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Chickpea Quinoa Burgers
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Vegan Chickpea Quinoa Burger

A hearty, juicy Vegan Chickpea Quinoa Burger served over a whole wheat bun or gluten-free bun on a bed of sauteed greens is comfort food at its best.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Main
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword: Vegan Chickpea Quinoa Burger
Servings: 8 burger patties
Calories: 122kcal


  • 3 cups chickpeas (cooked or canned, drained)
  • cup quinoa (washed and drained)
  • 16 oz frozen spinach
  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne (can use less or more)
  • ¼ cup chickpea flour or besan
  • 6 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Salt to taste


  • Cook the quinoa by toasting it in a hot pan. When the grains separate, add ⅔rds of a cup of water. Bring to a boil, slap on a tight-fitting lid, and let the quinoa cook over a low flame for 15 minutes. Turn off the heat and let it stand, covered, for at least another 10 minutes.
  • Heat the oil and add the spinach, red pepper flakes, salt and black pepper. Cook, stirring frequently until the spinach thaws, then cover with a lid and let the spinach cook to perfect tenderness over a low flame. This should take no more than five minutes. Turn off the heat.
  • In a large bowl, mash the chickpeas. You want some large-ish pieces in there for texture, but nothing so big that the patty won't hold.
  • Add the cooked quinoa, chickpea flour, ½ cup of the cooked spinach, paprika, cayenne, Italian seasoning and garlic. Add salt to taste.
  • Divide the mixture into eight, and pat each portion into a round, flat patty. You can make yours smaller or larger, if you wish.
  • Heat a cast-iron or non-stick skillet. Spray with some oil and, when hot, place the burger patties on it, at least an inch apart.
  • Cook for a few minutes until the underside is golden brown, then flip over and continue cooking the other side.
  • Serve on my Whole Wheat Burger Bun with some onion, vegan mayo, tomatoes (if you have 'em) and on a bed of some of the reserved sauteed spinach.
  • Enjoy!


Serving: 1burger patty | Calories: 122kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Potassium: 387mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 6934IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 114mg | Iron: 3mg