Chickpea Burgers

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Chickpea Burgers
Chickpea Burgers are popular at our cooking demonstrations. We were inspired by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau’s recipe for chickpea burgers, which you can find all over the web. We tweaked the ingredients a bit for our tastes. We also left off her tahini sauce to save on calories and fat. Instead, we like these topped with lettuce, tomato, and cucumber slices.

The first time we made these with whole, rolled oats, the burgers didn’t hold together quite as well as we wanted. You can see in the picture that the burger has split in half. That didn’t affect the flavor and aroma however, both of which were really appealing. The second time we made these we ground the oats in a food processor to be more like a fine crumb. That worked nicely to hold the burgers together. So, a breadcrumb-like consistency is what you’re looking for. So why not use breadcrumbs? You can, if you know, and approve of, what’s in them. It can be difficult to find off-the-shelf bread crumbs that are free of oil and other questionable ingredients, so we recommend processing rolled oats into a fine crumb. And they are probably in your pantry anyway, right?

Chickpea Burgers

By April 6, 2015

Makes: about 8 burgers


  • chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained and rinsed, or 1 2/3 cup cooked chickpeas - 1 15 oz can
  • red or yellow onion, finely chopped - 1 medium
  • finely chopped fresh parsley - 1/4 cup
  • rolled oats (regular, not instant) - 2/3 cup
  • tahini (ground sesame seeds) - 2 Tbs
  • garlic clove, minced or pressed - 1
  • ground cumin seed - 2 tsp
  • ground coriander seed - 1 tsp
  • freshly ground black pepper - 1/8 tsp
  • cayenne pepper - 1/4 tsp
  • lemon juice - 1 tsp
  • baking powder - 1 tsp
  • whole grain sandwich buns or English muffins - 8


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 °F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a food processor, finely chop the chickpeas. Add to a large mixing bowl.
  3. In the same food processor, finely chop the onions and parsley, separately, and add to the chickpeas.
  4. Process the oats until like bread-crumbs, then add to the chickpea mixture.
  5. Stir in the remaining ingredients and shape into patties. Place the patties on the prepared baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes on each side.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition (per serving): 276 calories, 69% calories from carbohydrates, 19% calories from protein, 12% calories from fat, 9.7g fiber.

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