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Vegan Chickpea Burgers with Avocado Sauce

Sharon Muse

Some days just call for a burger and fries, you know what I am talking about don't you? But what is a person to do when they no longer eat red meat? Sure you can always have a turkey burger but we have a recipe for a plant-based burger that we think you will love! 

We've all seen black bean burgers so we decided to see how it would taste if we made a chickpea burger - and it was delicious!! Some of you may be wondering what the difference between a chickpea and a garbanzo bean is - not a thing! Click HERE if you want to read more on the history of the legume and how they came to have different names.

We also added shredded carrots, zucchini, and ground flax seed to punch up the nutrition even more. So these burgers boast a great amount of iron, Vitamin B-6, magnesium, and fiber. Plus these burger and the sauce are completely vegan. 

Whether you are vegetarian, vegan or just interested in trying a meatless burger, we really hope you will enjoy these! Try them with our homemade Sweet Potato Fries as well.

makes 6 burgers

Ingredients:

To make the burger:

2 cans chickpeas (garbanzo beans) drained

2 large carrots grated

1 medium zucchini, grated 

1/2 red onion, finely diced

4 tsp. minced garlic

1 T olive oil (more to cook the patties)

1/2 cup oat flour (you can make your own but putting rolled oats in a blender or food processor)

1 tsp. garlic powder

2 tsp. chili powder

1/2 tsp. paprika

1 tsp. Himalayan salt

1/2 tsp. ground pepper

2 T ground flaxseed

1/3 cup water

2 T ground flax seed

To make the Avocado sauce:

1/4 cup Veganaise (vegan mayo)

1/4 cup vegetable broth

1 medium avocado

Juice of one lemon

Additional optional items: buns, lettuce, tomatoes, cheese

Instructions:

1.) Mix the flaxseed and water in a bowl and place in the refrigerator for about 5-10 minutes while you start making the burgers.

2.) Place one tablespoon of olive oil in a pan over medium heat. Add diced onions, carrots, zucchini and garlic and saute until the onions are translucent. Remove from heat and set aside.

3.) Place drained beans in a food processor and pulse leaving some chunks (not pureed). Add the onion mixture and continue to pulse until mixed through. 

4.) Place bean and onion mixture in a large bowl and add the flaxseed and water mixture as well as the oat flour. Add the spices next and mix together.

5.) Make 6 equal sized patties and place on a plate. 

6.) Now make the sauce: In a small bowl, combine the veganaise, broth, avocado, and lemon and whisk together and place in the refrigerator to chill. You can make the sauce ahead of time as well.

7.) In a large sauté pan, heat some olive oil to medium heat. Add the patties, allowing them to cook on each side about 5 minutes. You don't want to overcook them but do want them heated throughout.

8.) Place patties on a bun, top them however you like and add a dollop of the avocado sauce (it's delicious) and enjoy! We served these with homemade sweet potato fries (click HERE for the recipe), also delicious!