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The Best Vegan Chickpea Burger Recipe: Easy To Make Patties

These chickpea burgers are easy to make and vegan. I’ve sourced and tested some of the best chickpea burger recipes to find patties that won’t fall apart when cooking.

Chickpea burger patties are excellent for meal prep – just freeze and use as required and if you make your own they’re so tasty compared with shop-bought options.

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Vegan Chickpea Burgers

The Secret Behind The Best Chickpea Veggie Burgers

I find I get the best results when I pan-fry the patties first for a few minutes on each side, then bake them in the oven.

Pan-frying the patties first will give them a lovely golden color and crispy texture on the outside. Baking them for about another 15 minutes finishes off cooking the patties throughout without drying out too much or the patties falling apart.

chickpea burger patties

How Do You Keep Chickpea Burgers From Falling Apart?

The main complaint about the homemade veggie burger – they fall apart. Eating them becomes a huge challenge with most of the burger ending up in your lap!

The trick is to use a recipe with some sticky ingredients. A vegan egg replacer such as flax egg will help bind the ingredients together and sticky ingredients such as nut butter, tahini, tomato paste, or even mashed sweet potatoes work well.

Another way to help keep your vegan chickpea burgers from falling apart is to form them into smaller patties. This will help them cook evenly and hold their shape a bit better.

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The Best Chickpea Burger Recipe

I’ve tested lots of chickpea burgers and these are my favorites. I hope you enjoy them.

1. Sun-Dried Tomato Chickpea Burgers

This recipe uses dried chickpeas instead of tinned chickpeas for a more authentic flavor but cleverly prepares them in just one hour using a method borrowed from the Kitchn. (Usually dried chickpeas need to be soaked overnight before use).

After mixing all the ingredients together in a food processor, the patties are cooked in a large skillet over medium heat or medium-high heat until golden brown on both sides. If you haven’t got a food processor you can always mix the ingredients together in a large bowl using a potato masher.

Add your favorite toppings. A slice of red onion, fresh herbs, and bbq sauce work well. The sun-dried tomato in the burgers gives a lovely sweetness and savory depth of flavor.

sundried tomato chickpea burger

Full recipe on Minimalist Baker

2. Curried Chickpea & Carrot Burgers

Some veggie patties can be a little bland but not this recipe! The main ingredient is still chickpeas but this healthy recipe combines whole grains of quick oats with shredded carrots and lots of spices to deliver some big flavors.

Top with vegan mayo, green onion, and fresh parsley for a winning combination.

curried carrot chickpea burgers

Full recipe on Simply Quinoa

3. Falafel Burgers

This is a great chickpea patty recipe, I just don’t think you can call them falafels. They’re just too big and the patty mixture is a little Americanized with the added carrot. That doesn’t stop them from being a delicious plant-based recipe!

The recipe makes 8 burgers – that’s too much to cook in one go. Pan-fry the first four burgers in a bit of oil and place patties on parchment paper to rest while you cook the remainder. These vegan recipes are great for meal prep. You store the leftover patties in an airtight container and use them later in the week.

falafel burger

Full recipe on Love & Lemons

4. Vegan Chickpea & Quinoa Burger

Delicious in whole-grain burger buns, this amazing vegan burger will appeal to the whole family. Adding quinoa to the rest of the ingredients gives a really satisfying texture – and packs a high protein punch. Baked in the oven, it’s a flavorful veggie burger with a real crunch.

quinoa burger

Full recipe on Green Evi

The Best Fillings For Vegan Chickpea Burgers

No vegan chickpea burger is complete without a good selection of fillings. Even the best vegan patties can be a little on the dry side, so it’s important to add toppings with a range of flavors and textures.

Here are some of my favorites:

  • Roasted red pepper hummus
  • Guacamole
  • Sliced avocado
  • Vegan mayo
  • Barbecue sauce
  • Crisp lettuce
  • Slice of beefsteak tomato
  • Pickled onions or beetroot
  • Grated carrot or zucchini
  • Vegan tzatziki sauce
  • Sliced red onion
  • Fresh parsley or cilantro leaves
  • Hot sauce (such as sriracha)

Chow down on healthy chickpea burgers as an alternative to a regular meat version. You don’t need to be vegan to give them a try! These easy chickpea burger recipes are so tasty I’m sure you’ll love them as much as I do.

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