Easy to make with canned chickpeas, oats, veggies, and seasonings, crispy Baked Vegan Chickpea Burgers are a tasty alternate to meat-based burgers. Combine the ingredients in a food processor, form into patties, then bake in the oven until golden brown. Enjoy them on buns with lettuce, tomatoes, and your favorite sauce.
When you're craving a vegan burger but want to skip the store-bought meat alternatives, these chickpea patties made with whole-food plant-based ingredients are the perfect choice.
And while many recipes for vegan chickpea burgers call for pan frying, baking them in the oven results in the perfect texture. They're lightly crispy on the outside and firm on the inside. No mushy burgers for you!
Try them on toasty buns or in lettuce wraps loaded with your favorite burger fixings like tomatoes, red onions, and Vegan Thousand Island Dressing. And serve them with a side of Air Fryer Hand Cut Fries or Crispy Air Fried Potato Wedges for a meal the whole family will enjoy.
Why you'll love this recipe
- Made with whole-food ingredients, it's a healthier alternative to store-bought veggie burgers.
- It's easy to prepare with simple ingredients and a food processor.
- Baking the vegan chickpea patties gives them a superb texture, plus they don't fall apart.
Ingredients and substitutions
Chickpeas: Also known as garbanzo beans, you can use canned, or cook your own from dried. If you want to use dried beans, cook them in advance before making this recipe. You will need ½ cup of dried chickpeas which will yield approximately 1½ cups when cooked.
Rolled oats: Also called Old Fashioned Oats, choose certified gluten-free, if necessary.
Tamari: You may substitute soy sauce if you are not following a gluten-free diet.
Italian seasoning: My favorite is from The Spice House. I buy their flatpacks which always ship for free. You can also use a combination of dried herbs such as oregano, basil, and/or thyme.
- Choose a different color of bell pepper in place of red, such as orange, yellow, or green.
- Change the flavor profile by substituting your favorite seasoning blend for the Italian seasoning. Options include Herbes de Provence, Creole seasoning, or Greek seasoning.
- Give your chickpea burgers a spicy kick by adding a few pinches of crushed red chili flakes or by using spicy brown mustard in place of Dijon.
For the complete list of ingredients with measurements plus recipe instructions, please see the recipe card at the bottom of this post.
- Create a "flax egg" by combining ground flax seeds (flaxseed meal) with water.
- Add the oats, chickpeas, garlic, red bell pepper, Dijon mustard, tamari, seasonings, and flax seed mixture to the bowl of a food processor.
- Process, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary, until combined. The mixture should be a little chunky rather than perfectly smooth.
- Divide the mixture into 4 parts, then use your hands to shape each part into a patty. Place the patties on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper for easier cleanup. Lightly brush each patty on both sides with a little olive oil.
- Bake in the oven, flipping halfway though, until golden brown.
Vegan chickpea burgers can be eaten on their own or turned into a sandwich. Along with vegetables like lettuce and sliced tomatoes and onions, they are delicious topped with your favorite condiments like ketchup, mustard, or one of the following easy homemade sauces:
- Vegan Thousand Island
- Vegan Cashew Ranch
- Vegan Yogurt Sauce with Garlic and Herbs
- 4 Ingredient Easy Guacamole
And they pair perfectly with sides like air fried hand cut French fries, Savoy Cabbage Salad, and Greek Potato Salad. Or serve them with watermelon tomato basil salad, Mediterranean cauliflower veggie salad, or tomato cucumber salad with vegan feta.
Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days. Freezing is not recommended.
By using a "flax egg" as a binder, which is a combination of ground flax seeds and water, these vegan chickpea burgers won't fall apart.
Because they contain oats which soak up the moisture, and they are baked in the oven, these veggie burgers will be firm and not mushy.
Italian seasoning blends are typically made with a combination of dried oregano, basil, thyme, rosemary, and marjoram.
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Baked Vegan Chickpea Burgers
- 1 Tablespoon ground flax seeds
- 3 Tablespoons water
- ½ cup rolled oats, (old fashioned oats) gluten-free, if necessary
- 15 ounces chickpeas, (1½ cups) rinsed and drained
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- ½ cup red bell pepper, chopped
- 1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 1 Tablespoon tamari, (or substitute soy sauce if not gluten-free)
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- salt and pepper, to taste
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil, (for brushing the patties before baking)
- Preheat the oven to 400°F/200°C.
- In a small bowl, combine the ground flax seeds and water. Stir together, then set aside.
- Add the oats, chickpeas, garlic, red bell pepper, Dijon mustard, tamari, Italian seasoning, and salt and pepper to the bowl of a food processor. Add the flax seed mixture.
- Process, scraping down the sides of the bowl, as necessary, until the a thick mixture is formed. You should still see some bits of the oats, chickpeas, and bell pepper.
- Divide the mixture into 4 equal parts. Use your hands to form each part into a patty. (You may find it easier to form the chickpea patties if your hands are wet.) Place the patties on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper for easier cleanup. Brush each side of the patties with the olive oil.
- Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, flipping the patties over after 20 minutes, until they are golden brown and crispy on the outside.
Nutritional information is an estimation only.