Chickpea & Quinoa Burgers

May 1, 2022mayurisjikoni
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Chickpea & Quinoa Burgers are protein rich with delicious savoury flavours, healthy and filling too. Served with hummus, salad leaves, tomato, cucumber, onion and cheese, it is an excellent way to add vegetables to your family’s diet.

So who says that burgers are junk food? Burgers can be healthy and tasty at the same time. Instead of serving them with the normal french fries opt to serve it some salad or oven roasted fries. We prefer to enjoy burgers without the fries.

A NEW HOME – 12/09/2016

As most of my followers know, my blog is not only for recipes but I share events, experiences and thoughts too. So it is obvious that I would pen down the event of moving to our new home in Bangalore. As my has decided to stay on in Bangalore and work, hubby and I thought it is best we buy an apartment, that way she saves money on rent.


Moving homes is not a joke at all. In fact it is very stressful. When one accumulates all the things one has into boxes, you realize that it is a lot of stuff! How much can one person own in a lifetime? A lot! New gadgets, new crockery, new clothes, new shoes, all with different designs and colours and we  buy it.

The world of advertisement is certainly doing a very good job. Any new products on the market and we want it. When it comes to kitchen stuff, I have a tendency to accumulate a lot! My daughter on the other hand loves her shoes and bags. At the new place, she had  special drawers fitted in her bedroom for just shoes and bags!


The movers we got in touch with to help came highly recommended! For sure I am not recommending them to anyone! As a matter of fact, the movers are paid to put all the stuff in appropriate boxes, label them, move them and help us to unpack. First of all, they did not turn up on time. Several calls, and they lied that they are on their way! Showed up after a delay of 4 hours.

Moreover, they dumped everything and anything in the boxes without labelling them. As a result, I was really angry but couldn’t do anything.  By the time we reached the new apartment, it was night. Of course, my daughter and I were just too exhausted. In the end, asked the guys to go as we thought it is best we unpack by ourselves. Exhausted and hungry, we ordered some food and went to bed. Luckily we had set up our rooms with the furniture before hand.


Then comes the worst part…. setting up home. If patience could be weighed, then I probably have a tonne of it! Patience with all the various fundis as we call them in Kenya or repairmen/vendors. Right from the guy who is suppose to measure your windows for the curtains to the bathroom accessory fitter, no ones really keeps time. So waiting patiently for them to turn up had become a part of my daily routine.
Once they complete the job they have come for, they leave the mess for us to clean! Generally, they are suppose to clean up the area after they complete the job.


Having said all that, the most satisfying part of the whole process is when the house slowly takes the shape of a home. And yes, my daughter and I are getting there slowly but surely. Finally, the kitchen is functional, we’ve got a small garden in the balcony and hopefully by the end of the week, our bathrooms will be fully equipped, curtains will be hung up and we’ll have more time to prepare for my daughter’s upcoming wedding.


After a whole week of eating spicy, greasy but delicious take away food, I am ready to cook something in my kitchen. In fact, we both were missing burgers so that is what I prepared. Mildly spiced, protein rich and healthy too.


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Did you know that May is the Hamburger Month in US? I didn’t till I got a notification from Days Of The Year Calendar. Therefore, I thought let Sunday Funday Members celebrate Hamburger Month with their favourite burger.


Generally, a hamburger is a type of food that consists of meat patty placed on a round bun or roll and served. One can add condiments like mayonnaise, or other sauces, salad ingredients, pickles and cheese. So how did this favourite of so many people get the name hamburger? Actually from Hamburg, Germany. Yes, simple as that.

When German Immigrants came to United States they brought with them the Hamburg Steak. Hamburgers became a sensation as sandwiches at the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis. Tatars (Tartars) a nomadic tribe that invaded Central Asia and Eastern Europe during the Middle Age, introduced raw shredded beef to the people. The Germans added spices to it, fried or broiled it and was better known as Hamburg Steak.


As the hamburger became more popular world wide, beef patty was replaced with patties made from different ingredients. Growing up initially, my mum didn’t make hamburgers or burgers for us.  First introduction to it was when Wimpy first came to Nairobi. But while my dad and brother enjoyed the chicken burgers, the rest of us had to fill our tummies with french fries only.

Then vegetable burger found its way into our household. The usual vegetable patties my mum use to make were put in between a sliced bun and served with ketchup, lettuce, tomato and onion.

When my kids were growing up, burgers was fun food for them and an opportunity for me to add a variety of veggies, beans, lentils to the patty.



In fact, the famous street food vada pav is India’s version of a hamburger. Vada in this context refers to the deep fried spicy mashed potato coated with chickpea batter. Pav is bread. First introduced to the Indian Sub Continent by the Portuguese, pão became pav over time. The pav is a small squarish soft bun. It is smeared with a hot dry chutney, vada is added to and served with deep fried green chillis.



As I mentioned above, as soon as the kitchen was functional, I opted to make burgers. Actually, the whole idea of adding quinoa to it came about as a bit of quinoa in the pantry and wanted to use it up. As I am not a huge fan of mayonnaise or pickled jalapeno, gherkins, capers, etc, my burger took up a new avatar. Served it with hummus.

At the time I posted this recipe, didn’t realize that the photos were quite horrible. In fact, this post was screaming for a makeover and this theme gave me the opportunity to do so.

The spices and herbs vary every time I make these chickpea and quinoa burgers. It all depends on what I have in the fridge and pantry. Occasionally I have served it with a thick yogurt dip where I add some fresh coriander, mint or dill with a small amount of garlic.

This post was first published on 12/09/2016. Updated on 01/05/2022



  • Chickpeas – cooked. I have used canned chickpeas. If you want to start from raw chickpeas, then soak them overnight in warm water. Next day drain out the water, wash the chickpeas. Put them in a pressure cooker or Instant Pot with some water and salt. Cook them till done. If you are using  a pressure cooker, then they get done after 3 whistles. For the IP I use the pressure cook option.
  • Quinoa – cooked and should have no water left. I prefer using leftover cooked quinoa as it is not moist.
  • Potato – to bind the ingredients together. Boil, peel and mash or grate.
  • Chickpea Flour – I keep roasted chickpea flour or besan ready. Comes in handy for all recipes that need a bit of flour for binding. If you don’t have chickpea flour, use oat flour or bread crumbs. The reason we add the flour is so that it soaks up moisture from the patty mixture.
  • Cumin Powder – jeera, jiru powder.
  • Pepper Powder – use black or white pepper powder.
  • Paprika – I prefer using smoked. Use any you have or replace it with Kashmiri Red Chilli Powder.
  • Salt – add according to your taste. Be careful as both cooked chickpeas and quinoa have salt.
  • Onion – use white, red, yellow, peeled and finely chopped.
  • Ginger – peeled and grated or minced.
  • Garlic – peeled and minced.
  • Green Chillis – optional. Add finely chopped or minced.
  • Fresh Coriander /Cilantro – if the stems are tender also chop those up and add to the patty mixture. Coriander stems tend to be very flavorful.
  • Lemon Juice – add according to your taste. I like to add a bit more for that lemony taste.
  • Oil – any oil of your choice. I have used sunflower oil. We need oil to grill or cook the patties. I have cooked them over a tawa or skillet. You can use the air fryer, deep fry them or bake them in the oven.


  • Round Buns – ready made burger buns or homemade. If I am baking them at home then I like to use Cemita Buns.
  • Tomato Slices
  • Cucumber Slices
  • Salad Leaves – use lettuce or any other salad leaves. At the time of making these burgers I had mixed salad leaves in the fridge so used those.
  • Cheese Slices – any cheese of your choice. I love to use cheddar or Monterey Jack especially the one with jalapeño.
  • Butter – like to spread over the cut buns so that one toasting they become a bit crunchy. But you can omit it.
  • Onion Slices or Rings – peel and cut the onion into slices or rings. Use red, white or yellow.
  • Hummus – home made or ready made. I like to use Mango Hummus if I am making the hummus at home. Ready made one I prefer garlic hummus.

The above are just a rough guideline as to what you can use. Feel free to add other ingredients like pickles, mayonnaise, ketchup, etc.







Chickpea & Quinoa Burgers are protein rich with delicious savoury flavours, healthy and filling too. Served with hummus, salad leaves, tomato, cucumber, onion and cheese, it is an excellent way to add vegetables to your family's diet.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Main Course, Main Meal
Cuisine International
Servings 5



  • 1 cup chickpeas cooked
  • 1 cup quinoa cooked
  • 1 cup potato mashed or grated
  • ½ cup onion finely chopped
  • ¼ cup fresh coriander chopped
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp ginger minced or grated
  • 1 -2 green chillis finely chopped or minced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp chickpea flour
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • ½ tsp pepper powder
  • 1 tsp paprika powder
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 3-4 tbsp oil
  • 5 tsp salted butter soft


  • some salad leaves
  • 1 large tomato cut into rings
  • 1 medium cucumber cut into round slices
  • 1 medium onion sliced or cut into rings
  • 5 slices cheese
  • 5 burger buns
  • 5 tbsp hummus



  • Mash the chickpeas or process them in a food processor to a coarse texture.
  • Add the mashed potato, quinoa and chickpea flour.
  • Add all the spices, salt, coriander and lemon juice.
  • Mix everything well.
  • The mixture should not be watery at all. You should be able to bring the ingredients into a dough.
  • Divide the mixture into 4 -5 parts. It depends on the size of the buns. If you use mini buns then you can easily make 8 patties.
  • Oil your hands lightly with some oil. Form each part into a thick round disc, according to the size of the buns.
  • Put the patties in the fridge for 30 minutes.


  • Heat a wide pan/skillet/tawa over medium heat. Add oil and place the patties in the pan.
  • Let the patties cook till they turn light golden brown.
  • Flip them over and cook the other side till it becomes light golden colour.
  • Remove the cooked patties from the pan and keep them on the side.


  • Cut each bun into half.
  • Apply about ½ tsp of butter on each part.
  • Lightly toast them under the grill or on the pan/skillet/tawa.


  • Now its time to assemble the burgers.
  • On both parts of the bun smear hummus. You need about ½ tbsp for each part.
  • Put some salad leaves on the bottom half of the bun.
  • Place the patty on the salad leaves.
  • Add a slice of cheese.
  • Top with sliced cucumber, onion and tomato.
  • Place the top parts of the burger buns over the patty and veggies.
  • Chickpea quinoa burgers are ready to be served.


  • Serve the burgers with your choice of vegetables.
  • You can serve tomato ketchup and chilli sauce with the burgers.
  • Add finely chopped spring onion to the burger filling if you like.
  • Best to use leftover quinoa. If you cook it fresh 1/2 cup gives 1 cup of cooked quinoa. Drain out all the water.
  • There is no fixed rule as to what should go first on the bun. Some like to add veggies and cheese first and then the patty. Some add veggies, patty and cheese on top.
Keyword chickpea and quinoa burgers, quinoa and chickpea burgers, vegetarian burgers



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  • Amrita Roy

    September 12, 2016 at 11:52 am

    love this healthy version

  • beena stephen

    September 12, 2016 at 5:33 pm

    Healthy burger. love it

  • Pushpita Singh

    September 12, 2016 at 6:13 pm

    Loved it Di! Healthy Quinoa Chickpea patty Burger recipe share.

  • Nisa @ Flavour Diary

    September 13, 2016 at 8:29 am

    yummy healthy share dee

  • Mayuri Patel

    September 13, 2016 at 10:20 am

    Thanks Amrita.

  • Mayuri Patel

    September 13, 2016 at 10:21 am

    Thanks Beena.

  • Mayuri Patel

    September 13, 2016 at 10:21 am

    Thank you Pushpita.

  • Mayuri Patel

    September 13, 2016 at 10:22 am

    thanks Nisa.

  • waagmi Soni

    September 13, 2016 at 10:32 am

    Super healthy burger recipe Mayuri dee!!! Addition of quinoa is a wonderful twist!!

  • Saswati Hota

    September 13, 2016 at 12:01 pm

    Wow Dee what a healthy version of the burgers and loved the sauce.And so true moving and setting up a new house is so painful and we faujis do it every now and then …in 18 years of marriage this is my 15 th .

  • Lydia

    September 13, 2016 at 2:19 pm

    Tell me about it..we are trying to move at the moment.It IS stressful. Lol with all of the viewings you have to prepare for etc before you move.Still,you are over the worst and enjoying your new house now.I can't wait for that part.burgers look lovey.

  • Mayuri Patel

    September 13, 2016 at 5:32 pm

    yes had to think of adding quinoa for the protein Waagmi, but I found it actually held the whole patties together very well.

  • Mayuri Patel

    September 13, 2016 at 5:35 pm

    I'm not even in the army or navy and moved so much. Well, this was more like helping my daughter to move in and it will be our home in the future when we decide to move to India. i guess my number of moves are not as bad as yours…9. I loved the simple sauce too as I hate ketchup.

  • Mayuri Patel

    September 13, 2016 at 5:36 pm

    Thanks Lydia..its true, as the house is taking shape, its appearing more homely and we're enjoying it too.

  • Aish

    September 13, 2016 at 9:41 pm

    Healthy and yum burgers

  • Shobha

    September 13, 2016 at 11:27 pm

    Healthy option.. I haven't used quinoa after coming to India.. I used it a lot when I lived in Brazil.

  • Mina Joshi

    September 14, 2016 at 9:52 am

    Mayuri – The burger sounds so healthy and delicious. Well done to you for trying out a new dish in spite of having the chaos of moving all the way from Kenya to Bangalore.

  • alkajena

    September 15, 2016 at 7:43 am

    I love your spirit , even if you donot have a functional kitchen , you still comes up with this fabulous and healthy burger

  • Wendy Klik

    May 1, 2022 at 7:40 am

    I love the idea of hummus as a topping for this vegetarian burger. Thanks for hosting this month Mayuri.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 2, 2022 at 12:58 pm

      Thanks Wendy, and it was fun hosting this theme. Got to learn so much more about the different styles of burgers.

  • Terri Steffes

    May 1, 2022 at 3:12 pm

    I know this is something my husband would love to make. He really likes to make his own veggie style burgers. I love all the flavors here.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 2, 2022 at 12:58 pm

      Thank you so much Terri.

  • Dana Shrager

    May 1, 2022 at 5:36 pm

    5 stars
    Great updated photos! This burger packs a lot of protein with the chickpeas and quinoa so I’m going to make this for a meatless Monday meal. I love the fresh flavor from the coriander and spices too. This recipe is a winner.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 2, 2022 at 12:57 pm

      Thank you so much Dana, enjoy your meatless Monday with these burgers.

  • Sneha Datar

    May 3, 2022 at 1:53 am

    Delicious vegetarian burger, my hubby will love this!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 6, 2022 at 4:25 pm

      Thank you so much Sneha.

  • Archana

    May 23, 2022 at 9:34 pm

    5 stars
    As a kid right till my marriage we moved house generally every 3 years. I have lost count of the moves. And we could not afford packers so we had to do most of it ourselves.

    I love the addition of chickpeas to the quinoa patty. I had made with soya chunks but i deinitely have chickpeas always so this is better. Love it.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 24, 2022 at 2:38 pm

      Thanks Archana, go ahead and try the burgers with chickpeas. We love them.

  • Seema Sriram

    May 24, 2022 at 7:13 am

    5 stars
    Moving house is an ordeal. I am trying more and more minimalistic because of the boxes of stuff we need to move with. The burger looks super yummy. I wish I made these when I was moving home.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 24, 2022 at 2:37 pm

      Thanks Seema, give them a try now.Am sure your family will enjoy them.

  • Priya Vj

    June 9, 2022 at 9:52 am

    5 stars
    Delicious and mouth watering clicks . I can have chickpeas in any form and am sure this chickpeas burger will definitely be on my fav list as always

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 9, 2022 at 11:16 pm

      Thanks Priya, it is filling and healthy too, give it a try.

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