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Garbanzo Bean Burgers

These chickpea burgers are totally awesome. I think I’d rather have one than any cheeseburger at a restaurant. They really rock! —Berea Rider, East Point, Kentucky
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Cook: 10 min.
  • Makes
    4 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 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • Dash crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 4 whole wheat or whole grain hamburger buns, split and toasted
  • 4 slices reduced-fat American cheese
  • Optional toppings: Dill pickle slices, fat-free mayonnaise, ketchup, sliced red onion, lettuce and sliced tomato


  • 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; mix well. Shape into 4 patties.
  • In a large cast-iron or other heavy skillet, cook patties in oil in batches until lightly browned, 3-4 minutes on each side. Serve on buns with cheese. Top as desired.
Nutrition Facts
1 burger: 447 calories, 16g fat (3g saturated fat), 50mg cholesterol, 807mg sodium, 60g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 9g fiber), 17g protein.

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  • pattiejean
    Sep 13, 2019

    These were easy to make and quite tasty. The instructions say to form into 6 patties but the the servings listed are 4. I formed into 4 patties, which were of a good size. I think making into 6 would be too small. They browned nicely in my cast iron skillet.

  • LegalSec
    Aug 26, 2019

    Delicious! I too was skeptical that they would not stand up and hold their shape. When mixing I thought I might have to refrigerate for a while, but I didn't have to. They held their shape and I made exactly except I used panko bread crumbs. I used my square cast iron pan that has the ridges in it so I was able to get grill marks. I actually think these would hold up fine on the outside grill. If you like vegetables better than beef, you will love these!

  • Angel182009
    Apr 1, 2019

    My husband is a big meat eater so he was very unsure at first. Once he took a bite he was blown away by the flavor and didnt even miss the beef.

  • Diane
    Mar 8, 2019

    Question about the nutritional info... Servings listed as 4 but directions say to make 6 patties. Also, are the cheese and bun included in the nutritional info. Thanks!

  • Gretchen
    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
    May 26, 2014

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

  • moosetrax75
    May 16, 2013

    No comment left

  • taji
    Nov 4, 2012

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

  • csteve04
    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
    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).