Moroccan Chickpea Burger

Veggie Burger You can have too much of a good thing — like all of this beautiful snow we’ve been digging ourselves out of in the Northeast — but that maxim just doesn’t apply when it comes to my Moroccan Chickpea Burger. With this one, you are allowed to eat all you want and then some more.

I am a huge fan of Moroccan food, both while eating in and dining out. For one, the food is really vegetarian-friendly, which means there’s no need to go looking for too many substitutions and alternatives. For another, it’s extremely delicious with all of those spices and herbs and beans and grains. What’s not to love?

Chickpea BurgerFor my Moroccan Veggie Burger, I used chickpeas and bulgur as the base for the patty and then built up a ton of flavor using the ingredients in a Harissa paste– a flavoring of oil, garlic, chilies and cumin often added to Moroccan stews. Because I wanted to make the burger patty fat-free I skipped the oil. You can use an oil spray to coat the pan when you cook the patties.

The buns were made with my own, foolproof recipe for Whole Wheat Burger Buns. If you are still buying hamburger buns, please, stop and try these just once. You’ll never want to buy bread again.

I slathered my burger with a vegan mayonnaise, called Nayonnaise, into which I mixed in some Harissa paste for some added zip. You can absolutely leave it out or use another chili flavoring, like the adobo sauce from a can of chipotle chilies.  Your imagination’s the limit. For some green muscle I added baby spinach, but feel free to use mixed greens or lettuce or even baby kale.

This burger patty has a wheat product– bulgur– but you can easily make it gluten-free by using quinoa instead, like I did in these veggie burgers. This recipe is also extremely easy to make and really fast– you can go from start to done in 30 minutes or less– which makes it perfect for weekday and weekend eats.

Is everyone looking forward to the weekend? I know I am because Desi and I are seeing some old and very dear friends after a long time. May yours also be filled with friends, sunshine and fun.


Oh, and I have something to ask of you too– a favor, really. Holy Cow! has been nominated for The Kitchn’s Homies awards in two categories this year– Best Daily Read Cooking Blog and Best Health & Diet Blog. First of all, many, many thanks for nominating me — I love you! And if you, dear reader, enjoy the blog, please, please head on over to the links above and vote for me. You do need to sign up first, but I will love you double for it. If you don’t, no ill feelings. Thank you!

Now here’s the recipe:

Chickpea Burger

Moroccan Veggie Burger
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Nutrition information is for 1 burger patty
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: American
Serves: 6
  • For the burger patty:
  • 2 cups canned or cooked chickpeas, drained of all liquid and rinsed
  • ⅓ cup bulgur (cracked wheat).
  • ¼ cup chickpea flour (besan or garbanzo bean flour)
  • 1 large carrot, grated
  • 1 tsp allspice powder (use a combination of cloves and cinnamon if you don't have this)
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced or grated
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped coriander leaves
  • Salt to taste
  • To build the burger:
  • 6 whole-wheat burger buns
  • Tomato, onions, greens to top the burger
  • Vegan mayonnaise, mixed, if you like, with some Harissa paste or adobo sauce
  1. Cook the bulgur by placing it in a saucepan with salt to taste and ⅔rd of a cup of water, bring to a boil, lower heat to a simmer, slap on a lid, and let the bulgur cook 15 minutes. Set aside to cool.
  2. Place the chickpeas in a large bowl and mash with a heavy ladle or potato masher. Leave some larger pieces in for some texture.
  3. Add all of the other ingredients for making the burger patty, including the bulgur, and mix them well. You should have a mixture that holds together when you press it into a patty.
  4. Make six patties, each about 2½ to 3 inches in diameter.
  5. Spray a nonstick griddle or cast-iron skillet with oil. Cook each patty for about 3 minutes on each side over medium-high heat or until charred and golden-brown.
  6. To build your burger, cut each hamburger bun along the middle, and then slather on some vegan mayonnaise. Add greens, an onion ring, top with the burger and more veggies if desired, and serve.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 191 Fiber: 8.7 grams Protein: 7.5 grams Cholesterol: 0

Vegan Chickpea Burger

27 thoughts on “Moroccan Chickpea Burger

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      February 16, 2014 at 6:26am

      Thanks, Sarojini, I really appreciate your support. :)

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    Lily (A Rhubarb Rhapsody)

    February 16, 2014 at 9:50am

    I love, love, love that these burger patties contain such basic, staple ingredients. I have all of them bar the bulgur sitting in my pantry right now. :D

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      February 16, 2014 at 4:29pm

      Thanks, Lily, I like cooking with things from the pantry — just makes life easier. :) You can substitute bulgur in the recipe with quinoa or even brown rice.

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    Anitha Ramakrishnan

    February 16, 2014 at 3:50pm

    DEAR vaishali iam a health freak vegan and struggling to feed my kids the healthy way.your blog is amazing and really helpfull. iam in India can I vote for you or is it only for your state people?

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      February 16, 2014 at 4:27pm

      Hi Anitha, thanks so much for your very sweet message — it is so kind of you and I am so happy the blog has been useful to you. You can vote from anywhere in the world, and thank you for offering to. I appreciate it! Hugs.

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    Nisha Tiwari

    February 17, 2014 at 4:07am

    hi vaishali,

    many congratulations on the achievement of holycow vegan, and wishing you many more in future.


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    February 18, 2014 at 4:46pm

    Hi, I just voted for you! I love your recipes, you are so gifted, thank you for sharing


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      February 18, 2014 at 7:10pm

      Thanks, Jessica, for your kind words. You’re the best.

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    February 19, 2014 at 10:51am

    That burger looks epic. It makes me feel hungry just looking at it!

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      February 19, 2014 at 6:45pm

      Thanks, Jon, it’s long gone now and looking at it makes me hungry too. :)

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    February 19, 2014 at 4:33pm

    Vaishali, We loved this recipe. So easy to put together and yet so flavorful. We put them inside grilled sandwiches with hummus and red chile salsa. Thanks for sharing. Rooting for you to win.

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      February 19, 2014 at 6:45pm

      Hi Ambica, so happy you liked it. Hummus and salsa sound like the perfect accompaniments. And thanks also for voting for me. :)

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    Brenda Babcock

    February 21, 2014 at 1:26am

    I just found your blog through Pinterest today when pinning your Chana Masala. Love it, particularly the chickpea story and all its recipes !!! I want good vegan recipes that others will enjoy as much as I, and your site seems to have that and more. Plus, the photographs are phenomenal. I found your request for nominations for The Kitchn’s Homies awards and headed right over there to add my vote. Signing up was worth it for access to all the food blogs, including yours!! Good luck to you!

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      February 21, 2014 at 2:41am

      Hi Brenda, thanks for your kind words, and thanks so much for voting for me. Your support is much appreciated. Take care! :)

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    Alexios Panagopoulos

    February 22, 2014 at 1:07pm

    Hi Vaishali,

    I’m so glad I found your blog, thank you for posting, can’t wait to try some of your delicious recipes. The question I have is which are the best main course recipes that freeze well? I mainly cook for myself and it would be great to cook some meals in bulk.


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      February 23, 2014 at 3:37am

      Hi Alexios, welcome to the blog! I would say most curries and dals would freeze well but probably not rice dishes. Is there a specific type of dish you are thinking of? I might be able to give a better answer. :)

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    March 13, 2014 at 7:36pm

    I am not a vegan , but I was excited to try the Chickpeas Burger. I had a disappointment;the buger did not stick together as predicted . I added more of the wheat and stil it did not work. Eventuly I added and egg to bind, but the buger fell apart while cooking.

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      March 14, 2014 at 11:30pm

      Hi Mike, I am surprised– this recipe has worked for everyone that’s tried it, and it works for me. The only explanation could be that you substituted or left out ingredients.

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        March 15, 2014 at 1:48am

        Hi, I can honestly say that I tracked down all the ingredients. I was excited to try it because I need more protien in my diet. I felt the bulgur with the chickpea flour would be the binder. But this has not discouraged me from trying other recipes on this site.

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    April 12, 2014 at 9:20pm

    Hi! Great recipe .. I really want to try it but I don’t have bulgur. Can I replace it with oats?IF not what do you suggest.

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      April 13, 2014 at 12:38am

      Hi Vedika, use cooked rice, either brown or regular should be fine.

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    Eileen Finnegan

    April 18, 2014 at 5:29pm

    I just found you on Google. Thank you so much ! It’s delightful to look at and read the recipes and I love the mentions of the omni Desi. I mean what do you need to kick him out… It’s good to hear that he’s supportive, as is my partner, of our vegan cooking. I am trying the Moroccan Chickpea Burgers tonight. Tomorrow I’m going to attack the whole-wheat rolls. (I have homemade bread for tonight). I can’t wait-I like your style lady. :)

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      April 18, 2014 at 5:41pm

      Hi Eileen, thanks for you delightful message! You made me smile. I have to show Desi your message. :) So happy you’re trying out the burgers. Hope you and your partner love them. And have a great weekend! :)

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