Sweet potato and chickpea patties

Sweet potato and chickpea patties


Ingredients 6 serves 25 serves 60 serves
Sweet potato (orange) 1 medium (400g) 3 medium (1.2kg) 10 medium (4kg)
Chickpeas (canned) 1 x 400g can 4 x 400g cans 10 x 400g cans
Lemon juice 2 teaspoons 2 tablespoons 100mL
Red onion (finely chopped) ¼ small  1 small 4 small
Breadcrumbs ½ cup 2 cups  5 cups
Eggs 1 5 12
Olive or canola oil spray as required as required as required
Turkish bread ½ large loaf (250g) 2 large loaves (1kg) 5 large loaves (2.5kg)
Lettuce (sliced) 3 leaves (20g) ½ medium head (270g) 1 medium head (540g)
Tomato (sliced) 1 medium 4 medium 10 medium
Avocado (sliced) 1 small 1 medium 4 medium


  1. Preheat oven to 180°C.
  2. Peel and chop sweet potato into small pieces and steam for 20 minutes or until tender. Drain.
  3. Drain and rinse chickpeas.
  4. Mash sweet potato and chickpeas with lemon juice until smooth. Place in fridge to cool for 30 minutes.
  5. Combine sweet potato and chickpeas with onion, breadcrumbs and egg.
  6. Take small handfuls of mixture and roll into balls. Flatten gently to form patties.
  7. Line a baking tray with non-stick baking paper. Place patties on the lined tray.
  8. Spray patties lightly with olive oil spray.
  9. Bake in oven, turning once, for 30 minutes, or until golden.
  10. Serve with Turkish bread, lettuce, tomato and avocado.


Each serve provides

  • ½ children’s serve of meat/ alternatives* (chickpeas and egg)
  • 1–1 ½ children’s serves of vegetables**
  • 1 children’s serve of grains*** (bread)
  • A good source of vitamin C
  • A source of iron


Allergy modifications

  • For an egg free option replace each egg with 1 teaspoon of egg replacer and 2 tablespoons of water
  • For a gluten/wheat free option replace breadcrumbs with a similar quantity of rice crumbs or cooked rice and serve with gluten free bread/wraps.
  • For a soy free option use soy free bread crumbs and bread.
  • For a milk protein free and lactose free option, ensure that the breadcrumbs and Turkish bread used do not contain milk products.



  • When choosing this recipe, ensure children receive enough meat or alternatives by offering an additional ½ a serve of meat/alternatives per child at another time during the day. Options include:
    • roast beef sandwiches with 15g roast beef per child
    • egg sandwiches with half an egg per child
    • veggie sticks with 30g hummus dip per child
    • 2 falafel balls per child


* One children’s serve of lean meat, poultry, fish or alternatives is equal to half a serve in the Australian Dietary Guidelines.
** One children’s serve of vegetables is equal to one serve in the Australian Dietary Guidelines.
*** One children’s serve of (grain) cereal foods is equal to one serve in the Australian Dietary Guidelines.

Recipe adapted from Get Up and Grow: Cooking for Children with permission of the Australian Government.

The nutritional information provided is based on the exact ingredients and method as shown. Any variation/s to the ingredients or method may alter the nutritional outcome.

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