This vegetarian Chickpea Burger Recipe is made with bold, Mediterranean-inspired flavors and simple ingredients for easy plant-based burgers that are better than anything you’ll find in the store. Load them up with all your favorite toppings on gluten-free buns! Air Fryer and Grill Options.
- Vegetarian Burgers Made Better!
- Is This Chickpea Burger Recipe Good for You?
- What Are Chickpea Burger Patties Made Of?
- How to Make Vegan Chickpea Burgers in the Oven
- Alternative Cooking Methods
- Tips and Tricks for Success
- Topping Ideas
- Serving Suggestions
- How to Store and Reheat
- Common Questions About This Chickpea Burger Recipe
- More Gluten-Free Burger Recipes
Vegetarian Burgers Made Better!
Plant-based burgers are all the rage right now! And with the price of meat, we aren’t complaining. However, if you’ve ever had pre-made or frozen options from the store, you probably know that most are a little lacking, to say the least.
But they don’t have to be! We’ll prove it with this cauliflower chickpea burger recipe. Inspired by the warm, zesty flavors of Mediterranean cuisine, they feature simple, real food ingredients you can throw together with ease.
Cooked in the oven, on the grill, or even in the air, they require minimal prep time, have a total time of just over an hour, are easy to make, and can be enjoyed all year round. Load them up with all your favorite toppings, and serve them with a side or two, and you’ll have a meal no one can resist!
Is This Chickpea Burger Recipe Good for You?
Of course, everyone’s definition is healthy, and we recommend consulting your doctor with any specific concerns. However, generally speaking, we give this chickpea burger recipe a stamp of approval!
For starters, you won’t find any strange preservatives or chemicals in this recipe. Just simple, nutritious, whole-food ingredients!
Secondly, these burgers are full of plant-based protein, healthy omega fats, vitamins, nutrients, and fiber. Plus, they’re gluten-free, egg-free, and dairy-free to fit a variety of dietary needs. As a result, they’re sure to fill you up and leave you feeling energized.
What Are Chickpea Burger Patties Made Of?
What sets this chickpea burger recipe apart from others is the unique blend of ingredients and spices. Here’s everything you need:
- Cauliflower – To save time, buy pre-made, ready-to-eat florets. Or, use a whole head of cauliflower, and cut it up yourself!
- Chickpeas (a.k.a. Garbanzo beans) – These help contribute to the meat-like consistency while adding protein. Make sure they’re well-rinsed and drained.
- Oil – Use light olive oil or avocado oil to roast the cauliflower and chickpeas, adding healthy fats and enhancing the flavor of the burgers.
- Seasonings – A combination of smoked paprika, kosher salt, cumin, chili powder, and black pepper adds extra warmth and depth.
- Garlic – Whole, fresh cloves are best.
- Green Onions (scallions) – Added for texture and a touch of tang.
- Pumpkin Seeds – Rich in healthy fats, pumpkin seeds help create a “mealy” consistency.
- Parsley – Fresh parsley adds a bright, slightly pepper flavor that balances out the warmth of the spices.
- Ground Flaxseed – Used to bind the burgers while adding healthy fats.
- Gluten-Free Flour – Use a gluten-free all-purpose or 1:1 gluten-free flour to bind the burgers and help them hold their shape.
Ingredient Swap: Gluten-free oat flour or ground oats may be used, but the burgers might not hold up as well on the grill. We recommend chilling the chickpea patties for an additional five minutes or so if you make this swap.
How to Make Vegan Chickpea Burgers in the Oven
These burgers require a little planning, but they’re super easy to make when you follow the instructions below!
- Prepare. Preheat your oven, and line a baking pan or baking sheet with aluminum foil.
- Toss. Add the cauliflower, chickpeas, oil, smoked paprika, garlic, and salt to a small bowl, and toss to combine.
- Bake. Spread the mixture onto the prepared pan, spreading it out in an even layer. Bake just until the cauliflower is slightly tender. It should still be slightly undercooked!
- Pulse. Once fully cooled, add the cauliflower and chickpea mixtures to the bowl of a food processor, and pulse until well combined. Add the green onion and pumpkin seeds, and blend until the mixture is combined but still thick and a little chunky. Add the parsley and spices, and blend again.
- Mix. Transfer the batter to a large bowl, and mix in the flaxseed and gluten-free flour.
- Chill. Place the mixture in the fridge to chill.
- Shape. Divide the batter into equal-sized mounds, and shape them into patties with your hands.
- Bake. Arrange the burger patties on a greased baking sheet, and bake until they’re golden brown and cooked through, flipping them over halfway through.
Alternative Cooking Methods
Looking to take advantage of warm weather? Not in the mood to fire up the oven? We’ve got you covered with the alternative cooking options below!
- Air Fryer Option: Again, form and chill the patties. Then, preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees Fahrenheit, and spray the basket with cooking oil. Arrange the patties in a single layer, leaving space in between. Air fryer until they’re cooked through, flipping them over halfway.
- Grilling Option: Form and chill the patties as normal. Then, heat the grill, and brush the grates with oil. Grill the burgers on each side until they’re cooked through. During the last few minutes of grilling, place your hamburger buns on the grill to toast!
Tips and Tricks for Success
When it comes to making the perfect chickpea burger, we have a few extra notes to guarantee they turn out great.
- Don’t Over Process the Patties. You want to pulse the mixture until the ingredients are well combined but still slightly chunky. This will help them hold their shape and imitate the consistency of beef.
- Don’t Make the Burgers Too Thick. Use a ⅓ or ½ cup to portion the burger mixture, and shape the patties until they’re roughly 3-4 inches wide.
- Adjust the Cooking Time. Depending on the cooking method and size of your burgers, you may need to add more or less time. So, be sure to keep a close eye on the patties as they cook!
Plated on a gluten-free hamburger bun or lettuce wraps, these chickpea burgers can be loaded up with all your favorite toppings! Try including options like:
Transform these burgers into a complete meal with sides such as:
- Air Fryer Zucchini Fries
- Air Fryer Asparagus Fries
- Sweet Potato Fries
- Air Fried Vegetables
- BBQ Rutabaga Chips
- Greek Quinoa Tabouli Salad
How to Store and Reheat
Go ahead and double this chickpea burger recipe to make an extra batch for meal prep, and follow the steps below to keep them fresh!
- To Store: Once cooked and cooled, the patties can be transferred to an airtight container, and stored in the fridge for up to 2-3 days.
- To Reheat: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, and warm the burgers just until they’re heated through.
- To Freeze: Shape your chicken burger patties, and arrange them on a sheet pan. Then, freeze them for a few hours or until solid before transferring them to a freezer bag or airtight container. They’ll stay fresh for 2-3 months. To enjoy, allow them to thaw in the fridge overnight, and cook as normal!
Common Questions About This Chickpea Burger Recipe
It’s important not to over process the patty mixture and to include gluten-free flour to act as a binder to prevent your burgers from crumbling. In addition, you’ll want to allow them plenty of time to chill and handle them carefully.
If your burgers are mushy, it’s most likely because they were over-processed. Pulse just until the ingredients are combined.
The pumpkin seeds, flaxseeds, and gluten-free flour help bind the burgers without the need for eggs!
We haven’t tested it, but it should work! Just be sure to chill the burgers in the fridge ahead of time. To cook, heat a skillet over medium heat with a bit of oil, and cook the patties, gently flipping them over halfway through.
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