Chickpea Feta Burgers

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Chickpea Burgers that are easy to make and bursting with flavor from feta cheese, carrots, and spices. These are seriously delicious veggie burgers. Jump to Recipe keyboard_arrow_down

294 CALORIES 43g CARBS 7g FAT 16g PROTEIN
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You have to try these Chickpea Feta Burgers next time you are craving a vegetarian burger. Made with a combination of chickpeas, feta cheese, carrots, shallots, and oregano - these burgers are packed with flavor. Serve them with some Crispy Turnip Fries or Carrot Fries.

I have a bad habit of spending way too much money on veggie burgers at the store. My whole family loves them and they are a go-to lunch and dinner option in our house. Even my super picky two year old loves them. However, they can get expensive. So lately I have been experimenting with making my own veggies burgers at home, like these Black Bean Apple Burgers. But my new favorite is this version with feta cheese and chickpeas. 

The flavors are somewhat Greek inspired with the feta and oregano, but the carrots add a touch of sweetness to balance every out. I mean anything with feta cheese tastes delicious in my opinion, but these are seriously yummy. If you really wanted to take it to a Greek place,  consider adding some roasted red peppers and olive tapenade on top. Yum. 

One more topping idea! This chickpea veggie burger is especially delicious with a simple yogurt sauce. I make mine with nonfat plain Greek yogurt, lemon juice, lemon zest, fresh dill, and a touch of garlic. So easy and the perfect creamy accompaniment to these burgers. Then pack everything into a burger bun with your favorite veggies and dinner is ready.

How to Make Chickpea Burgers

The key to making a really good chickpea veggie burger is making sure to get the right consistency in the patties. While some people do this with a fork, I find the best burgers are made with a food processor. Plus it is so much easier to let the food processor do the work for you.

  1. Add the chickpeas, carrots, cheese, shallots, oregano, and egg to the food processor. Blend until well combined. It should be a thick paste.
  2. Remove from the food processor. Add the breadcrumbs and stir together. Add more if the burger patties seem loose.
  3. Form the chickpea mixture into patties. 
  4. Place the chickpea patties on a plate or baking sheet and place in the fridge for at least 15 minutes. This helps the patties stay together during cooking, specifically when flipping the burgers.
  5. Cook the burgers in a hot skillet for about 4-5 minutes per side. Flip over when browned and crispy.

How to Freeze Chickpea Feta Burgers

These burgers can also be made in advance and frozen for quick meals in the future. I like to freeze them individually and then pull them out and warm them in a pan so they stay nice and crispy. They can be frozen raw or cooked, but I usually cook them so that if I need something really quick I can pop them in the microwave.

Here's the best way to freeze both cooked and uncooked veggie burger patties.

  • Uncooked patties: Start by pressing out any extra moisture in the patties with a paper towel. Just gently press down on the patties. Extra moisture can cause the burgers to fall apart when defrosted. Then place them on a baking sheet, covered in parchment paper, and place in the freezer. Let freeze for 3-4 hours until frozen and hard on the outside. Then place in a freezer-safe bag or container. The burgers won't stick together this way. Burgers can be cooked from frozen in a skillet. 
  • Cooked patties: The most important thing is to let the burgers fully cool before freezing. Once they are fully cooled, follow the same directions as above. Burgers can be gently reheated in a skillet or in the microwave. 

Chickpea burger with tomatoes, lettuce, and yogurt sauce on a plate.

Recipe Ideas for Chickpea Burgers

Consider this a base recipe for chickpea vegetarian burgers that you can modify as you get more comfortable with the recipe.

  • Make them spicy: If you can't get enough spice, add some red pepper flakes, chili powder, or cayenne pepper to the patties. You can also top the burgers with some harissa, sliced jalapenos, or buffalo sauce.
  • Change up the spices: These burgers have oregano, but you could use rosemary, thyme, basil, dill, or another dried herb. You could also try something different with curry powder, steak seasoning, turmeric, or even something like Everything Bagel seasoning.
  • Try a different cheese: For a milder option, try using goat cheese instead. You could also make them with shredded sharp cheddar, pepper jack, or Swiss.
  • Make chickpea nuggets: For something different, make these into chickpea nuggets instead of full burgers. This is a great option for kids.

Side Dish Ideas

How can I prevent my chickpea burgers from falling apart?

Believe it or not, canned chickpeas can have different levels of moisture. This can be different between brands and sometimes within the same can, some chickpeas may have absorbed more water during the cooking process. This means that sometimes a veggie burger recipe will work great for some people and fall apart for others. If you find your veggie burger isn't holding together, try adding some extra breadcrumbs to keep the burgers together. On the flip side, if you find the burgers too dry, then you can add some water or an extra egg. 

One other amazing trick. Placing your burger patties in the fridge for 15-20 minutes or the freezer for about 10 minutes is also a great way to help the patties stay together. They firm up and are much easier to flip.

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The Recipe
Chickpea burgers made with feta cheese topped with yogurt sauce, lettuce, and tomatoes.

Chickpea Feta Burgers

PREP TIME: 20 Min
COOK TIME: 10 Min
TOTAL TIME: 30 Min
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Ingredients

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  • 14 oz canned chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 U carrot, diced
  • 1/2 cup reduced fat feta, crumbled
  • 1 U egg
  • 1 U shallot, minced
  • 1 U garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • Salt and pepper
  • 3/4 cup seasoned bread crumbs

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Instructions

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1

Add the chickpeas, carrots, feta, egg, shallot, garlic, and oregano to a food processor. Blend until combined.

2

Season with salt and pepper and stir in the breadcrumbs. Form into burgers and refrigerate for 15 minutes to firm up the patty.

3

Spray a pan with cooking spray. Cook for 4-5 minutes per side until toasted and cooked through.

Nutritional Facts
Serving Size: 1 burger
Amount Per Serving
Calories 294
Calories from Fat 65
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g
11%
Saturated Fat 2g
11%
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
0%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
0%
Cholesterol 54mg
18%
Sodium 803mg
35%
Total Carbohydrate 43g
14%
Dietary Fiber 2g
9%
Sugars 3g
Protein 16g

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

The Nutritional Values provided are estimates only and may vary based on the preparation method.

Chickpea veggie burgers with yogurt sauce on a bun with lettuce and tomatoes.
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