Who needs meat to get in on the burger scene? These super low-cost chickpea burgers are a healthy alternative to beef or chicken, and are much easier and quicker to throw together in a hurry.

Chickpea Burgers

  • Prep Time:10 mins
  • Cook Time:6 mins
  • Total Time:16 mins
  • Servings:5
  • Easy


  • 1 can chickpeas
  • 1/2 onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 5 tablespoons plain flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander leaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon chilli powder
  • Salt + pepper
  • Olive oil
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  • Step 1

    First off, dice your onion and garlic.

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  • Step 2

    Next, open and drain your chickpeas then sling 'em in a bowl along with your diced onion and garlic.

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  • Step 3

    Hand blenders at the ready everyone, here comes the difficult part. Get stuck in with your whizzing death stick and pulverise the contents of the bowl until it's a smooth paste. If you want to take the easy way out, then use a food processor, but to be truly hardcore, do what my flatmate did when he first tried this recipe and go at it with a fork (expect rippling biceps as a result).

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  • Step 4

    Add your seasonings and stir in with a spoon until it's fully mixed.

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  • Step 5

    To make this mixture more workable, add the flour a tablespoon at a time until it pulls together into a thicker, dough-like substance which you can mould with your hands into patties. The amount of flour can vary, so just keep going until it resembles a sticky bread dough. Your patties should be whatever diameter your buns are and about an 3/4 of an inch thick.

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  • Step 6

    Heat up some oil (around 2 tablespoons) in a saucepan at around mid-high heat and fry on each side until crispy and brown (around 3 minutess a side). This recipe makes around 5 decent-sized burgers. If you like, you can add some thin slices of cheese onto the top of the burger after you flip it the first time for a good melty finish.

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  • Step 7

    Serve up with whatever burger ingredients you like; I've gone for cheddar, mozarella, salad, mayo, gherkin, and tomato.

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