Smashed chickpea and sweet potato sliders

Claire Gallam

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Unless you are a very lucky parent, there's probably not a good chance your kid craves chickpeas. Instead of watching them pick away at these popular legumes, why not disguise them as sliders, something you know they'll love?

Smashed chickpea and sweet potato sliders

Topped with melted cheese, fresh greens and your family's favorite sauce, these chickpea sliders will instantly become a favorite with even your pickiest eaters. Serve alongside some homemade baked fries for a healthy meal only you'll know is good for them!

Smashed chickpea and sweet potato sliders

Recipe inspired by How Sweet Eats

Yields about 8 sliders

Smashed chickpea and sweet potato sliders


  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can chickpeas
  • 1-1/4 cups smashed sweet potatoes (use this recipe)
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2-1/2 tablespoons breadcrumbs
  • Dash of salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 8 potato slider buns
  • Arugula
  • Cheese


  1. Place the chopped carrot, chickpeas, mozzarella cheese, honey, flour, breadcrumbs, lemon juice and salt and pepper in a food processor. Pulse on low until mixture is thick and creamy (like a paste).
  2. Mix the chickpea paste with the mashed sweet potatoes. Stir in parsley and salt and pepper. Add additional flour and breadcrumbs if mixture is super soft.
  3. Heat butter in a medium skillet over medium heat. Form small slider patties with the chickpea mixture and place in the butter. Cook on medium heat until golden brown on both sides, about 5-6 minutes on each. (You want the patty to be firm and crispy but just a little soft in the middle).
  4. Toast the slider buns. Place each burger on the buns and top with cheese, arugula and your favorite sauce.

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Claire Gallam
Claire is an aspiring nutritionist (and soon to be culinary student) with a serious addiction to bacon, wine, goat cheese and online shopping. She is recently married to a social media guru who loves *almost* everything she conjures up. In addition to writing for the Food section of SheKnows, she is a full-time recipe creator (and taste tester), a writer for and a contributing writer for the Home and Gardening section of SheKnows. You can also follow her daily musings and find delicious healthy recipes on her food blog, The Realistic Nutritionist.