Smoky Chickpea Burgers

Smoky Chickpea Burgers
5 from 2 ratings
Chickpeas seasoned with cayenne and chili powder and complemented by slices of tangy onion and creamy avocado. Liquid smoke lends its quintessential BBQ flavor so these bean burgers are equally delicious grilled outdoors at your next potluck or inside in the comfort of your own kitchen. This recipe comes to us from JL of JL Goes Vegan. Click here for Meatless Monday Summer Grilling Tips.
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 cup dried chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • salt, to taste
  • 1/2 cup textured vegetable protein (tvp)
  • 1/2 cup low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 1/4 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup ground flaxseeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon liquid smoke
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 6 whole-wheat buns
  • 1 red onion, sliced
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  1. Place the olive oil in an uncovered pressure cooker. Add the onion and garlic and sauté for 3 minutes, or until the onions begin to soften and become fragrant. Add the bay leaf and chickpeas to the pressure cooker.
  2. Place the lid on the pressure cooker and cook on high for about 30 minutes. Use the quick release method and slowly remove the lid, facing the open end away from you. Add salt to taste, stir, turn heat down to low, and simmer, uncovered, for 3 minutes, or until the flavors have melded together. Set aside to let the chickpeas come to room temperature before preparing the burgers.
  3. Place the TVP and vegetable broth together in a large bowl. Stir to combine and let sit for 20 minutes.
  4. When the chickpeas are room temperature, place 1 1/2 cups of them into a food processor with the S blade in place. Pulse the chickpeas a few times until partially puréed, but still chunky. Reserve the remaining whole chickpeas in the fridge for another cooking project or snack.
  5. Place the TVP vegetable broth mixture in the food processor with the chickpeas. Add the breadcrumbs and flax seed. Season the chickpea TVP mixture with the liquid smoke, chili powder, cayenne, and salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Shape into the chickpea mixture into 6 evenly sized patties with your hands. Place in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours or in the freezer for 20 minutes. Take the burgers out of the fridge 30 minutes before grilling to allow them to come back to room temperature.
  7. Preheat the grill to medium-high heat.
  8. Place the chickpea burgers on the grill and cook for 7-8 minutes per side, or until they are cooked to preference. Place the buns on the grill to toast to preference, if desired. Place each chickpea burger on a bottom half of each toasted bun, top with a few slices on the onion and avocado, close the burgers with the top buns, and enjoy!