Recipe: Vegan Chickpea + Black Bean Burger

For less than a dollar, you can make an epic veggie burger!

Making a good veggie burger that does not fall apart is a science in itself. But once you figure it out, you’ve got it. I love coking, but I also l like shortcuts because I don’t have a lot of time (nor the money) to conjure up at beautiful burger with 50 ingredients with a 20-step process.

After a long day at work, I like to come home, open a can of beans, and make something fast and easy. Hey, I like beans, okay! The first time i made this burger, it fell apart during he flipping/cooking process. But I imagine it is because I didn’t take my time with it.

I also read some really great tips online that I encourage you to all take note!

Tips to a firm burger:

  1. Mix in the flour AFTER you have mixed your other dry ingredients well.
  2. Pack the patty well with all of the ingredients. Make sure there is no cracks, spaces, or holes. This will ensure the patty does not fall apart.
  3. If your patty is too wet, add more flour. If your patty is too dry, add bit of water.

Tips for taste:

Since this is a vegan burger, there is no harm in tasting it before cooking. I added a little bit of more flavors to my burger since it started off a little bit bland. Since I am Puerto Rican, it’s kind of mandatory for me to add sazon and adobo, but please, use your own unique seasonings if you like! 🙂

Side note: This recipe makes about 2 patties. You’re welcome to doubling up the measurements to get more on your plate!

What You’ll Need:

  • 1/2 cup chickpeas, drained
  • 1/2 cup black beans, drained
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup smoothie blend (chia seeds, whole flax seeds, hemp seeds)
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Cayenne powder (optional)
  • 1 packet of sazon / adobo / salt-based flavoring
  • 1/4 cup of flour (add to it if you need more)
  • Oil for frying
  • Burger or sandwich bread
  • Toppings to build burger: guac/avocado, tomato slices, dijon mustard, spinach, sprouts

How To Make It:

  1. With a fork, mash your chickpeas and black beans. It’s okay if there are still whole pieces. This is what give the burger texture!
  2. Add all of your dry ingredients (EXCEPT THE FLOUR). Mix evenly and well. It should almost be able to form a patty nicely.
  3. Add the flour and mix with wet hands. Mix well. Spend time on this part to make sure flour is evenly spread. Make sure there are no holes, cracks, or spaces in your patties. Add more flour or water if necessary. You’ll know it’s right when it’s firm and doesn’t break apart.
  4. Add to a bun. Add whatever veggies you like or have on hand. EAT!

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