Chickpea Masala Veggie Burgers

chickpea burgers

Chickpea masala veggie burgers are a healthy way to get your fiber and protein even when you have the craving for a quintessential junk food, burgers!! Now who doesn’t like burgers?  Potato burgers are always a favorite in our house with a sauce I make which tastes like McDonald’s burger sauce (yes, I have cloned it and it tastes yumm!!). Today, I decided to increase the protein and fiber content in my veggie burger with some chickpeas and added some oats powder (again high in protein and fiber) to bind, and to give it an Indian twist, added garam masala and coriander powders to it, so voila,  chickpea masala veggie burgers tonight!!

These high protein, high fiber healthy burgers are so easy to make, you can make them in about 30 minutes with just one bowl and one skillet if you have cooked chickpeas ready. I have served them with tomatoes, onions, lettuce leaves and a coriander chutney I had in my refrigerator. You can use any sauce of your choice; mayonnaise, sriracha, ketchup or any chutney you prefer.

Why would you buy veggie burgers when you can make your own with simple ingredients from your pantry. I have used canned chickpeas, but feel free to use dry chickpeas, you just need to plan ahead soak and cook them till soft (the preferable way). While you are here, check out how to make Mushroom Veggie Burger.

Chickpea Masala Veggie Burgers

Chickpea Masala Veggie Burgers

Ingredients

    For the chickpea patties:
  • 2 cups chickpeas or garbanzo beans (washed and drained if canned and cooked till soft after soaking overnight, if using dry beans)
  • ½ cup powdered oats
  • 1 small onion, finely c hopped
  • ½ teaspoon, grated ginger
  • ½ teaspoon grated garlic
  • 1 green chilli or jalapeno, finely chopped
  • 1 medium carrot, grated
  • ½ cup chopped coriander leaves
  • 1/8 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala powder
  • ½ teaspoon chaat masala powder
  • 2 teaspoons oil plus more for frying
  • Salt to taste
  • For Serving:
  • Onions
  • Tomato slices
  • Lettuce leaves
  • Green coriander chutney
  • Toasted burger buns

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, coarsely mash the chickpeas with a fork. Keep aside.
  2. In a small skillet, heat the oil. Add the onions and green chillies and sauté for 2 minutes till soft.
  3. Add the ginger and garlic paste and fry again till the raw smell goes, about 1 minute.
  4. Stir in the turmeric, garam masala and coriander powders and sauté for a minute more.
  5. Add this to the mashed chickpeas along with the grated carrots, powdered oats, chaat masala, coriander leaves and salt to taste.
  6. Mix well to combine all the flavors.
  7. Make 2 to 3 inch patties depending upon your preference and chill in the refrigerator for at least half an hour.
  8. Just before making the burgers, heat a skillet and add enough oil to shallow fry the patties.
  9. Add the patties and fry on each side till crisp and golden brown.
  10. Place on paper towels to soak the excess oil.
  11. Serve warm or cold on a toasted burger bun with tomatoes, lettuce, onions, green coriander chutney and any other fixings you like.
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Step by Step Method:

In a large bowl, coarsely mash the chickpeas with a fork.  Keep aside.

In a small skillet, heat the oil.  Add the onions and green chillies and sauté for 2 minutes till soft.

Add the ginger and garlic paste and fry again till the raw smell goes, about 1 minute.

Stir in the turmeric, garam masala and coriander powders and sauté for a minute more.

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Add this to the mashed chickpeas along with the grated carrots, powdered oats, chaat masala, coriander leaves and salt to taste.

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Mix well to combine all the flavors.

Make 2 to 3 inch patties depending upon your preference and chill in the refrigerator for at least half an hour.

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Just before making the burgers, heat a skillet and add enough oil to shallow fry the patties.

Add the patties and fry on each side till crisp and golden brown.

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Place on paper towels to soak the excess oil.

Serve warm or cold on a toasted burger bun with tomatoes, lettuce, onions, green coriander chutney, McDonald’s burger sauce (recipe below) and any other fixings you like.

Note:

If you prefer, you can also bake these patties for a healthier version at 350 F for about 10 to 15 minutes.

Additional vegetables like peas, beans or even beetroot can be added to the  patties.

Recipe for McDonald’s Burger Sauce:

In a small bowl, blend 1/2 up mayonnaise, 2 to 3 teaspoons tomato ketchup (if you want a spicy sauce, use tomato chilli sauce or Sriracha sauce), 2 teaspoons finely chopped red onions and if you have a bottle of dill pickles, stir in 1 to 2 teaspoons of brine or juice from the bottle. Mix well, and enjoy as a topping for the burgers!

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