My Go-To Veggie Burger | Smoky Chickpea

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To start doing more savoury recipes has been one of goals for a while but with a lack of good lighting and no desire to make my dinner at 11am I was going to put this idea on hold for a little while. BUT in the spirit of Veganuary it seemed like a good time to change my mind so here we are with my first ‘proper meal’ recipe. This veggie burger is super simple, reasonably quick and full of flavour.


We’re using chickpeas as the base and basic ingredients, no need for egg replacers, flax or chia seeds or anything hard to find. It’s full of smoky flavours and a delicious texture.

Personally, I think these burgers reach their full potential when they’re served in spiced pitta breads with a side of sweet potato fries. Alas with the holiday season in full swing, my supermarket shelves were empty so I’m serving it up today in a standard seeded roll.

This recipe is gluten free, dairy free, vegan and full of fibre as well as a good source of protein.

Serves: three patties



Go-to veggie burger nutrition


  • 1 can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • Half a large carrot
  • 150g mushrooms
  • 1 red onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2-3 tbsp buckwheat flour
  • Half tsp smoked paprika
  • Half tsp chilli powder
  • Quarter tsp cumin
  • Quarter tsp cayenne pepper


  • Three buns/ pittas or flatbreads
  • Pesto – homemade or store bought
  • Rocket leaves


  1. Pre-heat oven to 200 degrees
  2. Roughly chop vegetables. Size doesn’t really matter as it’s all going in a food processor. Then add vegetables to a pan will all the spices and sauté for approximately 5 minutes until vegetables are slightly tender but not fully cooked.
  3. Add half of the vegetables, chickpeas, garlic and flour to a food processor and turn on until mixture is smooth.
  4. Add remaining vegetables to food processor and pulse for 20-30 seconds until mixture is combined but still has some texture. Mixture should feel moist but not be too sticky. If it feels sticky add more flour as necessary.
  5. Split mixture into three and shape into patties.
  6. Place on a non-stick baking tray and bake for 25-30 minutes.
  7. Once patties are cooked, place into bread of choice with a heaped tsp of pesto.

veggie burger

veggie burger



Until next time,


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32 thoughts on “My Go-To Veggie Burger | Smoky Chickpea

  1. I’m currently a vegetarian trying to make more vegan decisions and this sounds perfect! I want to try to make more of m food myself rather than relying on Quorn etc so thanks for sharing (although you’ve made me hungry now haha)

  2. This looks delicious! I’m not vegan, or even vegetarian, but I’m very much interested in exploring new alternatives to meals that have meat in them. I definitely want to try this!

  3. I want to add more veggie/vegan meals into my diet as I definitely think it’s healthier. It’s great that you have made a burger that sounds good for you and well as looking absolutely delicious! And yes to the sweet potato fries! They are my favourite thing. Thanks for another fantastic recipe Sophie! <3 xx

    Bexa |

  4. Hell to the yes for vegan goodness! I’m currently undertaking the veganuary challenge and I’m loving it! I’ve sampled a few vegan burgers in the past but yet to find my holy grail – perhaps I need to try making my own! This recipe looks utterly delicious, thank you for making it look so easy! The photos really are making my mouth water!

    Abbey x

  5. Jesus CHRIST this sounds amazing!! I have discovered recently that veggie burgers are actually so much tastier than meat burgers and I’ve been eating so much more of them! I’m a sucker for chickpeas and anything with pesto on so this sounds perfect, I genuinely cannot WAIT to make these. Also – do all the spices make them a bit spicy or is it just for flavouring?
    Alice Xx

    1. Thank you so much!! Yeah I eat burgers often now and I was never that into them when I ate meat. I think veggie burgers are way more versatile. Not really spicy. Mainly for flavouring. Tastes a little bit like mild Mexican food x


  6. Being vegan only worked when I lived alone during uni. Being at home with my parents means I eat whatever they’re having which is usually meat-based. I’ve tried quite a few vegan burgers though and yours looks and sounds awesome!


  7. These look absolutely delicious! I love that they’re vegan! More and more people are looking for alternatives to meat, dairy and gluten.
    I love the diversity of the recipes you post here and I’m looking forward to giving this one a try.

  8. I’m going to forward this to my sister, she’s a vegetarian with a nut allergy and she’s always on the look out for dishes she can make at home – this looks right up her alley, and nice and simple to make!

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