Chickpea Garden Veggie Burgers

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Garden Veggie Burger with Baked Chili Fries – Healthy, Plant-Based, Gluten-Free, Oil-Free, Vegan Dinner Recipe (15)

Medium |  Servings: 6  |  Ready In: 45 minutes |  Yield: 6 burgers

These gluten-free vegan burgers celebrate the fresh herbs and vegetables from the summer season, with healthy chickpeas as a base.  This is a delicious, plant-based, oil-free recipe that makes a satisfying dinner, even for meat-eaters.  Kid approved.  Serve with Italian Roasted Red Potato Wedges, Pickled Red Onions in Apricot Brine, and Kale Avocado Salad.

Ingredients

  • 2 zucchini, diced
  • 1 orange bell pepper, diced
  • 2 (15-ounce) cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup brown rice flour
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas, thawed
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • ground black pepper, to taste

How it’s Done

Preheat your oven to 350 F.  Line a large baking sheet pan with either parchment paper or a non-stick Silpat.

To prepare the Chickpea Garden Veggie Burger base: Place the zucchini, bell pepper, and chickpeas in wide pan.  Cover and cook over medium heat, just 5-7 minutes, until chickpeas are soft. When mixture starts to brown and stick to the pan, you’re ready.  Remove the mixture from the pan and place in a medium bowl.  Stir in the brown rice flour.  Use either an immersion blender or a food processor to puree the Chickpea Garden Veggie Burger Base.  Return to the bowl.  Add the chives, basil, frozen peas, salt, and pepper.  Stir to combine.  Taste and adjust seasoning as needed.

To shape and bake your Chickpea Garden Veggie Burgers: Scoop about 1/2 cup for each burger and place on the lined pan.
Bake at 350F for 45-50 minutes
Flip after the first 30 minutes.

To Shape and Bake the Veggies Burgers: Scoop mixture out into burger shapes: 1/2 cup for full-sized burgers, 1/4-cup for sliders. Place about 1/2 inch apart on your pre-lined baking sheet.
Bake at 350F for 30-40 minutes. Flip about 20-25 minutes through cooking.

Serve with Italian Roasted Red Potato Wedges, Pickled Red Onions in Apricot Brine, and Kale Avocado Salad.

Yield: 6 burgers

Garden Veggie Burger with Baked Chili Fries – Healthy, Plant-Based, Gluten-Free, Oil-Free, Vegan Dinner Recipe

Chef Katie’s Tips: 

Veggie Burger Tricks:  There are three tricks to making sure your veggie burger can hold up on a grill: Make sure your burger “base” is very dry.  Puree the base completely smooth – crumbly burgers tend to fall apart.  Freeze the burger patties for at least 30 minutes before throwing on the grill.  This will help them hold.

Herb and Veggie Substitutes:  Use any fresh herbs in this recipe. Thyme, parsley, basil, mint, chives, tarragon, and oregano would all work.  You can use yellow summer squash in place of the zucchini and any color bell pepper in place of the orange bell pepper.

Dried Herbs: If you don’t have fresh herbs on-hand, use dried.  Use half as many dried herbs as you would fresh.  For 2 tablespoons fresh chives, use 1 tablespoon dried chives.

Freezer-Friendly: Make a double-batch of these burgers.  After baking them in the oven, store extra burgers in an airtight container (or wrap in foil) in your freezer.  When you’re hungry, pop right into a 350F oven for 10-12 minutes, until warm in the center.

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Nutrition Facts

Serving size: 1/6 of a recipe (1 burger, without toppings or bun).

Calories 186.7
Calories From Fat (12%) 22.47
% Daily Value

  • Total Fat 2.68g 4%
  • Saturated Fat 0.3g 2%
  • Cholesterol 0mg 0%
  • Sodium 399.33mg 17%
  • Potassium 424.89mg 12%
  • Total Carbohydrates 33.42g 11%
  • Fiber 2.94g 12%
  • Sugar 2.97g
  • Protein 9.21g 18%
  • Calcium 104.67mg 10%
  • Iron 64.39mg 358%
  • Vitamin A 967.67IU 19%
  • Vitamin C 0mg 0%

Shopping and Gear List

  • Bob’s Red Mill Organic Whole Grain Brown Rice Flour 24 Ounce
  • McCormick Freeze Dried Chives, 0.16 oz
  • Update International (DP-8) 4 oz Stainless Steel Disher

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  • Please add to the ingredients how many sweet potatoes there should be in the recipe. Thank you. Your recipies are so ingenious and delicious. Thank you for sharing them with us.

    • Thanks, Nora. My apologies – these ingredients were incorrectly used in the instructions, but they’re not in the recipe. I’ve updated the recipe. Thanks for catching this. I just made these yesterday – so good!