Sweet Potato Quinoa Patties with Creamy Cilantro Avocado Sauce

Recipe type: Burger, Vegetarian, Gluten Free, Vegan Friendly

Prep time: 30 mins

Cook time: 15 mins

Total time: 1 hr 20 mins

Yield: Makes 9 patties + 1 cup of sauce

Serving Size: 3 patties + 1/4 cup sauce

  • 1 medium sweet potato, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 2 extra large eggs
  • 1/2 cup onion, chopped finely (about 1/2 medium onion)
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tbsp refined coconut oil, divided

For the sauce

  • 1/2 avocado, cut into chunks
  • 1 cup packed fresh cilantro (about 1 bunch)
  • 1/2 garlic clove, germ removed, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 2 tbsp lime juice (about 1 large lime)
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tbsp water


  1. Cook quinoa. Place quinoa in a fine-mesh strainer and rinse thoroughly with cool water for at least 2 minutes. Drain. Rinsing quinoa before cooking will remove its natural bitter or soapy taste. Transfer to a medium saucepan, cover with stock or water, cover with a lid and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and cook for 15 minutes on the lowest setting. Turn off the heat and let stand covered for 5 minutes. Set aside.
  2. Prepare mashed sweet potatoes. Place potato chunks in a medium pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil and cook until they are very tender. Drain and mash sweet potato in your food processor (you can also mash them manually but make sure they’re very smooth).
  3. In a large bowl, add cooked quinoa, 1 cup mashed sweet potatoes (you may have more than 1 cup but don’t add more or less than that), eggs, onion, cumin, coriander, paprika and salt. Mix until well combined.
  4. In a large skillet, heat 1/2 tbsp coconut oil over medium heat. When hot, form patties with quinoa mixture (about 1/3 cup each), place them in the skillet and flatten them a little. Make sure you don’t overcrowd the skillet. Cook for 7 minutes undisturbed. Flip patties very gently with a spatula and cook for another 7-8 minutes. You want to cook them gently, so they are brown on the outside and cooked all the way through inside. Place patties in warm oven. Repeat with remaining patties, adding 1/2 tbsp coconut oil.
  5. Sauce. While the patties are cooking, prepare the sauce. Add all the ingredients to the bowl of your food processor or blender, and process until smooth (if using a blender, you might need to add a little bit more water).
  6. Top patties with sauce, and serve warm.

Notes: Save some time and cook the quinoa and prepare mashed sweet potatoes a few days ahead!