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Sweet Potato Patties (Healthy Recipe)

Sweet potato patties are the perfect side dish for any meal because they’re delicious and good for you. Whether you’re enjoying a family dinner or preparing for a special occasion, you’ll want to add these to the menu.

Easy Side Dish

We enjoy a wide variety of sweet potato recipes because they are not only delicious and nutritious, but they’re also an easy side dish. My easy recipe below can be altered to make it exactly the way you and your family like it.

Sweet potato patties with vanilla yogurt and pecans

You can make honey roasted sweet potatoes, cook them in a sweet potato casserole, slice them thin for sweet potato chips, or simply leave them in their jackets and eat them plain.

Although some people think they have to wait until the holidays to enjoy sweet potatoes, you can actually have them with any meal. 

They used to be somewhat seasonal and mostly available in the fall. However, now most grocery stores carry them all year. So they’re a great choice to go with any main dish you serve.

Sweet Potato Patties Ingredients

You probably have most of these ingredients in your pantry and fridge. Even if you don’t, they’re all readily available items you can find in any grocery store.

Sweet potato

Here are the ingredients you’ll need to make sweet potato patties:

  • 2 medium sweet potatoes, baked
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/4 cup of flour (regular or gluten-free)
  • 2 teaspoons of honey (more if you want them sweeter)
  • 1 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice or ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon of butter
  • Dash of salt
honey, butter, pumpkin pie spice, egg, almond flour, and salt

You can use olive oil instead of butter, but it will alter the flavor somewhat.

Instead of honey, you might want to try brown sugar or maple syrup.

For all of the exact measurements, directions, and nutrition facts, scroll to the bottom where you’ll find a printable recipe card that you can also save.

How to Make Sweet Potato Patties

First, in a medium-size bowl, mash the baked sweet potatoes. You can use a potato masher, fork, or mixer.

This time, I just used a fork because that’s what was closest to me at the moment.

Secondly, add the egg, flour, honey, pumpkin pie spice, and salt to the sweet potatoes. Just pour them all in with the mashed sweet potatoes.

Then, stir until well mixed. Again, you can use whatever you have on hand. I continued stirring with the fork.

Now, put the butter in the center of a skillet and turn the heat on medium-high. Swirl the skillet around until the entire bottom of it is coated with melted butter.

melted butter in a skillet

Make 5 or 6 balls with scoops of the sweet potato mixture.

They don’t have to be perfect. In fact, it’s hard to keep them perfectly shaped when you get to the next step.

Scoops of the mixture in a skillet

Put them into the skillet and press down with the back of a spatula until they are about 1/2 inch thick.

If you can’t get them flat enough with the spatula, go ahead and gently press them down with your fingertips.

Mashing the balls of mixture with a spatula

Fry them for about 60 seconds. Flip them and fry the other side for 60 seconds. They cook quickly, so keep a close eye on them.

Finally, remove them from the skillet. Serve hot.

You can top them or leave them plain. I like to put a little bit of vanilla yogurt on mine and then add a few pecans for some extra crunch.

If you want to print this recipe, please scroll to the bottom of this page where I’ve added a printable recipe card.

Are Sweet Potatoes Good for You?

Sweet potatoes are nutritious and should be included in a healthy diet. According to Cynthia Sass, MPH, RD, in an article on Health.com, they’re an excellent source of vitamins A and C. 

They help support your immune system and provide defense against colds and flu. They are also good for your skin, vision, and organs.

Due to the high fiber content in sweet potatoes, Sass claims that they are also a slow burning starch. That means that they won’t spike your insulin levels, which is especially good for diabetics.

Ways to Serve Sweet Potato Patties

As I mentioned, I like them with yogurt and pecans. You can also top them with whipped cream, marshmallows, or sprinkled cinnamon.

I’ve even been known to have sweet potatoes for dessert with a dollop of ice cream on top. This is your recipe, so do what makes you and your family happy.

More Sweet Potato Recipes

Sweet potatoes are so versatile that you can enjoy them a variety recipes. One of my favorite foods of all time is a simple baked sweet potato. All you have to do is pop the sweet potato in the oven and bake it on 350 degrees F until it’s done.

The cook time can be anywhere from 1 to 3 hours, depending on the side of the potato. The way I can tell is by gently squeezing the sides.

We also enjoy a good sweet potato casserole. Some people save this recipe for the holidays, but I don’t. In fact, I make it year-round. My recipe calls for nuts, but if I don’t have any, I don’t worry. It’s still good without them.

You can also cut your sweet potatoes into strips and fry them. Or you can cut them larger and make sweet potato wedges.

It’s super easy to make sweet potato fries or wedges in the air fryer. All you have to do is spritz them with a tiny bit of olive oil, put them in the air fryer basket, and cook them for about 15 minutes on 375 degrees F.

Since all air fryers are different, you might need to cook them a shorter or longer amount of time. So test them at about 12 minutes to determine if they need to cook longer.

If you want something super delicious and crunchy, make these sweet potato chips. You can add additional seasonings besides what’s in the recipe if you like. I baked them, but you can also cook them in the air fryer.

Mashed sweet potatoes with lots of butter on them taste wonderful. You can do almost anything with a sweet potato that you can do with a regular potato.

More Side Dish Recipes

I like to have a variety of side dish recipes to keep things interesting around here. We eat all sorts of potatoes and vegetables in a lot of different ways.

This garlic zucchini parmesan recipe is packed with flavor and goes with almost anything. It takes any meal from boring to fun and flavorful.

Another delicious side dish your family will love is this creamed spinach. Even people who don’t typically enjoy spinach like this one.

These buttermilk garlic mashed potatoes are so delicious they don’t even need gravy. Don’t be surprised when your family asks for seconds … or even thirds.

Bowl of mashed sweet potatoes above plates of sweet potato patties

Delicious Desserts

My husband has a sweet tooth, so I got in the habit of making dessert a couple of times a week. He loves these yummy chocolate caramel pecan bars.

If you like a comforting dessert, you need to try this yummy bread pudding from Miz Helen’s Country Cottage. You can always count on her to serve up something delicious!

Another dessert we like around here is this creamy no-bake cherry lime pie. It’s refreshing, and it satisfies your sweet tooth with a delicate balance of flavors.

Sweet potato patties with yogurt and pecans

Sweet Potato Patties

Yield: 6 patties
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 12 minutes

Sweet potato patties add a delicious blend of flavors to any meal!

Ingredients

  • 2 medium sweet potatoes, baked
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/4 cup of flour (regular or gluten-free)
  • 2 teaspoons of honey
  • 1 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice or ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon of butter
  • Dash of salt

Instructions

  1. In a medium-size bowl, mash the baked sweet potatoes.
  2. Add the egg, flour, honey, pumpkin pie spice, and salt to the sweet potatoes.
  3. Stir until well mixed.
  4. Put the butter in the center of a skillet and turn the heat on medium-high. Swirl the skillet around until the entire bottom of it is coated with melted butter.
  5. Make 5 or 6 balls with scoops of the sweet potato mixture. 
  6. Put them into the skillet and press down with the back of a spatula until they are about 1/2 inch thick.
  7. Fry them for about 60 seconds. Flip them and fry the other side for 60 seconds.
  8. Remove them from the skillet. Serve hot.

Notes

You can add a dollop of plain or vanilla yogurt on top, add marshmallows and toast them, or serve them plain.

Nutrition Information
Yield 6 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 91Total Fat 3gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 1gCholesterol 36mgSodium 67mgCarbohydrates 14gFiber 2gSugar 4gProtein 2g

The nutrition information is a product of online calculators. I try to provide true and accurate information, but these numbers are estimates.

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