This easy vegan chickpea burgers recipe can be made in under 30 minutes. It's a delicious meat free burger that's perfect for a busy weeknight dinner. Serve with our Crispy Baked Oil-Free French Fries.
Ingredients and Substitutions
This is a visual cue to help you make the best chickpea burgers.
Exact measurements can be found in the recipe card.
Chickpeas - Chickpeas, or garbanzo beans, are the base of this recipe. You can used canned or make them fresh. Here's a link to show you how to cook dried garbanzo beans.
Aquafaba - This is the liquid from the can of chickpeas. It's a great binder and works like an egg would.
Breadcrumbs - This is also a binder ingredient. If you want to make these plant-based burgers gluten-free, you can use the same amount of oat flour.
Bell Pepper, Onion, Garlic, Parsley - We love this veggie combination. Feel free to use sun dried tomato or spinach or kale.
Onion Powder - In addition to fresh onions, we add onion powder for even more flavor.
Spices - Cumin and a hint of cayenne pepper work so well with this recipe. You could also add a bit of smoked paprika.
How to Make Them
Here is a step-by-step guide to help you make the burgers.
Drain (save the aquafaba for the recipe) and rinse the canned chickpeas and process in a food processor until they're mostly creamy but you can still see solid pieces, like the picture above. It shouldn't be as creamy as hummus.
Put the ground chickpeas into a large mixing bowl along with the chopped veggies, spices, breadcrumbs, and aquafaba.
Add salt and pepper to taste.
Mix the ingredients well until they're fully combined.
Taste the mixture and add more salt if needed.
Divide the chickpea batter into four even sections and form each one into patties.
Put a thin layer of olive oil in the bottom of a frying pan and cook over medium heat for approximately 7 minutes per side.
Cover with a lid to ensure that the center of the burger is cooked fully.
Frequently Asked Questions and Pro Tips
Onions and bell peppers contain water, so when you process them they will release the water and make the mixture too wet. It's best to finely chop them and fold them in.
The burgers will set as they chill, making it less likely that they'll fall apart while cooking.
Yes, you can bake them in a 375°F (190°C) oven for approximately 10-12 minutes per side, or until they're golden brown. Spray or brush with a thin film of oil to make them crispy.
To store unbaked patties, stack between parchment paper and place in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Freeze in a freezer safe container for up to 2 months. Thaw in the refrigerator.
More Vegan Burger Recipes
Vegan Chickpea Burgers
- food processor
- grill or stove
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil we use olive oil
- 25 ounces cooked chickpeas drained
- 1 ¼ cup breadcrumbs
- 1 small onion – finely chopped
- 3 cloves garlic - minced
- ½ cup red bell pepper - finely chopped
- ¼ cup minced parsley
- 3 tablespoons aquafaba add more if the mixture needs it.
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- Drain (reserve the aquafaba for the recipe) and rinse the chickpeas and pat dry.
- Process the chickpeas in a food processor until the beans begin to become creamy, but still have texture. You should see solid pieces, not whole beans.
- Scrape the processed chickpeas into a large mixing bowl and add the chopped onion, bell pepper, minced garlic and parsley, 1 ¼ cups breadcrumbs, 3 tablespoons of aquafaba (more if necessary),1 teaspoon of garlic powder and cumin, ⅛ teaspoon of cayenne pepper, and salt and pepper to taste. Stir until fully combined.
- Divide the mixture into 4 equal sections and form into patties. You can cook immediately, although they set up better for cooking if refrigerated for at least an hour.
- Heat 2 tablespoon of oil on medium heat in a large frying pan. When the oil is hot, add the patties to the pan and cook until golden brown, approximately 7 minutes, and then flip and cook the other side until golden brown.Cover with a lid to ensure that they cook all the way through.