Packed with nutritious ingredients, this Veggie Burger is full of delicious flavor and satisfying texture.  Great with a variety of toppings. Vegetarian and Gluten-free, Vegan-adaptable! Video.

Packed with nutritious ingredients, this Chickpea Quinoa Veggie Burger is full of savory delicious flavor and satisfying texture.  Great with a variety of toppings. Vegetarian and Gluten-free, Vegan-adaptable! #veggieburger #chickpeaburger

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These Veggie Burgers are packed with fresh, wholesome ingredients.  Roasted mushrooms, carrots, and chickpeas give the veggie burger a savory flavor.  Quinoa has a chewy hearty texture that works great to give the burgers substance without the need for bread crumbs, making them gluten-free.  Pecans add richness and depth.  The veggie burgers are lightly baked and then pan-seared for a delicious crusty crunch.  The flavors totally lend to a variety of toppings and sides.  Our hands-down favorite accompaniment are these pickled onions, such a perfect compliment!

Why You Will Love These Veggie Burgers

  1. Delicious Flavor: These burgers are packed with savory deliciousness. The combination of roasted mushrooms, carrots, chickpeas, and pecans creates a rich and satisfying taste.
  2. Wholesome Ingredients: Made with fresh, nutritious ingredients, these burgers are a healthy option. They are vegetarian, gluten-free, and can be easily adapted to be vegan-friendly.
  3. Satisfying Texture: The quinoa in these burgers adds a chewy and hearty texture, while the pecans contribute richness and depth. The combination of ingredients creates a burger that is not too mushy or too firm.
  4. Versatile Toppings: These veggie burgers are great with a variety of toppings. Whether you prefer classic options like avocado, tomato, lettuce, or enjoy adding some tanginess with dijon mustard or bbq sauce, you can customize your burger to suit your taste.

Veggie Burger Ingredients

Ingredients for the chickpea quinoa veggie burger.

Ingredient Notes

  • Quinoa: Red quinoa is recommended for this recipe because of its heartier texture and slightly nutty flavor. While we have not tried these, short-grain brown rice, tri-colored quinoa, or farro should work as a substitute (cooking times will vary, follow package directions).
  • Mushrooms: Roasted mushrooms provide a savory and umami flavor to the veggie burgers.
  • Carrots: Roasted carrots add sweetness and a hint of earthy flavor.
  • Onion & Garlic: These aromatic ingredients enhance the overall taste of the burgers.
  • Chickpeas: They contribute protein and a creamy texture to the patties.
  • Pecans: Ground pecans add richness and depth of flavor to the veggie burgers.
  • Fresh Sage & Oregano: These fresh herbs bring a fresh and aromatic note to the recipe.
  • Tomato Paste, Stoneground Mustard, Worcestershire: These condiments provide tanginess and depth of flavor.
  • Egg: The egg acts as a binder for the patties, but if you prefer a vegan option, you can substitute it with a flax egg.
  • Salt & Pepper: Used to season the burgers and bring out the flavors of the other ingredients.

How to make Veggie Burgers!

These Chickpea Quinoa Burgers may be just a teensy bit fussy, but I promise you they are worth it! Just follow these 6 steps:

  1. Cook the quinoa.
  2. Roast vegetables.
  3. Process ingredients in food processor.
  4. Form patties.
  5. Bake.
  6. Pan-sear or grill to serve!

STEP 1: COOK THE QUINOA– In a saucepan, over medium high heat, add quinoa, garlic, sage, oregano, and Braggs Liquid Aminos (soy sauce works too) and bring to a boil. Cover, lower heat and simmer over low heat for 15 minutes.

STEP 2: ROAST– Roast the onion, mushrooms, carrots and chickpeas for 20 minutes in the oven. Roasting gives flavor and dissipates the water content giving more texture to the patty.

STEP 3: PROCESS– Grind pecans in food processor to a coarse meal and dump into a separate large bowl.  No need to clean the processor, add the cooled roasted vegetables, tomato paste, mustard, Worcestershire, egg, salt, and pepper.

Pulse together enough to adhere mixture leaving small chunks of veggies is good!  You want some texture. Mix ground pecans with veggie mixture and quinoa.

STEP 4: FORM BURGERS– Mash together, forming into 6 patties around 4.5 ounces each.

Formed veggie burger patties on a sheet pan.

STEP 5: BAKE– Bake 20 minutes at 350F.  Baking firms up the burgers.  This can all be done ahead of time, up to two days before serving.

STEP 6: PAN-SEAR– Heat the veggie burger in a pan with a little oil until golden and crisp on the outside.  About 3-4 minutes on each side, then build your perfect burger!

Veggie Burger FAQS

Are veggie burgers healthy?

Veggie burgers can be a nutritious option depending on the ingredients used. They are typically lower in saturated fat and cholesterol compared to traditional meat-based burgers. However, the nutritional content can vary depending on the specific brand or recipe. It’s important to check the label or recipe to ensure that the veggie burger is made with wholesome ingredients and provides a good source of protein, fiber, and vitamins.

Can veggie burgers be vegan-friendly?

Absolutely! Veggie burgers can be easily adapted to be vegan-friendly. Traditional animal-based ingredients like eggs or dairy products can be substituted with plant-based alternatives. Ingredients like flaxseeds, chia seeds, or mashed beans can serve as binders in place of eggs, while plant-based milk or vegan cheese can be used in the recipe. When purchasing store-bought veggie burgers, look for the vegan label or check the ingredient list for any animal-derived products.

How do I cook veggie burgers?

Veggie burgers can be cooked in various ways depending on your preference. They can be pan-seared, grilled, baked, or even air-fried. When pan-searing or grilling, it’s important to preheat your cooking surface and lightly oil it to prevent the burgers from sticking. Always follow the cooking instructions provided with the specific brand or recipe you are using to achieve the best results.

Packed with nutritious ingredients, this Chickpea Quinoa Veggie Burger is full of savory delicious flavor and satisfying texture.  Great with a variety of toppings. Vegetarian and Gluten-free, Vegan-adaptable! #veggieburger #chickpeaburger

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Packed with nutritious ingredients, this Chickpea Quinoa Veggie Burger is full of savory delicious flavor and satisfying texture.  Great with a variety of toppings. Vegetarian and Gluten-free, Vegan-adaptable! #veggieburger #chickpeaburger

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Veggie Burger Recipe

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  • Author: Tonia Schemmel | Feasting at Home
  • Prep Time: 40 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 6 (4 1/2 oz patties) 1x
  • Category: Veggie Burger
  • Method: Bake and Pan Sear
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

Packed with nutritious ingredients, this Veggie Burger is full of savory delicious flavor and satisfying texture.  Great with a variety of toppings.


Ingredients

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  • 1/2 cup red quinoa, rinsed (or regular quinoa)
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon Braggs liquid aminos (or soy sauce)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh sage
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
  • 10 ounces mushrooms, halved or quartered
  • 1/2 cup chopped carrots
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 15 oz canned chickpeas (1 1/2 cups cooked)
  • 1 cup pecans (sub walnuts, hemp seeds, sunflower seeds)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 teaspoons stoneground mustard (or dijon)
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire (I like the vegan Wizard brand)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Optional garnishes: buns, pickled onions, chipotle mayo, avocado, microgreens, fermented pickles, tomatoes, lettuce, etc.


Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a saucepan add quinoa, Braggs, sage, oregano, garlic cloves and water.  Bring to a simmer, cover and simmer low heat for 15 minutes.  Turn off heat, set aside without lifting the lid!
  3. While quinoa is cooking, place drained chickpeas, mushrooms, carrots and onion on a baking tray.  Drizzle with a little olive oil and a sprinkle of salt.  Slide into the preheated oven, and roast for 20 minutes.  Let cool for at least 5 minutes.
  4. In a food processor pulse pecans to a coarse meal, scoop out, and set aside.
  5. Without cleaning out the processor add roasted chickpeas, veggies, tomato paste, mustard, Worcestershire, egg, salt and pepper.  Pulse just enough to adhere mixture leaving small chunks of veggies is good.  This just takes a handful of pulses, you want some texture.
  6. Mix together ground pecans with veggie chickpea mixture and quinoa.
  7. Form into 6 patties around 4.5 ounces each.
  8. Bake on a parchment-lined sheet pan, in the oven for 20 minutes at 350 degrees.  Up to this step can all be done up to two days ahead by refrigerating the baked burgers in a sealed container.
  9. To serve pan sear in a skillet with oil over medium heat, until deep golden crisp on the outside and warm through.  Enjoy with your favorite condiments.

Notes

Meal Prep: Make these ahead (bake ahead) for meal prep and store in the fridge or freezer, in an airtight container, to use throughout the week.

Vegan Adaption: Substitute a flax egg for the egg. ( 1 Tablespoon ground flax meal mixed with 2 1/2 tablespoons water)

For optimal “holding together power”, let the burgers rest about a half hour to set up after baking before pan frying.  For optimal texture, make them a day ahead and refrigerate, frying cold directly out of the fridge seems to help them bind together more.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 burger
  • Calories: 253
  • Sugar: 4.1 g
  • Sodium: 824.8 mg
  • Fat: 15.8 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.6 g
  • Carbohydrates: 22.1 g
  • Fiber: 6.9 g
  • Protein: 9.3 g
  • Cholesterol: 31 mg

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Comments

    1. You could add more chickpeas. We also have a yummy black bean burger recipe that is mushroom free!

  1. Love your website & can’t wait to try these burgers! Need clarification please. After shaping the patties, do you bake them for 20 min at 350 or 400 degrees? Directions & recipe card are different for this step. Thanks!

      1. Thanks for the clarification. Made these today. They are so good! I made 8 instead of 6 as mentioned in another comment. I had some of your tahini sauce already prepared & it complemented the burgers perfectly. Will definitely make again.






  2. Absolutely Delicious! I followed the recipe and used a Brioche bun which complemented the veggie burger. I finally found a veggie burger my husband and I really enjoyed. Thank you Sylvia.






  3. I’ve looked at this recipe many times over the several years I have been turning to Feasting at Home for recipes and inspiration. I finally made them and am so glad I did! I added an extra egg white for better binding and used a half cup measurer to portion out the patties. My yield was eight, and I’ll be very happy to have these in the freezer for follow up meals!






  4. These are outrageously good! The flavor is so incredible that I crave these as much or more than a real burger. They hold together very well also.






  5. Hi- looking for clarification. The ingredient list shows stone ground mustard but the instructions refer to adding dijon. Thanks in advance.

  6. Would love to try these but Mushrooms do not like me! Are they needed for binding or just flavor? Substitute or just don’t use? Thanks in advance

    1. You could just leave them out, maybe increase carrots or nuts and chickpeas if the texture seems loose.

  7. Made exactly as written and it was fabulous. Really and truly the best I’ve eaten. Will make these again and again.






  8. I ground the pecans but then totally forgot to add them in! It still tasted good, though. What do the nuts do for the recipe? Are they there for texture? Will try again soon, with all the ingredients. Thanks again for your wonderful website!






    1. Hi Jodi, the pecans add flavor, richness, and texture.:) Glad it worked out tho!

  9. I’ve made many veggie burgers & this is the best so far. Great flavor. Mine held up for grilling, but were crumbly when eating. Not a big deal. I’ll definitely make again, but will use 2 eggs. Thanks for another great recipe.






  10. This is by far the best veggie burger recipe I’ve found. Great texture, great flavor, and not pretending to be meat. My mixture was à bit too wet so I added in a couple tablespoons of flour at the last minute which glued everything together well. I was à bit skeptical of the firmness of the parties as well after they came out of the oven, but sure enough, after à few hours in the fridge they were great. Grilled them nice and crispy brown. These will be a regular for the grill. Can’t recommend them enough!






      1. These are delicious! The best veggie burgers I’ve made and I’ve tried MANY! I froze them individually after baking and they didn’t stay together when pan frying, but were still yummy. And the color and texture looks like a hamburger:)






        1. Thanks Karen! I’m so glad you like them. I wonder if searing them first before freezing would keep them together better? Or do you have ideas?

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