Gluten-Free Sweet Potato Buns

Recipe by Katie Mae

Makes 8 buns | Ready in 30 minutes | Stores 5 days in fridge


2 cups baked & peeled sweet potato
¼ cup flax seeds, ground
½ cup dry rolled oats, ground
½ cup dry quinoa, ground
½ cup whole pecans, ground
1½ tablespoons baking powder
¼ cup white sesame seeds



  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Add the sweet potatoes to a large mixing bowl. Use a fork to mix in the ground flax.
  3. Add the ground oats, quinoa, pecans, and baking powder to the bowl. Mix everything until the batter has an even consistency, but try not to overmix.
  4. Use your hands to form mix into buns that are about ¾-inch thick and 3 to 4 inches in diameter. Place the buns onto the prepared baking sheet.
  5. Bake for 10 minutes, and then use flipper to carefully flip the buns. Sprinkle each bun with a bit of sesame seeds.
  6. Bake for an additional 7 to 10 minutes until the buns are browned to your liking. Remove from the oven and let the buns cool for 5 minutes before serving.

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Let’s be honest, holding a veggie burger in your hands—piled high with lettuce, tomato, and all our favorite toppings—desperately trying to keep it all together so you can fit in your mouth, is half the fun!

So what do you do if you want to enjoy the hands-on burger experience, without the all of the flour from the bun?

Whip up a batch of Sweet Potato Buns!

The Plantz St. Sweet Potato Buns make a delicious nutrient-rich bread-alternative. The combination of sweet potato, quinoa, oats, and flax in this recipe make our buns a rich source of vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients that you’re not going to get from any standard hamburger bun.


  1. Nancy V. Peterson

    I am so excited to try these recipes, because when I tried to go plant based in 1994-1999, my food was awful that I prepared.
    I got so tired of restaurants serving us some rice or pasta in the middle of a plate with a couple of steamed veggies-unseasoned that we finally gave it up. We traveled often then, and the rest of the group were served wonderful food in Greece and we thought the restaurants were sure to deliver a decent meal as that trip was not inexpensive. Now I am willing to forge ahead with your interesting and creative recipes.

  2. Sandra

    Can you suggest a way to make these without nuts or seeds? I’m looking for a low fat SOS free option.

  3. theculinarygym

    Hi Sandra, I’m not sure what these would be like without any nuts or seeds. The flax helps to bind everything together, while the pecans add moisture and flavor. The sesame seeds are just for the visual look of a sesame bun. If you experiment with the recipe to create a low-fat option, I’d love to hear about it! My first thoughts are that if I were to leave out the flax, I’d increase the amount of oats and less quinoa…. and if I wasn’t using pecans, I’d want add moisture from something else, maybe applesauce, but just a little bit because its more of a wet ingredient than the dry nuts. Good luck!

  4. Tanya

    I am allergic to quinoa and also need to eat gluten free due to Celiac disease. Is there a gf substitute for the quinoa? Thank you!

  5. theculinarygym

    Hi Tanya! In general, quinoa is the replacement to the wheat, oats and other grains since it is a pseudo-grain. I wish I could suggest but I haven’t experimented with any other substitutes.

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