Chickpea Veggie Burgers

Easy veggie burgers made with chickpeas, lemon, greens and chives atop a whole grain bun with spicy garlic aioli.




  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 small onion, finely diced
  • 2 cups watercress, roughly chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 15-ounce cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • ½ cup Panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 large egg
  • Zest and juice of 1 small lemon
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

Spicy Garlic Aioli: 

  • ¼ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon Sriracha or chili garlic sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • Coarse salt and ground black pepper, to taste

To Assemble Burgers:

  • 4 whole grain buns, toasted
  • Sliced avocado, sliced tomato & watercress, for topping


  1. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a cast iron skillet or large non-stick skillet to medium heat.  Add onion and sauté 3-4 minutes, until soft.  Stir in watercress and garlic and sauté 1-2 minutes, until watercress is wilted and garlic is fragrant.
  2. Transfer onion and watercress mixture into the bowl of a food processor.  Add chickpeas, breadcrumbs, egg, lemon, chives, salt and pepper.  Process until a smooth paste forms.  Remove blade from food processor, then form 4 equal-sized patties.  Place on a plate, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate at least 1 hour.
  3. To make the aioli, whisk together yogurt, mayo, chili garlic sauce, garlic and a pinch of salt and pepper in a glass bowl.  Fit it with a lid and refrigerate.
  4. To cook burgers, heat remaining tablespoon of olive oil in the same skillet to medium-high heat.  Place burgers in the hot oil and cook 4-5 minutes on each side, until each side has a crispy brown crust.
  5. Serve burgers on whole grain bun with avocado, tomato, watercress and aioli.


Cooking Tip: The burgers can also be cooked in the oven at 375 degrees for 10-15 minutes.


Keywords: quick and easy, from scratch, make ahead, healthy, simple