This amazing recipe for vegan chickpea patties will delight your taste buds! It creates flavorful, nutritious plant-based burgers that are perfect for vegans and vegetarians who want a delicious, high-protein meal.
Made with oat flour to help bind the chickpeas and spices into a solid burger patty that doesn’t fall apart, this recipe is naturally gluten-free. Serve it on your favorite bun or chop up these chickpea patties to use in salads or wraps for even more great meals!
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Ingredients for Vegan Chickpea Patties
This recipe features ingredients that most people will keep on hand or can easily find at common grocery stores.
Before cooking, I recommend you gather your ingredients and have them ready to use. This includes:
- Onion: Onion adds a great savory flavor to the patties, enhancing the overall taste. White or red onion can work for this recipe.
- Garlic: Garlic brings a bold and aromatic element to the patties, infusing them with a rich and savory taste.
- Olive oil: Olive oil helps sauté the onion and garlic, creating a flavorful base for the patties.
- White wine vinegar: This vinegar adds a tangy and slightly acidic note, brightening up the flavors of the patties. Other types of vinegar can work for this recipe so use what you prefer.
- Miso paste: Miso paste contributes a deep umami flavor to the patties, adding complexity and depth to every bite. If you don’t have miso paste, soy sauce can be used instead.
- Ground coriander seed: Ground coriander seed lends a warm and citrusy flavor that complements the other spices and ingredients.
- Ground cumin seed: Cumin brings a distinctive earthy and slightly nutty taste, enhancing the overall savory profile of the patties.
- Paprika: Paprika adds a subtle smokiness and a touch of mild heat, contributing to the overall flavor complexity. Any type of paprika (sweet, hot, smoked) can work for this recipe, depending on the flavor you want.
- Salt: Salt enhances the taste of all the ingredients and helps bring out their natural flavors.
- Black pepper: Black pepper adds a subtle heat and a hint of spiciness, balancing other flavors in the patties.
- Chickpeas: The star ingredient, chickpeas, provide a sturdy base for the patties, offering a great texture and slightly nutty flavor. They also add lots of great plant-based protein and fiber that will help keep you feeling full long after you enjoyed the meal.
- Oat flour: Oat flour acts as a binder, helping to hold the patties together. I haven’t tested this recipe with any other flour options.
- Tahini: Tahini, a paste made from sesame seeds, contributes a rich and creamy texture to the patties, as well as a delightful nutty flavor.
- Fresh herbs: The addition of fresh herbs, such as parsley, cilantro, or dill, brings brightness, freshness, and a pop of vibrant flavor to the patties.
How to Make Chickpea Burger Patties
To make vegan chickpea burgers, you’ll cook some onion, garlic and spices in a pan, then add this to a mashed chickpea mixture. Once well mixed together, form this into burger patties and pan fry them until golden brown and crispy.
Step 1: Cook Onion with Spices
In a large frying pan, warm some olive oil over medium heat.
Add the diced onion and cook for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the onion begins to soften. Then add the minced garlic and continue cooking for another 1-2 minutes.
Next, pour in the white wine vinegar and add the miso paste. Mix well until the miso paste is fully dissolved into the onion mixture.
To finish this onion mixture, sprinkle in ground coriander seed, ground cumin, paprika, salt, and black pepper. Stir the spices into the onions and cook for another 1-2 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld together.
Step 2: Mash Chickpeas
I find it easiest to use a store-bought 19-ounce can of chickpeas for this recipe (rather than cooking dry chickpeas from scratch). Drain and rinse these canned chickpeas.
Mash the chickpeas using a food processor, potato masher, or fork until you achieve a texture that is well-mashed but still has some texture (some flecks of chickpea pieces). You don’t want the mixture to be completely pureed.
I use a circular serrated cutting tool for mashing chickpeas. It does a great job and makes the task much easier compared to a fork (and is far cheaper than a food processor).
Step 3: Form Burgers
To form your chickpea burgers, combine the cooked onion mixture and mashed chickpeas in a large mixing bowl.
Add oat flour, tahini, and chopped fresh herbs to the bowl. Stir well to ensure all the ingredients are thoroughly combined.
Then, shape the mixture into patties, using approximately ⅓ cup of the mixture for each patty. You can use a ⅓ cup measuring cup to easily shape the patties. Firmly press the chickpea mixture into the measuring cup, then tap it out onto a cutting board and flatten into a nicely rounded patty.
This recipe yields about 6 burgers if using a ⅓ cup measurement (approximately 4 burgers if using a ½ cup measurement for larger patties).
Step 4: Pan Fry Patties
Now that you’re ready to cook your chickpea burgers, warm some additional olive oil in a pan over medium heat.
Carefully place the patties into your heated pan and cook for about 3-5 minutes per side, or until they turn golden brown.
Serve these chickpea patties hot! If using for burgers, make sure to pick your favorite burger bun and load on your favorite toppings and condiments.
How to Serve a Balanced Vegan Meal
These chickpea patties offer a well-rounded nutritional profile, and depending on how you serve them, you can really pack a lot of nutrition into your meal.
The primary source of protein in these patties comes from the star ingredient, chickpeas. Chickpeas are a good plant-based protein source, carbohydrates and fiber.
As for carbohydrates, you’ll get these mostly from the chickpeas and oat flour (in addition to the burger bun you’ll eat, if using them to serve your chickpea burgers on). These complex carbohydrates are digested slowly, providing a steady release of energy. They are also rich in fiber, which supports satiety.
Your chickpea patty will also contain healthy fats, mainly from the inclusion of olive oil and tahini.
As for vegetables, the chickpea patties are made with onions and garlic. However, if you serve these patties as a burger with additional veggies, that offers even more nutrition. Some people may want to chop up the chickpea patties and use them as a meat alternative for salads too, which is a tasty and nutritious option.
Other Ways to Serve Vegan Chickpea Burgers
This versatile recipe creates a tasty vegan protein alternative that’s great for so many recipes. If you’d rather not serve your burger patty on a bun, here’s a few more ideas to try:
- Greens Galore: Serve your chickpea burger on a bed of mixed greens, accompanied by roasted vegetables like sweet potatoes, bell peppers, or zucchini. Add a sprinkle of toasted sesame seeds for an extra crunch and your favorite dressing or sauce.
- Wrap It Up: Swap the bun for lettuce wraps and add toppings like sliced cucumber, shredded carrots, and a drizzle of sriracha sauce. Serve with a side of sesame-ginger slaw for a refreshing crunch.
- Power Bowl: Transform your chickpea burger into an energizing bowl by placing it on a bed of quinoa or brown rice with some fresh or cooked veggies and a dressing of your choice!
If you liked this chickpea burger recipe, you may also enjoy my other vegan burger recipes, including:
How to Store Leftover Chickpea Burgers
To store leftover chickpea burger patties, first make sure they cool completely to room temperature.
Place the cooled chickpea patties in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 3-4 days.
When you're ready to enjoy the leftover burgers, reheat them in a skillet over medium heat until warmed through. Alternatively, use a microwave, toaster oven, or regular oven to reheat them.
You may also want to make large batches of these chickpea patties and freeze them for future use. If doing this, ensure they’re in a freezer-safe container or bag, and consume within 3-4 months of freezing to prevent them from becoming freezer burned.
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Chickpea Burger Patties (Vegan)
- Non-stick pan
- Measuring cups
- Measuring spoons
- Chickpea masher (I use a circular serrated cutting tool)
- 1 cup onion , diced (130 grams)
- 4 cloves garlic , minced
- 1 tablespoon olive oil (15 milliliters)
- 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar (15 milliliters) *
- 1 tablespoon miso paste , white type (15 grams)
- ½ teaspoon ground coriander seed
- ½ teaspoon ground cumin seed
- ½ teaspoon paprika **
- ½ teaspoon salt , or to taste
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper , or to taste
- 2 ¼ cups chickpeas (19 ounce can, drained and rinsed, 375 grams)
- 3 tablespoons oat flour (25 grams)
- 2 tablespoons tahini (30 grams)
- ½ cup chopped fresh herbs (10-15 grams) ***
Step 1: Cook Onion with Spices
- Warm some olive oil in a pan over medium heat. Add chopped onion and cook for about 5 minutes, until the onion begins to soften.1 cup onion, 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Then, add the garlic and cook for another 1-2 minutes.4 cloves garlic
- Add white wine vinegar and miso. Cook, mixing well, until the miso paste dissolves into the onion mixture.1 tablespoon white wine vinegar, 1 tablespoon miso paste
- Add coriander seed, cumin, paprika, salt and black pepper. Mix into the onions and cook for another 1-2 minutes.½ teaspoon ground coriander seed, ½ teaspoon ground cumin seed, ½ teaspoon paprika, ½ teaspoon salt, ¼ teaspoon black pepper
Step 2: Mash Chickpeas
- Drain and rinse the canned chickpeas.2 ¼ cups chickpeas
- Mash the chickpeas. You can use a food processor, potato masher or fork. I like to use a circular serrated cutting tool.
Step 3: Form Burgers
- Add the cooked onion mixture to the mashed chickpeas.3 tablespoons oat flour, 2 tablespoons tahini, ½ cup chopped fresh herbs
- Add the remaining ingredients, including oat flour, tahini and chopped herbs.
- Stir to mix well.
- Form the chickpea mixture into 6 burgers. I use a ⅓ cup measuring cup to easily shape the patties. This recipe makes 6 burgers if you make them ⅓ cup each (about 4 burgers if you want them larger and use a ½ cup measuring cup).
Step 4: Pan Fry Patties
- Warm some additional olive oil in a pan over medium heat and cook the burgers until they're golden brown on both sides. It takes about 3-5 minutes of cooking per side, depending on the temperature you use.
- Serve the burgers hot, however you like!
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About Nicole Stevens
Nicole is a vegan Registered Dietitian (RD) and founder of Lettuce Veg Out.
She helps people thrive on a vegan diet with balanced recipes and easy-to-understand nutrition science.