Chickpea Cilantro Burgers

by Kelli H. on April 6, 2012

 I first made the original recipe of these burgers back in 2006. They were the first bean burgers I’d ever had/made before. While I really liked them, the original recipe called for quite a bit of flat-leaf parsley. I’m not a huge fan of the herb, so I had didn’t make them again until about 2009 and then once again in 2011. Last week I was doing my meal planning and came across these bean burgers again. I knew I wanted to make them but that I was going to have to change it up a bit.

I subbed cilantro for parsley and panko for breadcrumbs. I gotta say, these little changes made such a huge difference. They went from being just okay bean burgers to now my new favorite! I’m actually making them again this week! I never do that.

Served with a large side of kale chips and you have an easy delicious meal! I’m totally repeating these burgers and keeping them in rotation. I reallllllyyy think you should give them a try!
Chickpea Cilantro Burgers
Adapted from Everyday Rachael Ray
1 (15oz) can chickpeas, drained & rinsed
1 (4oz) can diced green chiles
2/3 cup cilantro
2/3 cup panko bread crumbs
1 large egg, lightly beaten
olive oil to coat burgers
4 hamburger buns
condiments of your choice
1. In a food processor, pulse chickpeas, chiles, and cilantro until finely chopped. Transfer to a mixing bowl and stir in bread crumbs, egg, and salt & pepper to taste. Form 4 patties. Lightly brush patties with olive oil.
2. Heat grill pan over medium heat. Cook burgers for about 3-4 minutes on each side. Top with your favorite condiments and burger toppings. 
Notes:
I made a spicy chipotle mayo by mixing about 2 tablespoons mayo with a chipotle ranch dressing. This went perfect with the burgers. I then topped it with spinach and red onion. So many possibilities here. I’m sure avocado would also be amazing with these.

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Natalie @ Once Upon a Cutting Board April 6, 2012 at 4:06 pm

Mmm I love any kind of bean burger! Also love the idea of serving them with chipotle mayo and kale chips – never thought of that!

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Annie @ Naturally Sweet Recipes April 6, 2012 at 4:17 pm

Kelli, those look awesome!! I’ve still never tried making burgers out of beans. I love the idea of using chickpeas. And the cilantro is a nice touch. They look delicious!

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Made in Sonoma April 6, 2012 at 4:55 pm

Thanks! You need to try them!

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Laura April 6, 2012 at 7:52 pm

Have you ever made quinoa burgers? I’ve made them from this recipe: http://eatingwelllivingthin.wordpress.com/2010/11/01/love-my-quinoa-burger/ subbing greek yogurt for the cottage cheese and omitting the carrots and sugar. I usually mix up the spices depending on what I have on hand. They are delicious! I guess I shouldn’t call them burgers since I never eat them with a bun…quinoa patties? They are super filling and delicious!

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Made in Sonoma April 6, 2012 at 8:21 pm

Those look SO good. I’ve made a quinoa burger before but I thought they were kind of a flop. I’ll try these ones — Thanks!

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Laura April 7, 2012 at 12:43 am

They are delish. I usually serve with chipotle sweet potato fries =) They are pretty mushy when you form them into the patties so make sure your oil is HOT when you put them in the pan so they hold their shape!

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mom April 10, 2012 at 2:44 am

I just made them tonight. What a great veggie burger. I even had the chipotle mayo, too. Delish. Your dad was an instant fan even though usually when I say veggie burger he never jumps but he couldn’t stop talking about how good they were.

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Made in Sonoma April 10, 2012 at 2:03 pm

Yay! Glad you guys enjoyed them!

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