Chipotle Sweet Potato and Chickpea Burgers

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These vegetarian burgers are so loaded with flavor, you won’t miss the ground beef for a second! Especially when you load them up with chipotle lime sauce, arugula, and red onion – so tasty!



For the burgers:

  • 1 large sweet potato
  • 1 can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce + 1 teaspoon of sauce, chipotle pepper finely minced (see note)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup panko bread crumbs
  • Olive oil for pan

For the extras:

  • 4 whole wheat hamburger buns
  • Arugula
  • Red onion (you definitely won’t need more than 1/2), thinly sliced
  • Chipotle Lime Sauce (see recipe below)

For the Chipotle Lime Sauce:

  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 1/2 lime, juiced
  • 1 teaspoon adobo sauce from canned chipotles (see note)
  • Salt to taste


  1. Poke holes all over the sweet potato and bake in the microwave for 10 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, drain and rinse your chickpeas and add them to your food processor.
  3. When the sweet potato is done, slice it in half and carefully spoon out the “meat,” leaving just the skin behind. Spread the “meat” out on a plate and place in the freezer so it will cool quickly.
  4. When cool, add to the food processor with your chickpeas. Also add your 1/2 chipotle pepper, adobo sauce, cumin, garlic powder, paprika, salt, and egg.
  5. Pulse your food processor until everything is well combined and smooth.
  6. Transfer this mixture to a bowl and stir in your panko
  7. Form into 4 equal-ish sized patties.
  8. Heat a large skillet over medium heat with some olive oil.
  9. When hot, add your patties and cook until both sides are a deep golden brown (should be several minutes per side). When done, remove to several paper towels and let cool for a few minutes.
  10. Meanwhile, make your sauce. Combine all ingredients (sour cream, mayo, lime, adobo sauce, and salt) in a medium bowl and stir to combine.
  11. To assemble, start with your toasted bun, spread a dollop of sauce onto each bun half, then top with your burger, arugula, and red onion. Enjoy!


If you have never used chipotles in adobo sauce before, you can find them in a small can located in the Mexican section of your grocery store. There are several chipotles that sit in a thick sauce (adobo sauce). For this recipe, remove one chipotle pepper, cut in half, and only use that half along with the amount of adobo sauce required in the recipe.

To make this recipe even healthier, ditch the bun and just pile the sauce and toppings on top of the burger patty.