Grilled Moroccan Cauliflower Chickpea Burgers! Flavorful veggie-packed chickpea burgers made with plant based ingredients and served on gluten free hamburger buns! This is one killer gluten free veggie burger recipe you can make on the grill, stove, or in the oven! Moroccan spices mixed with cauliflower and chickpeas make these burgers to die for! Delicious, simple, healthy, and easy!
This Gluten-Free Grilled Moroccan Cauliflower Chickpea Burgers recipe is sponsored by my Friends at Udi’s Gluten Free! We are thankful for their wonderful gluten free products and allowing me to share the joy of GLUTEN FREE eating!
Oh hey hey, it’s Pioneer Day! Ya, I didn’t know what that was either until last week. It’s a Utah thing and everyone has off work, busting out the BBQ, and getting ready for fireworks! Google it to learn more. I, for one, forgot it was a “holiday” and was quite shocked to see all the festivities going on this morning. Parades and all! Like whoa.. time warp back to 4th of July! Yes yes, there are many surprising things have I learned about living in Utah. Mostly Good things, some really awkward things. But more on that in a later post. Haha!
Anyway, despite not knowing today was a Summer Utah Holiday, I still managed to make gluten free hamburgers and feel festive! Actually, I lie. These are not hamburgers, they are Moroccan Cauliflower chickpea burgers! Even better, right? I know these are not pioneer-ish, but they still make a GREAT Vegetarian BBQ dish for ANY festivity! So yes, let’s talk about this MOST DELICIOUS (and surprisingly handy) recipe I learned to MAKE this month. Gluten Free Chickpea Burgers that are GRILLABLE! Is that a word? Well, I’m gonna make it one. Mmm k?
Moroccan Cauliflower Chickpea Burgers with Udis Gluten Free Whole Grain Hamburger Buns! Ya’ll.. LIFE CHANGING! I know, I say that a lot, but it’s true. Really!
Okay, so since we are on the topic of surprises and learning new things. Let me list to you what I learned about these vegan chickpea burgers and gluten free hamburger buns. Learning if fun, and it makes you hungry, so now you see my reasoning here. Haha!
- Did you know that you make gluten free, vegan, chickpea burgers ON THE GRILL? Yes, and I’d like to thank chickpeas and cauliflower for that. They do wonders in the veggie burger world.
- Did you know that Harissa paste (hence the Moroccan flavor) is actually easy to make into a spice? All you need are nuts, seeds, dried herbs, and paprika! YEA!
- Did you know that you can eat these chickpea burgers raw? LOL! I know I know, it’s not the same but dang, it was fun being able to eat the batter and not worry! Oh and still so tasty!
- Did you know that Udis Whole Grain Hamburger Buns uses 3 different whole grains in their buns? Teff, Amaranth, and Brown Rice! Looooove it!
- Did you know that their Whole Grain Gluten Free hamburger buns also have 6 grams of fiber. Now add that to the 8 grams of fiber in the grilled Moroccan Cauliflower Chickpea Burger patties. Um… hello 14 grams of fiber in one sitting. YEA BUDDY!
- Did you know that these burger buns are SUPER soft on the outside, but also make a tasty crispy edge when you toast them on the grill? Gah! Heavenly!
- Did you know that my birthday is in 4 days and I forgot how old I am? Okay that has nothing to do with these Moroccan Cauliflower Chickpea Burgers, but just wanted to make sure you are paying attention. Oh and that you can send me a present, if you’d like. Wink Wink.
- Did you know that you can serve these Chickpea Burgers open faced, with lots of pretty veggies, and a side of avocado yogurt dip at your next BBQ? Then you will officially be of Martha Stewart Status. Just sayin..
Haha, I hope you laughed at the last few “Did you know” learning tips! Laugh so hard you got hungry! Okay, let’s eat!Print
Moroccan Cauliflower Chickpea Burgers
- Total Time: 37 minutes
- Yield: 4 burgers 1x
Flavorful veggie-packed chickpea burgers made with plant based ingredients and served on gluten free hamburger buns! You can make on the grill or in the oven! No eggs needed to make the cauliflower chickpea burger patties!
- 3 cups cauliflower florets
- 1 can (13 ounces) chickpeas (drained)
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- ½ tbsp smoked paprika (divided)
- 1 tsp minced garlic
- ¾ cup pumpkin seeds
- 2 green onions (stem removed)
- Handful fresh parsley
- ½ tsp cumin
- ½ tsp chili powder
- ½ tsp fine kosher salt
- ¼ tsp black pepper
- 1 tbsp ground flaxseed
- ¼ cup multipurpose gluten free flour – see notes for more options
- 1 tbsp sugar of choice
- Gluten Free Hamburger Buns
- Sliced Vegetables and toppings of choice – tomato, olives, lettuce, onion, feta, sprouts, hummus, aioli (mayonnaise) work great!
- Dice cauliflower into smaller pieces. Place in large skillet with oil, garlic, chickpeas, and ¼ teaspoon of the smoked paprika. Add a pinch of salt and pepper.
- Cook 4-5 minutes on medium heat, coating the chickpeas and cauliflower with the seasoning and oil.
- Remove from pan and place all in food processor. Pulse 3 times on low. Add chopped onion and ½ of the pumpkin seeds to the food processor.
- Blend until all is mixed. Batter will still be a bit thick and chunky. Scrape sides. Add the other half of the pumpkin seeds, parsley, spices, and flaxseed. Blend until a moldable “burger” batter is formed. The seeds and veggies will be finely chopped at this point.
- Place in mixing bowl. Add sugar, gluten free flour, and mix with hands.
- Chill batter 10 – 20 minutes.
- Form into patties that are 4-5 inches wide. You can use ⅓ cup to ½ cup of batter to measure this, then press flat with hand..
- Heat grill and brush the grill with oil to so the chickpea burgers cook evenly. You can also bake the burgers. See below. Grill burgers 6-8 minutes each side. Flipping carefully.
- The last 5 minutes of grilling, place the gluten free hamburger buns (sliced in half and face down) on the grill to toast.
- *If you choose to bake * Preheat oven to 400F. Line baking sheet or oil baking sheet. Place patties on baking sheet and in the oven for 10-15 minutes. Flipping once.
- Serve your chickpea burger on toasted buns with choice of fixings and toppings. These burgers also freeze well. Wrap them in foil to keep shape before freezing.
- To make on a skillet, just heat pan, add oil, and fry/cook on medium for 3-5 minutes each side . Depending on the size of your burger patties. Be careful to flip. Use a large spatula to gently flip.
- Brown rice flour or ground oats may be used, but they might not hold up as well on the grill. I would chill batter an extra 5 minutes if you are using a different flour. A multi-purpose gluten free flour (like Bobs Red mill’s) works best.
- Prep Time: 20 minutes
- Cook Time: 17 minutes
- Category: main
- Method: grilled
- Cuisine: Moroccan
- Serving Size: 1
- Calories: 335
- Sugar: 6.9 g
- Sodium: 431.5 mg
- Fat: 13.6 g
- Saturated Fat: 2.6 g
- Carbohydrates: 41.9 g
- Fiber: 7 g
- Protein: 9.2 g
- Cholesterol: 0.4 mg
Keywords: chickpea burgers, veggie burgers, vegetarian, gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian
What’s your favorite type of veggie burger? Do you make them with beans, chickpeas, cauliflower? I’m kind of obsessed now!
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Thanks for the amazing recipe. Loved it!
I must say that I love burgers and with this recipe I’ve tried making it multiple times. This is just delicious.
Did you know that Udis Whole Grain Hamburger Buns also are made with GMOcorn starch, CANE SYRUP (one of the worst ingredients in so many of the foods in the USA) and furthermore DRIED CANE SYRUP as well. All companies like to market and hype up the good in their products on their packaging..hoping to mask the bad. Not to mention none of these ingredients are organically made and most are processed.
We don’t use Udis anymore. This is an older recipe. But thanks for the information
I followed the directions to a T, and I did the oven-baking method. However, they didn’t really stick together well…basically falling apart. The taste was also a bit bland, unfortunately. In the end it was okay with BBQ sauce & toppings, and using a fork & knife to eat it.
Oh no! Did you use fresh cauliflower? Or frozen? Fresh works best.
I used fresh cauliflower.
But oh wow, I totally didn’t notice step #5! I didn’t put any flour (or sugar)!! 🙁 My guess is that’s probably why it didn’t stick together. Please delete my poor review. So sorry!
Oh, but I did notice two mistakes in the recipe:
1. It says “1 tsp minced garlic (divided)” in the ingredient list, but the instructions only mention garlic once, so I’m not sure why it was divided.
2. Flaxseed in on the ingredient list, but not mentioned in the recipe. Maybe it should also be in step #5?
These look amazing! I want to serve them with your spicy mango avocado dressing on a pile of beautiful salad greens. I don’t have a grill – would you recommend the bake or skillet method?
YOu can totally bake or use a skillet. No prob!
wow, this cake is delicious, thank you for sharing the way.
Lovely recipe and can’t wait to try it. In fact i’m In the middle of making it. Just a question, to freeze it, do I cook it first (going to use the oven method) or freeze uncooked? How do u cook once frozen
So I usually cook them then freeze individual patties. THen just reheat before eating. Hope that helps! Keep me posted.
Can you skip the sugar in this or use a different one> Our favorite vegan burgers are mushroom walnut veggie burgers and portobello burgers.
Sure! Feel free to skip or use another no prob
Hi Lindsey, H
Happy Birthday! I made these yesterday and they turned out great. I thought the “batter” was as good raw as it was cooked. I could see frying up little balls of this batter and stuffing it in pita pockets. I’m not gluten free but just adapt.
Oh yay!! Thank Beth! And I so agree. I actually loved eating the batter. Haha!
Would you suggest freezing them before or after cooking? These are on my meal plan prepping for the weekend. Thanks
I actually cooked them first and then froze. Worked great! But I think either would work. Keep me posted
Cassie Autumn Tran
I just had a veggie burger today for lunch! SO GOOD. These look way more flavorful and tasty, of course! LOVE THEM!
I love everything about these veggie burgers!!
you and me both!
Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry
Happy early birthday! These meatless burgers look out of this world amazing.
Thank you friend!
Actually, even though I am NO vegan, these do sound frggin’ delicious!
Right? I was surprised too! Throw a slab of meat on it and your golden ?
Natasha @ Salt & Lavender
I’ll admit I’m not always the biggest veggie burger fan, but these look spectacular!!
i totally agree! but these are so filling! I was shocked!
I love all things chickpea! These look great!
me too friend!
Jennifer @ Show Me the Yummy
Fan girl-ing over your photos <3
Girl I always swoon at your pics! WE can fan girl each other. <3
These sound super yummy! I think I would make mine a double, one beef patty, one on these – — haha! seriously thou
I think that is GENIUS! Beef it up!
Ohhh my these look absolutely fab!
I love pretty much anything Moroccan and these burgers look just too good! i have to give them a try. Love the buns too! 🙂
Ummm, yumm! These sound uber tasty!!
i dont think that i can make it like this anyway in my lifetime 🙁 it is saddening but i will do try all my best. thank you for teaching.
OMG, YUM. these look unreal I love that they are egg-free and loaded with flax seeds and pumpkin seeds! I can’t wait to give these a try and top them with some aioli and sprouts! ?
right? i love it! so hearty!
I’m ready to dive in! Gorgeous!
Craving these NOW!
I am totally making these for the kids this week- yum!
Traci | Vanilla And Bean
I’m blown away! Photography, recipe, tips… all of it! I think I have an obsession with cauliflower and chickpeas… they’ve become a pantry staple since going vegetarian some 16 years ago. I love how these burgers are grillable too – delicious work my dear! xo
Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
Your photos make me want to grab that burger right through my screen Lindsay! These sound so nice and healthy and perfect for a celebration! Happy Birthday!
Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table
I love Harissa! Why haven’t I made my own?
Happy Birthday!!!! If we were neighbors, I would make you balls and bring you wine.
Liz @ Floating Kitchen
Enjoy your pionneer day! Sounds fun! These burgers look incredibly flavorful!
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Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom
LOVE this burger and we love Udis Gluten Free Whole Grain Hamburger Buns!!!
Now that is a burger! And to top it off, it’s healthy and ridiculously tasty too. Great shots!
You should work on forgetting your how old you are too, but in all seriousness – these burgers are making my Monday!! They look insanely delish and that gluten-free bread, I need to try it.
Done and done! I forget my age already!
Ooh you have a July birthday too? HAPPY Birthday sweet Lindsay; I’m super excited about the day I’ll get to meet you and hug you and tell you how grateful I am to God for your example in the blogging world! 🙂 And I love how you pulled together a yummy looking burger recipe for Pioneer Day. I’ve never heard of that holiday; that’s fun that it’s a Utah holiday.
I can’t wait for that hug!
Susie @ Suzlyfe
Methinks you should make this into a power bowl!
I actually did. Hehe! Yoshi would like. <3