Hummus Burgers with Spicy Yogurt Sauce Recipe

Hummus Burgers with Spicy Yogurt Sauce Recipe
Staff Writer

Photo Sasabune Omakase Modified: Flickr/erin/CC 4.0

These delicious hummus veggie burgers are a cheap alternative to traditional meat burgers thanks to the chickpeas. The refreshing yogurt sauce and crunchy cucumbers add great balance of flavor and texture. 

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For the burgers:

  • One 15-ounce can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 3 scallions, roughly chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, roughly chopped
  • Zest of 1 lemon plus juice of ½ (other ½ reserved for yogurt sauce below)
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • ¾ cup bread crumbs
  • Oil, for cooking

For the spicy yogurt sauce:

  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon harissa
  • Juice from the reserved ½ lemon
  • Salt and pepper
  • ½ tablespoon fresh mint, finely chopped
  • ½ tablespoon fresh parsley, finely chopped

For assembly:

  • 4 pitas
  • 1 cucumber, sliced


For the burgers:

Add the chickpeas, scallions, garlic, lemon, and spices to the bowl of a food processor. Turn on the processor and blend until fully combined. Transfer the mixture to a bowl and add the egg and breadcrumbs. Cover with plastic wrap and chill in the fridge for half an hour. 

Heat oil in a heavy pan over medium-high heat. Form the chickpea mixture into 4 patties and cook for 4 minutes on each side, or until golden brown. 

For the spicy yogurt sauce:

Whisk yogurt, harissa, lemon juice, salt, pepper, and herbs in a small bowl to combine. 

For assembly:

Cut open each pita and slather halves with yogurt sauce. Top with a chickpea burger and cucumbers and serve immediately. 

Hummus Shopping Tip

Stocking up on no-cook items like cheese, nuts, olives, crackers, and dips will cut down on prep time and help ensure you have enough food for any unexpected guests.

Hummus Cooking Tip

Spices and herbs can be a cook's best friend. Don’t be afraid to add something unfamiliar to dips and sauce. They just might be the extra flavor that is needed to brighten up the dish.