Chickpea Walnut Veggie Burgers is a recipe adapted from Sara Moulton. When I first made the veggie burgers years ago, I was surprised at how much my daughter liked them. Over the years it appears she has some weird affinity for anything with chickpeas, so maybe these burgers were the start? I don’t know, but they’re still a favorite.
Chickpea Walnut Veggie Burgers
An easy veggie recipe using chickpeas and walnuts.
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1/2 medium onion
- 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary leaves or a pinch or two of powdered rosemary
- 1 19 oz can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leafed parsley
- 1/2 cup fine fresh bread crumbs
- 3/4 cup walnuts toasted and chopped
- 1 large egg
- A pinch of salt and a few turns of the pepper mill
- Prep all the ingredients and lay them out.
- In a food processor pulse garlic, onion, and rosemary until chopped. Add chickpeas, parsley, and bread crumbs and pulse until just combined.
- Transfer mixture to a bowl and stir in walnuts, egg, and salt and pepper, to taste, until well combined. Form mixture into four 3-inch patties. Chill patties, covered, at least 1 hour and up to 1 day.
- In a large skillet (cast iron helps form a nice crust, but nonstick works too) heat oil over moderate heat until hot but not smoking. Cook patties until golden brown, about 4 minutes on each side.
- Arrange burgers on a foil lined baking sheet and heat in a 350 degree oven for about 5 to 10 minutes or until ready to serve. You can skip this last step if you want, but it makes the burgers a little hotter, plus it gives you time to finish prepping all the other components of the meal.
These are great with roasted broccoli.
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!
Tried you veggie burger recipe this past week. Delicious! I was in a bit of a hurry and did not cook the burgers thoroughly enough intially. I ended up crumbling the lefover burgers into smaller bits and tossing them back into a dry skillet and cooking them some more. Great texture and flavor. One night I had the crumbles as a meat substitute in fajitas. Another night had I had the crumbles with cooked quinoa, diced tomatoes, a dollop of plain yogurt (in place of sour cream) and a little salt and pepper. So good. These burgers would also be really good with yogurt-cucumber sauce. Thanks for another terriffic recipe.
I made them for my daughter (She’s 1 and VERY picky!). She loved them, thanks so much for sharing. I will make more and freeze them!
i love that she likes veggie burgers and has vegetarian friends. will def try this recipe. i keep reading about a recipe (i think it’s vegan) for ‘mock tuna salad’ that uses chickpeas
Mmm, those look like my kind of burger!
Sort of a coincidence, Sarah Moulton once did a cooking demonstration with the Chef who made me familiar with mise en place
Martha in KS
Love your dishes! Sara Moulton is a true professional. I always learned something from each of her shows. I follow her blog now too.
I used to make veggie burgers back when my daughter was a vegetarian but I haven’t made them in years. I remember making your Houston’s Veggie Burgers and loving them. I your photo is great and I’m glad you didn’t let it keep you from sharing the reicipe. I think they look and sound really good!
When you mention having them “on hand”, do you make them and then freeze some of them so you can pull them out when needed?
Mary, it’s a good recipe. Let me know what you think!
Darlene, the flax dissolved in water might work. You could even try a little unsweetened applesauce — not too much, just about 2 tablespoons. You do need something to bind the ingredients with. Maybe someone has a better suggestion. Also, the vegan brownies are good, but the vegan chocolate chip cookies are REALLY good. https://www.cookiemadness.net/2012/01/vegan-chocolate-chip-cookies-with-kelapo-coconut-oil/ Feel free to email me if you want a few more suggestions or need recommendations.
My son’s friend from college is coming on Saturday to visit for a week, and he is vegan. Can you suggest a substitute for the egg in this recipe? Flax dissolved in water? I’d appreciate any ideas. I plan on making your Vegan Brownies for him. I’ll definitely try this recipe as written for my family, it looks delicious.
I wish I had known about these when I was a vegetarian! Well, I can still eat them…I’m sorry about the aversion to grilled chicken, though. Kids usually become more adventurous as they age…