Vegan Chickpea Veggie Burgers

Vegan chickpea veggie burger recipe

The Spruce / Emily Tidwell

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Total: 25 mins
Servings: 4 servings

Want a veggie burger recipe made from chickpeas? Then this vegan chickpea veggie burger is one for you to try.  Garbanzo beans (chickpeas) and some vegetables are mashed together with flour as a binder, instead of eggs, making this easy homemade chickpea veggie burger both vegetarian and vegan and full of protein.

I haven't tried this recipe using gluten-free flour, but I imagine it should work fairly well. If you want to try using gluten-free flour, I'd suggest using besan, or chickpea flour, which is fairly "sticky" and should help these burgers to bind well without adding any gluten. 

If you need a gluten-free veggie burger recipe, this kidney bean and mushroom veggie burger recipe uses oats and eggs as a binder instead of the usual flour or bread crumbs. 

Ingredients

  • 2 cups canned chickpeas (plus reserved chickpea liquid)
  • 1 stalk celery (small diced)
  • 1 small carrot (grated)
  • 1/2 onion (minced)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt (or more to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper (or more to taste)
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons vegetable oil (for frying)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for chickpea burger
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  2. Drain chickpeas and reserve 4 to 5 tablespoons chickpea liquid.

    Drain chickpeas
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  3. First, using a food processor, pulse the chickpeas 3 to 4 times. (Do not pulse for longer as you have the potential of making hummus instead of burgers.) The chickpeas should be crumbly, but not mush.

    Blend chickpeas
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  4. Next, transfer the mashed chickpeas into a large bowl. Mash in the celery, carrot, onion, garlic powder, flour, salt, and pepper until well combined.

    Mash celery, carrots, onions
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  5. Add in some of the reserved chickpea liquid, a tablespoon at a time, until the mixture can create a patty that holds together nicely.

    Form patty
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  6. Form 4 patties, place them on a small baking sheet that's been lined with parchment paper, and place them in the freezer for 2 minutes to help them firm up.

    Form patties
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  7. Once your patties are formed, heat a bit of oil in a skillet, or, you can use a lightly-greased grill pan for this.

  8. Transfer the patties, gently, as they are delicate, and lightly pan-fry for 3 to 4 minutes on each side, until golden.

    Grill patty
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  9. Remove from skillet and serve on lettuce wraps or buns with your choice of toppings. Enjoy!

    Serve vegan chickpea burgers on lettuce wraps
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Tips

  • Make sure your grill or skillet is well heated before your place your chickpea patties in them, as this will help prevent them from sticking to the pan. 
  • If you're new to making homemade veggie burgers, you might want to check out these tips for making the perfect veggie burger.
  • If you don't have a food processor, you can mash the chickpeas by hand using either a fork or a potato masher. It's a bit more labor-intensive and takes time, but will still yield a nice veggie burger.