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Chickpea Burger Patty [Vegan]

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No one will ever know that these burgers are made of chickpeas, unless you tell them. Shallots, chickpeas, tahini, and spices are combined and sautéed to crisp perfection for one of the most satisfying veggie burgers I've tasted. I've stuffed them into pita pockets and doused them with yogurt sauce, but they’re just as wonderful with ketchup and mustard, or raw onion and a little hummus. These are thinner patties that should be cooked until crisp. Handle them as little as possible, and let them cook well on the first side before flipping.

Dilled Chickpea Burger with Spicy Yogurt Sauce

This Recipe is :

Dairy Free Vegan






For the Yogurt Sauce:

  • 1 cup plain vegan yogurt
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

For the Chickpea Burgers:

  • 1 15-ounce can chickpeas, well-drained and rinsed
  • 1/3 cup fresh dill, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup shallots, minced
  • 2 tablespoons plain dry bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • About 1/4 cup vegetable oil, for oiling the pan

To Assemble:

  • 6 pita pockets or buns


  1. To make the yogurt sauce, place all the ingredients in a small bowl and stir ­until blended thoroughly.
  2. To make the burger, lightly mash half of the chickpeas in a medium bowl. Add the dill, shallots, bread crumbs, and lemon juice and mix well.
  3. In a food processor, combine the remaining chickpeas, tahini, salt, pepper and cumin until smooth. Add to the mashed chickpeas, mix well, and form into six to eight patties.
  4. Oil a 12-inch skillet over medium heat and cook the burgers until very crispy and dark golden on both sides, about 6 minutes. Don’t flip them too much! Drain on paper towels or brown paper bags on a wire rack.
  5. Stuff the patties in pita pockets. Drizzle with yogurt sauce.


This recipe is from Mayim’s Vegan Table: More Than 100 Great-Tasting and Healthy Recipes from My Family to Yours by Mayim Bialik with Dr. Jay Gordon. Reprinted courtesy of Da Capo Lifelong Books.





Mayim Hoya Bialik is currently seen starring on the CBS Chuck Lorre hit comedy “The Big Bang Theory,” where she plays the role of Amy Farrah Fowler. Mayim released her first book on attachment parenting through Simon & Schuster titled “Beyond the Sling.” She most recently released her 2nd book “Mayim’s Vegan Table,” a Vegan family cookbook, February 2014 by Da Capo Press.



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47 comments on “Chickpea Burger Patty [Vegan]”

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1 Years Ago

This is actually the first recipe I tried that used chickpeas. I didn\'t have the canned chickpeas, only the dry raw ones that you can buy in bulk. I measured out 15 oz. and let them soak overnight. For those of you who don\'t know, the mass doubled so it ended up being 30 oz so I had to double the whole recipe. So, if you find yourself in my situation, measure out 7.5 oz dry chickpeas so the next day, you\'ll have approximately 15 oz. You also have to cook them in a pot at a boil for about half an hour so they can become soft enough to mash. I didn\'t have tahini on hand so I subbed it with sesame oil. I also strongly dislike cumin powder so I only used 1/4 of a tsp but if you\'re only making one portion, it would be 1/8 of a tsp. I also didn\'t have a food processor on hand since mine broke a few years ago and I haven\'t gotten around to actually replacing it. I do have a blender that has a setting called "Food Processor" so I used that instead and the chickpeas got stuck in the blade the entire time so I gave up and ended up mashing them with a potato masher. The final mixture ended up being very dry and crumbly so I added about half a cup of water gradually: stir and pour, stir and pour. I also added 1 1/2 tsp more salt but if you\'re only making one portion, it would be 1 tsp more. When frying the patties, make sure you make them small, the size of your palm and not too thick otherwise when it comes time to flip them over, they\'ll just fall apart. I ended up frying for about 3-4 minutes on each side and for each new batch I fried, I added 3 T of olive oil to the skillet and they turned out delicious! Overall, I loved how they turned out. They were a bit of a pain to make but pretty much worth it. I do not like vegan yogurt so I didn\'t bother making the vegan yogurt sauce. I did however, make this sauce: http://www.wikihow.com/Make-Spicy-Vegan-Pasta-Sauce and although it is meant for pasta, I thought it was pretty good, but you can use whatever sauces you have at home. I would give it 4/5 stars because of all the adjustments I ended up making and because it took me about 3 hours or so to finish it all. This is a very good recipe though!

love trees
4 Years Ago

The problem with all these recipes is that they are very high in carbohydrates. Since 1825 until the 60s it was a proven fact that they way to drop fatty tissue was to drop flour, beans, potatoes, sugar and especially flour WITH sugar. Some people have a predisposition to gain weight and if you do remember this: Calories in and calories out DOES NOT WORK... IT IS NOT SAFE. The only safe way to drop the fatty tissue and pounds is to eliminate the sugary and starchy carbs.

14 Nov 2014

LOL at calories in calories out does not work. Can you please alert the physics world that you\'ve found a way to break the laws of thermodynamics and effectively destroy the basis of all matter on earth? Perhaps you can use your wisdom to help us implement this technique you\'ve found for creating and destroying energy.

4 Years Ago

Looks delicious, I can't wait to try these and see how they turn out. I am a fan of canned chickpeas. I'm a lawyer who manages a business and blogs - anything that gives me even a spare five minutes to my day is useful. :)

Lee Bryan
4 Years Ago

Amanda Springall Bauer Yum!

Veronique Morris
4 Years Ago

That looks delicious x

Constance McQuoid
4 Years Ago

nice recipe except that I'd recommend using fresh made chick peas and not canned. This can be done in a crock pot left overnight. You can make any type of bean and have them on hand for many different recipes. thank you

Andrea Kutasi
4 Years Ago

Hű! :) :)

Gary Saber
4 Years Ago

I can't believe I used to eat veggie (GMO soy) burgers at TGI Friday..Is it too late to sue them ?

Andrea Ros
14 Mar 2014

we live and learn, Gary.

Leah Ruth Karalius
4 Years Ago

Al Karalius

Christine Ciancio
4 Years Ago

Thanks for posting this. The sandwich looked so yummy I had to follow the link. I went to the site and it is awesome :)


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