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Vegan Chickpea Burgers

These easy chickpea burgers are a much healthier choice than their greasy counterparts. Unlike beef, beans provide fiber and no saturated fat. The featured ingredients in this plant-forward recipe are chickpeas, extra virgin olive oil, and fresh basil.
vegan chickpea burgers on a white plate

This is a variation of our bean burgers base recipe. Plant-forward diets should not be restrictive or boring, which is why we created this delicious bean burger recipe! These vegan chickpea burgers provide plenty of flavor, moisture, and quality protein to satisfy your plant-based burger cravings!

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Culinary Tips for the Best Chickpea Burgers

If using canned chickpeas, drain to remove excess sodium. Mash to the texture you like. You can leave them slightly chunky or keep mashing to resemble refried beans.

Got picky eaters? Dice the onion or shallot finely so that they don’t notice them. You can also substitute ½ teaspoon onion powder.

Match the patty size to your bun, noting that they will slightly shrink as they cook. 

Do not overcook the patties or they will dry out! Once the edges are brown, remove them from the oven.

You can cook chickpea burgers on the stovetop instead of the oven, but they don’t stay together quite as well. Heat a skillet over medium. Add oil to the pan. Once the oil is shimmering, add the patties. Cook 3-4 minutes per side. 

If cooking vegan bean burgers on the stovetop, remember the 3 F’s of flavor: fire, fat, and food! Heat your pan, heat your oil, then add the burgers. Once the burgers are on the skillet, don’t move them around. Keeping them in place helps ensure maximum flavor development and browning.

Ingredient Substitutions

  • Flax Eggs: substitute 3 Tablespoons aquafaba (the chickpea liquid) or 2 Tablespoons tahini. You can also substitute a regular egg if you do not follow a vegan diet.
  • Oil for the Pan: substitute cooking spray.
  • Chickpeas: substitute other beans such as black, pinto, cannellini, kidney, lentils, etc. Use our stovetop or Instant Pot dried beans base recipes if cooking beans from dried.
  • Panko Bread Crumbs: substitute plain, whole wheat, or seasoned bread crumbs, but cut back on the added salt if you do. Panko is typically very low in sodium. 
  • Fresh Basil: substitute any herb or combination of herbs. Chives, dill, oregano, Italian parsley, rosemary, and thyme all pair well with chickpea burgers. Don’t have fresh herbs on hand? Substitute 1 Tablespoon dried herbs. Note that some herbs, like rosemary and dill, have stronger flavors, so start with ½ Tablespoon. You can also substitute pesto, but if you do, omit the extra virgin olive oil.
  • Fresh Tomatoes: substitute sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil or rehydrated from dried. 
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil: substitute canola or avocado oil.
  • Shallot or Onion: use white, yellow, red, or green onions. You can also substitute ½ teaspoon onion powder.
  • Garlic: substitute 1 teaspoon pre-minced garlic, 1 teaspoon garlic flakes, ½ teaspoon granulated garlic, or ¼ teaspoon garlic powder.

Recipe Variations

Turn these into vegan sliders by reducing the patty size to ~2 inches in diameter.

If you do not follow a vegan diet, consider mixing in ¼ cup feta cheese, or sprinkle it on top during the last 2 minutes of cooking.

Want more bean burger flavor inspiration?

Use our bean burgers base recipe as a guide, then have fun exploring other flavors, ingredients, and textures!

Use our bean burgers base recipe as a guide to make it to your taste, or try out these tasty variations!

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Is this vegan chickpea burger recipe healthy?

These easy chickpea burgers are a much healthier choice than their greasy counterparts. Unlike beef, beans provide fiber and no saturated fat. The featured ingredients in this plant-forward recipe are chickpeas, extra virgin olive oil, and fresh basil.

Chickpeas

Chickpeas (garbanzo beans) are packed with plant-based protein, complex carbohydrates, fiber, vitamins, and minerals. These nutrients promote gut health, decrease risk of developing heart disease, cancer, and diabetes, and promote a healthy weight. Beans and legumes are a key component of longevity diets around the world.

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Extra virgin olive oil is a key component of the Mediterranean Diet. It contains high amounts of heart-healthy monounsaturated fatty acids and polyphenols which may reduce inflammation. In this recipe, it replaces the saturated fat typically found in 100% beef burgers.

Fresh Basil

Not only do fresh herbs add a pop of freshness and flavor to a dish, but they add nutrition too! Herbs are rich in essential vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients that promote health and help fight diseases.

Learn more about health benefits of different foods and ingredients or in our book, To Your Taste!

Serving Suggestions

Serve vegan chickpea burgers with traditional ketchup and mustard, lettuce and tomato, a vegan pesto spread, or pickled veggies and avocado. Serve vegan chickpea burgers with tahini dressing for an extra Mediterranean twist. Pair with roasted vegetables and a side salad to make a beautiful Whole Life Plate

Serve leftover patties crumbled on baked tostadas or quesadillas, or on top of a green salad drizzled with vinaigrette or tahini dressing.

How to Store and Reheat Vegan Garbanzo Burgers

Cool leftover burgers completely, then store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 7 days. 

Leftover burgers can also be frozen for up to 3 months. To freeze, place on a baking sheet and freeze for 1-4 hours. Once the burgers are partially frozen, transfer to a freezer-safe bag or container. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before heating.

To reheat, place bean burgers on a pan and place in a cold oven. Turn the oven to heat to 350ºF. Once the oven hits 350°F, your burgers should be warmed and ready!

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vegan chickpea burgers on a white plate

Vegan Chickpea Burgers

This is a variation of our bean burgers base recipe. Plant-forward diets should not be restrictive or boring, which is why we created this delicious bean burger recipe! These vegan chickpea burgers provide plenty of flavor, moisture, and quality protein to satisfy your plant-based burger cravings!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 6 burgers

Ingredients
  

  • 2 Tablespoons ground flaxseed meal
  • ¼ cup + 2 Tablespoons water
  • ½ Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil or cooking spray
  • 2, 15-ounce cans low-sodium chickpeas, drained (~3 cups)
  • ½ cup Panko bread crumbs
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh basil
  • ¼ cup diced fresh tomato
  • 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons finely diced onion or shallot
  • 2 small garlic cloves, minced (~1 teaspoon)
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • Dash pepper
  • 6 whole grain hamburger buns, lightly toasted

Instructions
 

  • Make flax eggs: In a small bowl, stir to combine flaxseed meal and water. Let sit for 10 minutes or until thickened.
  • Preheat oven to 425ºF. Lightly brush a baking sheet with oil or use pan spray.
  • Place chickpeas in a large mixing bowl and mash until almost smooth or leave slightly chunky. Add flax eggs, bread crumbs, basil, tomato, extra virgin olive oil, onion, garlic, dried oregano, salt, and pepper. Mix until combined.
  • Create 6 patties with your hands or with the help of a portion scoop and place on the pan, spaced at least 1” apart.
  • Cook 8-10 minutes or until cooked through and slightly brown on the edges. Serve on toasted buns with toppings to YOUR taste. Enjoy!

Notes

You can cook chickpea burgers on the stovetop instead of the oven, but they don’t stay together quite as well. Heat a skillet over medium. Add oil to the pan. Once the oil is shimmering, add the patties. Cook 3-4 minutes per side. 
 
Toppings to YOUR taste
  • Sliced tomato
  • Lettuce or leafy greens
  • Sliced or shredded cheese
  • Pickled vegetables
  • Sliced or smashed avocado
  • Mustard
  • Ketchup
  • Mayonnaise or aioli
  • Vegan tahini dressing
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