How To Cook Sweet Potato Patties

The simple unassuming sweet potato. Soon to become an amazing patty.

The simple unassuming sweet potato. Soon to become an amazing patty.

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Nothing beats a crispy, crunchy, buttery sweet potato patty. If you’ve never enjoyed the pleasure of biting into a crispy-on-the-outside, soft-and-hot-on-the-inside delicious sweet potato patty, you definitely need to try it. Or maybe you have experienced it, and that’s why you’re here — to make sure you can recreate that deliciousness at home.

There are a lot of recipes out there. Some are for sweeter sweet potato patties. Some for a more savory approach. We’re just going to focus on some basics in this post.

Sweet potato health benefits

Sweet potatoes are really good for you. They’re much healthier for you than a normal potato. Sweet potatoes contain a ton of Vitamin A, Potassium, Vitamin C, and Vitamin B6. That means they help to support your immune system and energy levels.

On top of that, they provide an excellent source of fiber. Sweet potatoes can help support healthy skin and hair, cholesterol levels, and even weight loss. Some studies have found they can even help prevent cancer.

Clearly, sweet potatoes are a good veggie to include in your diet. Plus, they’re delicious!

What you’ll need:

  • ½ cup of grated sweet potato
  • ½ cup brown rice (Amazon)
  • ½ cup whole grain flour
  • ½ diced onion
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 cup water
  • Pinch of salt

These are pretty easy ingredients to find in any store, and they’ll make for tasty, filling sweet potato patties.

How to make sweet potato patties

1. Cook the rice

Using a rice cooker or the stovetop, cook the rice as you normally would. Let it cool completely. This means you may want to start the night before or in the morning. An hour should be enough time though, as long as you’ve given the cooked rice some time to cool down.

I recommend some rice cookers here. 

2. Mix

Take your grated sweet potato, cooked and cooled rice, diced onion, and salt, and mix them all together in a bowl. You should let this sit for a few minutes once it’s mixed together.

I like Pyrex mixing bowls. Here’s a good set at Amazon. 

3. Add flour

Add the flour, making the mixture sticky. This is where the water can come in if your batter is too dry. Add it in slowly. Just do a spoonful or two at a time and then mix. You don’t want to accidentally add too much and end up with runny, watery batter.

4. Form the patties

Once your batter is sticky, go ahead and start making the patties. Form the batter into balls  and flatten slightly. You want a shape that will hold together but that you can easily flip.

Frying in cast iron is ideal.
Learn all about cast iron here.

5. Fry the patties

Heat up a pan on the stove, and add the oil to the pan so the patties don’t stick.

Fry each of the patties for about 7-10 minutes before flipping them over and cooking the other side for another 5-7 minutes.

This is one of my favorite spatulas for turning patties, from Amazon. 

6. Let cool

Allow them to cool a little, serve and enjoy!

This basic sweet potato patty recipe is sure to be an easy, quick fan favorite. They’ll be tasty, delicious, and good for you!

Crispy, sweet, ready to eat!

Crispy, sweet, ready to eat!

Things to add 

So you’ve got the basics down, but now you’re feeling fancy. You want to add some pizazz to your sweet potato patties and are looking for ideas. Here are some great ideas:


Who doesn’t love bacon?Adding bacon into your sweet potato patties can make a delicious addition, plus it adds in some extra protein. This option allows you to add in some extra flavor, and you can add as much as you want! It’s a great way to use up the last few slices in the freezer. To really load it up. add in 5 or 6 chopped up slices!

Ever wondered how to deep fry bacon?
I’ll show you how. 

Garlic and cilantro

Adding additional spices can really change the flavor and character of the basic sweet potato patty. Try putting them inside the mix, or adding them at the end.

Sour cream

This is a pretty obvious choice for a lot of people, and I am no exception. I love sour cream on baked potatoes and sweet potatoes of all kinds. Give it a try the next time you make sweet potato patties. You won’t be disappointed.


One of the best things about sweet potato patties is you can totally experiment! Try adding a new ingredient or a new topping. See what happens if you go for a sweeter, dessert type of patty. Or work on perfecting savory patties as a side dish for your famous chicken dinner.

The great thing about fried up sweet potatoes is they’re going to taste delicious pretty much no matter what.

Experiment with how much of each basic ingredient you like. You may prefer extra rice for an energy-boosting snack. Go for more sweet potato if you’re making an appetizer to serve at a party. The variations are endless.

No matter what you’re using them for, sweet potato patties are easy and quick to make, pretty cheap to make in bulk, and a delicious snack option with nutritional bonus points too. Have fun making them!

Got leftover sweet potatoes?
I’ll teach you how to cook them in the microwave.

Additional Resources

Image credit via Flickr Creative Commons: Mike M. and Meal Makeover Moms