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Garbanzo Bean Burgers Recipe

Garbanzo Bean Burgers Recipe

“These meatless burgers are totally awesome. I think I’d rather have one than any cheeseburger at a restaurant. They really rock!” Need we say more? —Berea Rider, East Point, Kentucky
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 10 min. YIELD:6 servings


  • 1 can (15 ounces) garbanzo beans or chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • Dash crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 6 whole wheat hamburger buns, split and toasted
  • 6 slices reduced-fat process American cheese product
  • Dill pickle slices, fat-free mayonnaise and ketchup, optional


  • 1. Place the beans, water and lemon juice in a food processor; cover and process until blended. Transfer to a large bowl. Add the bread crumbs, egg and seasonings and mix well. Shape into six patties.
  • 2. In a large skillet, cook patties in oil in batches for 3-4 minutes on each side or until lightly browned. Serve on buns with cheese. Top with pickle slices, mayonnaise and ketchup if desired. Yield: 6 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 346 calories, 11g fat (2g saturated fat), 40mg cholesterol, 641mg sodium, 48g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 7g fiber), 15g protein.

Reviews for Garbanzo Bean Burgers

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backbaygirl User ID: 4811729 251833
Reviewed Jul. 25, 2016

"I was skeptical that these would be as good as reviewers said. I was so wrong. They were delicious and a healthy alternative to a meat-based burger. Very filling too. Instead of making 6 patties, I made 4 larger ones w/ the recipe and they came out great. Very easy to make, inexpensive and a healthy, meatless meal."

polishweb User ID: 5119118 192196
Reviewed May. 26, 2014

"My anti - veggie kids each ate 2 for dinner! We told them it was chicken. They loved it."

taji User ID: 1459336 188894
Reviewed Nov. 4, 2012

"I make these frequently. They are inexpensive, quick, and taste wonderful."

csteve04 User ID: 3413037 110263
Reviewed Sep. 1, 2012

"I make these for my husband and myself all the time. We add a little mozzarella (about 1/3 cup) into the mix which moistens the burger. Sometimes we top it with marinara sauce instead of the usual burger toppings for an Italian twist."

danielleylee User ID: 4484886 106668
Reviewed Aug. 7, 2011

"These are delicious!! Yes they are small, only 2.4 ounces each (per patty). So I doubled one for my husband. He said he didn't miss the meat, I am a vegetarian so I never miss the meat. Few changes, I used 2 egg whites vs. one whole egg, I used whole wheat bread crumbs, I doubled the garlic powder (only because I love garlic). Will definitely make again (super quick recipe)."

l2bake User ID: 2030987 120517
Reviewed Jan. 15, 2011

"opps! I meant 'slider'!!"

l2bake User ID: 2030987 174486
Reviewed Jan. 15, 2011

"Made these for lunch today and made them 'silder' size! Excellent meatless burger!"

skybluepink11 User ID: 4093594 112368
Reviewed Jan. 6, 2011

"The beans smelled horrible in the food processor, but the burgers were delicious once made."

cosmos1 User ID: 5649838 110257
Reviewed Dec. 2, 2010

"These were a great vegetarian burger. I added a little more garlic powder, some salt and two fresh cloves of garlic to the mixture."

ericajo2001 User ID: 5000271 110256
Reviewed Nov. 19, 2010

"The second time I made these I used 2 eggs instead of one & added some olive oil. They held together much better, just not quite as healthy."

amandakaye747 User ID: 5402044 189989
Reviewed Oct. 25, 2010

"These are really good - I didn't miss the meat. Easy to make, cheap, and healthy - works for me!"

toddobbie User ID: 4756054 189987
Reviewed Oct. 24, 2010

"Surprisingly tasty"

Pinstripes User ID: 3468767 130297
Reviewed Oct. 4, 2010

"I was so excited to try this recipe, but the burgers just didn't turn out good at all. They were easy to make but ended up very dry and flavorless despite the spices."

ericajo2001 User ID: 5000271 192158
Reviewed Sep. 30, 2010

"These have a really good flavor. The taste reminds me of a seasoned chicken patty. The texture is a little different for a burger, though-- more on the mushy side."

KY_Cook User ID: 1619535 122584
Reviewed Sep. 29, 2010

"These burgers are without a doubt THE BEST burgers anyone could EVER eat!!!!!!! TRY THESE!!! You will NEVER miss the meat. I PROMISE YOU!"

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Wine Pairings

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.