Vegan Barbecue Chickpea Burgers (GF Option)

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OMG. You see those chickpea burger patties? That's what I cooked up for labor day my friends. I really wish I had come up with the recipe sooner so I could have shared it with you to enjoy before labor day, but it's never a bad time for a veggie burger, right?

Especially when the patties are made with only 10-ingredients, packed with flavor and have the BEST crispy exterior.

Every single bite is a party in your mouth. No lie.

The barbecue sauce recipe is also really easy. There is no cooking required! You just blend up some ingredients in a blender until it's the right consistency for you. BOOM. Done.

AND since I try to watch my refined sugar intake, instead of sweetening the sauce with added sugar, I sweetened it with dates, and the results were fantastic!

The combination of the sweet barbecue sauce and the crunchy jalapeños and savory chickpea burger patty really just can't be beat. Hands down the best veggie burger I've had to date.

And they are super easy to put together! You just need to chop and sauté some veggies.

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Pulse your chickpeas and sautéed veggies in a blender or food processor.

And form into 4 equally sized patties!

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I also coat mine with bread crumbs, as you can see, but this isn't at all mandatory. I just think it adds a nice crispy exterior to the patty that I LOVE.

But if you are gluten-free you can omit them or coat them with gluten-free Panko breadcrumbs! I've never like for those, so I'm not sure how easy they are to find, but I do know they exist. Regular gluten-free breadcrumbs might also be sufficient. The options are truly endless.

I mean look at that burger.

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'Are you telling me you don't want to have one of these babies all for yourself? Mhmm. Now I'm wishing it was labor day all over again! 

Until next time, lovelies. xx


Barbecue Chickpea Burgers (Vegan, gf option)

Prep time: 15 minutes    Cook time: 20 minutes    Total time: 35 minutes | Yield: 4 burger patties 

Instructions

  1. If making date-sweetened BBQ sauce, add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Add chopped veggies (garlic, onion, bell pepper & corn) to a medium skillet and saute in a bit of water until translucent. This should take about 5 minutes or so. If the skillet starts drying out, add a bit more water. 
  3. In a blender or food processor add chickpeas and cooked vegetable mixture and pulse until the mixture is well combined. Do not over mix were the mixture is smooth. It's okay to have whole chickpeas and corn kernels. This is actually preferable. 
  4. In a medium bowl, combine chickpea mixture, oat flour, 2 tablespoons of barbecue sauce, and spices. At this point, I will taste a bit of the patty mixture to see if it has enough salt for my taste. 
  5. Once patty ingredients are well combined, divide mixture into four parts and form them into patty shapes. 
  6. If using breadcrumbs, and them to a large bowl, and coat each patty in the breadcrumbs (including the sides!).
  7. Heat a skillet over medium heat with a bit of oil for frying. I use about a tablespoon or so for each patty. Once the oil is hot, place the breadcrumb coated patty (or patties if you pan is big enough) in the pan an fry for about 2  minutes on each side. (I usually will do just one test patty to make sure they temperature is right, but even if you burn a patty and bit it's still tasty, I swear!)
  8. Serve on a bun with burger fixins and additional barbecue sauce, These patties are also great just on their own, in wraps, crumbled up in salads, etc. Really use them however you want. Enjoy!

Ingredients

Chickpea Patties

  • 1 (15 oz.) can chickpeas (garbanzo beans, drained)
  • 1/2 cup oat flour (certified GF, if necessary)
  • 1/2 cup corn kernels (I used frozen)
  • 1/2 red onion, chopped
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons barbecue sauce of choice
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup Panko breadcrumbs (optional, but recommended)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil (for pan-frying)

Date-Sweetened Barbecue Sauce

  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 4 medjool dates (pitted)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Burger Fixins

  • 4 hamburger buns
  • red onion (optional)
  • jalapeno peppers (optional)
  • lettuce or arugula (optional)