders are made.
  • Serve with homemade fries, sweet potato fries, wedges, or salad if preferred. Wallah!
  • Bon Appetite!

Tips & Tricks

SWEET POTATOES: Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil. Rinse sweet potato and pat dry. Lightly coat potato with Extra Virgin Olive Oil and place in oven, baking for 45 minutes to 1 hour, until tender and juices begin to bubble outside of skin. Remove from oven, let cool for 10-15 minutes and slice in half. Remove sweet potato insides and place in a bowl, mashing it until “pureed”. Continue recipe.
MAKE AHEAD: Once patties are formed, place them on a parchment lined baking sheet and place plastic wrap over entire baking sheet. Clear enough space in your freezer to store burgers in it safely. Freeze them for about an hour or so before transferring them to a freezer safe zip loc bag. When ready to use, thaw them out in the refrigerator and continue remaining steps. 
STORAGE: When frozen, burgers can last up to 1 month for optimal freshness.
HOMEMADE BREADCRUMBS: To make your own breadcrumbs, simply grind 1-2 cups of cubed bread into a food processor until finely chopped. Place crumbs onto a parchment lined baking sheet and spread out evenly. Bake for 5-6 minutes in the oven set at 350 degrees Fahrenheit, stirring occasionally. Once brown + crisp, remove from oven and let cool. Continue recipe steps and store remaining breadcrumbs in a tightly sealed container. 

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  1. Shanika!!! I love chickpeas and love this idea!!!! This is great for entertaining and a wayyyy better vegetarian dish than just veggies and dip lol Thank you!! xx