Sweet Potato Cake Patties with Lemony Slaw

Created by Laura Wright
5 from 11 votes

These sweet potato cake patties are a delicious vegan dinner recipe. Naturally gluten free, they use quinoa and hemp seed for vegan protein.

An overhead shot of a sweet potato cake pattie perched on top of a lemony slaw with a drizzle of tahini dressing. There is a lemon wedge to the side.
An overhead shot of prepped components for making sweet potato cake patties.
An overhead shot of a quinoa, mashed sweet potato, and herb mixture in a bowl with a spatula.
A 3/4 angle shot of formed sweet potato cake patties on a parchment lined baking sheet.

Lately, the idea of spending extensive hours cooking elaborate vegan dinner recipes is just not super appealing. That’s why I set aside a day or afternoon with the intention of getting some meal prep or meal component prep in the fridge. Knowing that dinner or lunch is a few simple moves away is seriously calming for me.

When I’m in the flow of meal or component prep in my everyday life, I always bake whole sweet potatoes. I have so many sweet potato recipes, but I typically reheat them and stuff them, smush them up in dal, or even blend them into smoothies. I also give little spoonfuls to my dogs, no shame. They love them so much! The ideal landing place for cooked sweet potato though? It might be these sweet potato cake patties with quinoa, hemp, herbs, and tons of spices–including my fave blend ever Old Bay.

Compared to other recipes of mine, these patties are pretty minimal on the chopping front, which is a nice break! If you take your meal prep one step further and cook quinoa at the beginning of the week and make your lemony tahini sauce, this one can comes together pretty quickly. these patties will keep in a sealed container in your fridge for up to 5 days.

Here, I pair them with a lemony tahini dressing that coats a kale and cabbage slaw. But you could easily work them into all kinds of meals. You could serve them with a traditional veggie burger setup, in a wrap, any kind of salad or grain bowl that you like, or even as an appetizer in mini form!

I crave sweet potatoes in recipes or in their simple roasted form all year. They’re easily one of my favourite foods! Some other great sweet potato recipes on the site: the best Crispy Baked Sweet Potato Fries, Sweet Potato Granola with Pecans, and a Ginger Sweet Potato Stew with Coconut Milk.

An overhead shot of shaved red cabbage, kale, chopped fresh dill, and a creamy dressing in a mixing bowl.
An overhead shot of baked sweet potato cake patties.
An overhead shot of sweet potato cake patty perched on top of a lemony slaw with a drizzle of tahini dressing.

Sweet Potato Cake Patties with Lemony Slaw

These sweet potato cake patties are a delicious vegan dinner recipe. Naturally gluten-free, they use quinoa and hemp seed for vegan protein.
5 from 11 votes
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 4



  • cup tahini
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 clove of garlic, finely minced
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard mustard
  • 1 teaspoon agave nectar/maple syrup
  • sea salt and ground black pepper, to taste
  • ¼ cup + 1 tablespoon ice cold filtered water


  • ½ cup quinoa, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup mashed cooked sweet potato flesh
  • 2 tablespoons hemp seeds
  • 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
  • 1 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning
  • ¼ cup flat leaf parsley, roughly chopped
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon sweet paprika
  • ½ teaspoon lemon zest
  • ½ teaspoon psyllium husk powder
  • sea salt and ground black pepper, to taste
  • avocado oil spray (or other oil spray of choice)


  • 4 cups shredded kale or cabbage (or a mix)
  • chopped fresh dill or more parsley
  • lemon wedges


  • These cakes should be crisp on the outside and soft/moist on the inside. Remember to flip them over at the halfway point!
  • I used a mix of lacinato kale and red cabbage for my slaw because I have an abundance of both in my garden. You could also use shaved fennel, shaved carrots, broccoli stems, all kinds of things!
  • I bake whole sweet potatoes as part of my meal prep every week. For this recipe, I’d recommend the cooked and cooled flesh of roughly 1 medium sweet potato.
  • The drier the quinoa is when you mix it, the better your sweet potato cakes will be!


  • Make the lemony tahini sauce. In a medium bowl, whisk together the tahini, lemon zest, lemon juice, garlic, olive oil, dijon mustard, agave, salt, and pepper. Then, add the ice water and whisk until smooth. The colour of the sauce should pale and the texture should be slightly thick. If it’s too thick, add more water by the teaspoon until you have the right consistency. Set aside in the fridge.
  • Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment.
  • Place the rinsed quinoa in a small saucepan along with 1 cup of filtered water and a pinch of salt. Cover the pot and place it over medium-high heat. Bring the quinoa to a boil. Then, lower to a simmer, remove the lid, and cook until almost all of the water is absorbed, about 15 minutes. Remove the quinoa from the heat and let it cool.
  • Once the quinoa is cool and dry, add it to a large bowl along with the mashed sweet potato, hemp seeds, nutritional yeast, Old Bay, parsley, onion powder, garlic powder, paprika, lemon zest, psyllium husk powder, salt, and pepper. Once evenly mixed, taste the mixture for seasoning and adjust if necessary.
  • Lightly spray the parchment-lined baking sheet with oil spray. Divide the sweet potato cakes mixture in 4 equal portions. Lightly oil your hands and from each portion into a patty. Place each patty on the oiled parchment, giving each some space.
  • Bake the sweet potato cakes for 35 minutes, carefully flipping them over at the halfway point. Once the sweet potato cakes are browned on the outside and firm, remove them from the oven and let them sit for 5 minutes.
  • In a separate large bowl, toss the shredded kale/cabbage with enough of the lemony tahini dressing to coat. Season the greens with salt and pepper and toss to coat.
  • Divide the lemony slaw evenly among 4 plates. Top each heap of slaw with a warm sweet potato cake. Drizzle extra lemony tahini sauce over the sweet potato cakes and finish with some chopped dill/parsley and a lemon wedge. Enjoy!
Sweet potato cakes perched on top of a lemony slaw, photo is taken at a side angle with a blue-grey background.
25/09/2019 (Last Updated 18/03/2024)
Posted in: appetizer, autumn, creamy, earthy, gluten free, kale, main course, nut free, refined sugar-free, roasted, salad, sauce, side dish, spring, summer, sweet, sweet potatoes, tahini, vegan, winter


5 from 11 votes (6 ratings without comment)

Recipe Rating

  • Logan Picard

    5 stars
    I stumbled upon your blog just yesterday, and instantly fell in love with your recipes! I made this for my partner and I tonight and I have to say it was delightful. Such a lovely meal!

  • Kayla

    5 stars
    I make these all the time. They come together pretty quick, and I love the flavor combination. the old bay and sweet potato combo is never one I would have done, but it tastes great. Love the sauce as well, but I’m a sucker for any lemon tahini anything. The only thing is, when I started making these, I didn’t have psyllium husk or hemp seed, so I subbed those both for a tablespoon of chia seed, and now that’s what I do as a matter of course. I’m only adding this comment in case someone was in a similar situation, ingredient wise, and was on the fence. They’re great!

  • Grace

    Hi, I have a sesame allergy- Do you think plain yogurt could substitute for the Tahini? Thank you! 

    • Laura

      Hi Grace,
      Plain yogurt will work fine! I would add a drizzle of olive oil to make up for the rich texture.

  • Grace

    Hello! Excited to try this recipe next week. I have a sesame allergy and can’t use tahini. It won’t be the same, but do you think plain yogurt would work? Thank you!!

    • Laura

      I think plain yogurt should be fine! I would add an extra drizzle of olive oil as well to get that extra lush texture.

  • Annie

    5 stars
    This recipe is truly incredible. I love making a batch and eating on them throughout the week, for any meal! I also add whatever sounds good to the patties, and have had success with finely chopped kale and beet greens/stems when I don’t have parsley. Roasted pumpkin seeds are also a lovely crunchy addition. Last time I made this I slow roasted some in-season cherry tomatoes until nice and jammy, then topped the patties along with that spot-on sauce. Exquisite. Thank you for such a wonderful recipe…one of my all-time vegan favorites!

  • Marianne

    5 stars
    I really love this recipe. It will be on regular rotation from now on. I replaced the Old Bay seasoning by some Southwestern spices mix (cause I didn’t have Old Bay seasoning) and it was delicious! Thanks for the great recipe.

  • Leah N

    5 stars
    This was great. I really loved the tahini dressing and slaw in particular. 

  • Michele E Razo

    Do you have the nutritional content for these recipes listed anywhere?  For those of us with health concerns that need to track those numbers! :)   These look delicious!

    • Laura

      Hi Michele,
      I don’t post nutritional information on my site because cooking is really about the enjoyment and pleasure for me. There are lots of free, easy-to-use nutritional calculators online for your own personal use though! I’ve heard great things about My Fitness Pal :)

  • Megan

    Just made these for lunch & they’re absolutely delicious! Perfect for a warm autumn day. Mine turned out beautifully – just like the pictures. Thanks for sharing your creativity & love of food! Pity some folks are hateful about freely shared intellectual property. 

  • Corinna

    Just made these and they’re great, really tasty. No old bay in the UK but didn’t seem to matter to the taste. Subbed flax for psyllium husk and they held together perfectly. Thanks Laura!

  • Jaime

    Made these today- left out cornhusk and Old Bay because I didn’t have on hand. They were still delicious! Thank you!

  • Isabelle

    I too struggled to get these crispy in the oven, so I just threw them in the air fryer and had great success! Delicious.

  • Dawn

    I’m just curious about why the water for the sauce needs to be ice cold.

    • Kelly

      Me too! I couldn’t figure out why and am curious.

      • Laura

        I learned the cold water trick from watching a video with Chef Michael Solomonov! It just seems to make any tahini-based sauce whisk up a lot creamier and more aerated in a way? I notice a difference if the water isn’t cold now, so always specify it.

  • Marilyn

    Cannot wait to try these!

  • Private

    The picture and recipe are deceptive. There is ZERO way in the universe the patties are that crispy all around in an oven. That’s either a fake picture or deep fried. I tried it anyways, and to no surprise of mine- it’s one giant piece of mush. And no. I didnt do anything wrong. And I’m a super experienced and super successful cook. At least on recipes that dont misrepresent themselves. I would prefer you admit to the truth than pretend this outcome can be achieved without a lot of oil. Total waste of time.

    • Laura

      Hi there,
      I’m sorry that your experience with this recipe was so deeply upsetting. Suggesting that I need to “admit to the truth” and that my photos are fake is a bit dramatic though.

    • Julia

      I made them yesterday, and they were delicious and crispy! Not as crispy as they would have been had a deep-fried them, of course, but I followed Laura’s instructions to lightly oil my hands while I formed the patties, and they held together beautifully, and had a nice light crisp on the outside. I can’t wait to make them again!!

      And they looked very much like Laura’s photos – well … perhaps not quite as uniform, and my plates aren’t as pretty, but they browned up nicely!!

      Thanks for the fantastic recipe!!

    • Theresia

      These patties were not only delicious but they came out of the oven perfectly crispy and beautifully shaped. You may want to try this recipe again. Everything was absolutely delish! I made this yesterday for dinner and loved it!!

  • Allison

    Hi, What can I use in place of the nutritional yeast?

  • Em

    How much cooked quinoa is this? In recipes with cooked grains, etc., it would be great to know measurements after cooking – super for those who batch- or pre-cook quinoa. Thanks!

    • Laura

      Dry quinoa generally cooks up to 3 times the amount you started with. Since we use 1/2 cup dry quinoa here, you will need 1 1/2 cups cooked quinoa.

  • Justine

    Hi Laura – I’ve never commented on anything before but I’ve made these three or four times now. For some reason I can never follow recipes exactly, always adding a little, leaving out a little. But my last attempt was so good… I shaped them more like croquettes (no psyllium husk) and i also added dried chilli. As the UK doesn’t have things like Old Bay I had to make it from a recipe. Anyway it was all spectacular even though I multiplied it by three and I no longer use oil. I’ve found that a beautiful firm pointy white cabbage with peas and chopped spring onions in the tahini dressing is a revelation and that is now made at least twice a week. This recipe and your cauliflower in a green tahini dressing are my two favourite recipes (plus a good creamy curry of course) of all time. I love your cookbook and no one has more beautiful or enticing photos

  • Nicole

    Hi Laura, your sweet potatoes look like it is cook in the oven. Can you tell me how you cook it ? And thank you so much for your delicious recipes and nice pictures. Nicole

    • Laura

      Hi Nicole,
      I prick a few holes in my sweet potatoes with a fork, wrap them in aluminum foil, and bake them in a 400 oven for about 40-45 minutes, or until they feel soft.

  • Sarah Velez

    Wow, these look fantastic! I am not a huge fan of quinoa but thinking millet might sub in here just fine?

    • Laura

      Yep, millet would be great!

  • Joshua Howard

    I made it today and the taste is amazing! Thank you for this recipe and clear instructions!

  • Liz Mackay

    Wondering if I could double this and freeze some? Maybe just cook them all, and cool
    on a tray, freeze then bag? and reheat at 350?
    What do you think?
    Thank you! LOVE your cookbook and your blog!!

    • Laura

      Hi Liz! I haven’t frozen these, but if I was going to, I’d go with the exact strategy that you described :)

  • Erin

    I’m feeling that same energy this week! Getting lots done, but also finding it hard to focus on one thing at a time. Favourite fall crop – I’m still loving the last of the heirloom tomatoes and using them everywhere I can. It’s like the last little taste of summer before the seasons change. I’m making a crostata with them for dinner tonight!

  • Anthea Smyth

    Thanks so much for this – I made them for dinner and they were delicious!

    Can I ask where your plate is from – it’s beautiful!

  • Lorna

    These look great. Thanks so much, that’s dinner sorted for tomorrow!

  • linda M doyle

    Sure would be nice if this site published the nutritional value of the recipes.

    • Laura

      Hi Linda, Food is about joy and creativity for me, and I love to reflect that same energy here! If you personally need nutrition values for your meals, there are lots of free nutrition calculators online/in mobile app form that are very easy to use!

  • Nanda

    Is there any workable substitute for the psyllium husk? Thanks!

    • Laura

      I think that you could leave it out and they would still be fine. The psyllium is just an extra insurance policy for the cakes holding together. Just be extra careful when you’re flipping them over :)

      • sweetC

        What about flax or chia meal? They are my go to for holding my cakes together!

        • Laura

          Yes, definitely a teaspoon of ground chia or flax would also be great!

  • Timothy Pakron

    Yum yum yum!!! These look so good. And the shots are GoRgEoUs!

  • La Torontoise

    Laura, I’ve been reading your blog for years but only now manage to write…
    These cakes look exactly like what I am dreaming of tonight:-) Thank you!!
    I have everything at home to make them.

    One question though: what other salad would you suggest to go well with the sweeet potato cakes?

    All the best!

    • Laura

      Thank you so much for this kind comment! I really appreciate it. If you’re not into the slaw, I think a peppery arugula-based salad would be great with the natural sweetness of these cakes!

  • Brittany Scully

    I only have lentils on hand, do you think it would go okay with that sub?

    • Laura

      In place of the quinoa? I don’t think the lentils would be “sticky” enough to be honest. They’re also quite a bit heavier, which might make the resulting cakes quite dense. Might be best to wait until you have some quinoa at the ready! ;)

  • supal // @supaldesai_

    Stealing the slaw recipe to have tonight with my dinner and saving the sweet potato cake for another time!