Chickpea Burgers

Chickpea Burgers

The one quality that makes chickpeas so fantastically versatile is their rather marvellous texture. More uniform and slightly drier than other pulses, chickpeas possess an almost claggy characteristic perfect in hummus, as a crispy ball of falafel or even a “meaty” chickpea burger. What is more, chickpeas have a culinary coup in reserve; their flavour is a little less prevalent than that of other pulses. With chickpeas a delightful ambience of taste is assured, one that is easily peppered with high points from a wealth of suitable ingredients.

Though some guidance is offered below, you may flavour your chickpeas burgers any way you wish – the pantry is your proverbial oyster. Mint and coriander make particularly suitable herbs here; their fragrance carries through in a most satisfactory manner. However, where this recipe excels is in the addition of mango chutney. The chutney gives each burger a little sweetness and compliments the cumin perfectly.

Chickpea Burgers

When selecting your chutney go for the hottest, most fragrant you can find – whole spices such as cloves, cardamom and onion seeds are a good omen. Though, you may of course make use of my spectacular and much-frequented mango chutney recipe – your chickpea burgers will be full of grace and thanks… as will your taste buds!

Chickpea Burgers

Makes 6-8


• 2 x 400g tins of chickpeas, or soaked equivalent

• 2 tbsp mango chutney

• 2 cloves of garlic, mashed

• 3 tbsp mint, coriander or similar, chopped

• 1 tbsp ground whole cumin seeds

• A twist of lemon juice

• A drizzle of olive oil

• Enough plain or gram flour to bring the mixture together, around 3 tbsp

• Salt and pepper


1. Mash your chickpeas in a large bowl with a fork. Once they resemble a lumpy paste stir in the chutney, garlic, herbs, spices, lemon and oil. Incorporate the flour and season generously.

Chickpea Burgers

2. Form the mixture into burgers – making between 6 and 8 – and coat in flour before refrigerating for 30-40 minutes.

Chickpea Burgers

3. Once chilled, shallow fry the chickpea burgers until golden brown on each side and serve with red cabbage slaw and a pita.

Chickpea Burgers

Cost: Chickpeas, like most pulses, are exceptionally cheap, particularly when soaked from dry. As such, even with the addition of mango chutney, these burgers should set you back no more than £1.10!


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52 comments on “Chickpea Burgers

  1. ivan30075
    July 24, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    Saturday meal sorted! Many thanks.

  2. thesinglegourmetandtraveller
    July 24, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    These look and sound wonderful.

  3. limeandbarley
    July 24, 2013 at 10:27 pm

    I wish I had the skill/patience to get such perfectly–shaped burgers. Mine always end up a little higgledy! Lovely photos as always

    • frugalfeeding
      August 7, 2013 at 8:39 pm

      Practice makes perfect! Once you’ve got the hang of it, it doesn’t take long.

  4. cecilia
    July 24, 2013 at 10:29 pm

    Love all things chick pea!! c

  5. MamaD1xx4xy
    July 24, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    These look yummy! Must try soon.

  6. Patch
    July 24, 2013 at 10:52 pm

    Oooooo chickpeas, one of my favourite foods. Going to have to try your recipe 😉

  7. taplatt
    July 24, 2013 at 11:53 pm

    These look great. How would you say they differ from falafel, though? The basic recipe looks pretty similar. It doesn’t matter anyway…anything with chickpeas is fine by me!

    • frugalfeeding
      August 7, 2013 at 8:38 pm

      Thanks! They have a different consistency – more meaty… like a burger!

  8. Stephanie
    July 25, 2013 at 5:35 am

    Yummy! Those are fried to perfection!

  9. Victoria Straker Cook!
    July 25, 2013 at 8:52 am

    I was trying to click a like key but unable to find one ( my fault I am sure!), I am commenting instead – looks deeeeeeeelicious – can’t wait to try!

    • frugalfeeding
      August 7, 2013 at 8:37 pm

      My fault! I took it away, but perhaps I’ll pop it back.

  10. StephLovesCake
    July 25, 2013 at 8:59 am

    Thanks for sharing your chickpea burgers, mine usually look more “rustic”, I will have to try these out.

  11. Pinny Girl
    July 26, 2013 at 8:48 am

    Hi there – these were excellent – saw your blog post last night and made these burgers for our tea! So easy and incredibly delicious (healthy too!) We didn’t have enough chickpeas so subbed one of the tins for black eyed beans and it worked really well. Served them with a green salad. Made enough for tonight too, which we’re having with ratatouille. So all in all, thank you!

  12. DellaCucinaPovera
    July 26, 2013 at 11:49 am

    I’m constantly amazed at the versatility of beans 🙂 Thanks for the inspiration!!

  13. Vicki Wolfson
    July 26, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    These look amazing and they’re a must try, of course I have to do my calorie counting portion and may have to adapt. Thanks so much for sharing

  14. Dianne
    July 27, 2013 at 2:10 am

    These are now on the menu for the week at home! Looking forward to trying them.

  15. kirschplunder
    July 28, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    These look absolutely delightful! Will have to give these a go, my mouth is watering haha.

  16. Jodye @ Chocolate and Chou Fleur
    July 29, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    I’m a huge fan of chickpea burgers. I make them at least once, if not twice or more a week for dinners and lunches. I love that you paired these with mango chutney. The sweet and savory combination sounds so satisfying!

    • frugalfeeding
      August 7, 2013 at 8:36 pm

      Wow – that’s a lot! Give the combo a whirl – it works well.

  17. magefesausa
    July 30, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    Cheap and delicious!

  18. Serena
    July 31, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    Wow! Looks great!! 🙂

  19. Fashion Mayann
    August 1, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    I really love the presentation of this recipe (the colors are gorgeous !), which looks delicious !!

  20. Purely.. Kay
    August 1, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    Did someone say burgers? Oh I’m so in to try and make these. They’re making my mouth water right now 🙂

  21. astoundingmatt
    August 2, 2013 at 9:34 am

    The recipe is very clear and the photo is tantalising. Now I know where to come to for a straightforward recipe for chickpeas. Thanks.

  22. Maysem
    August 2, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    Wow! That looks amazing and sounds amazing as well. Definitely giving this one a try!

  23. Tonette Joyce
    August 6, 2013 at 2:58 am


  24. cookinginsens
    August 6, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    I would eat one of those, Frugal. Still no like button.

  25. Cindi
    August 12, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    I love chickpeas, and this recipe looks so good! It will be on our dinner menu soon.

  26. bcnicematters
    August 15, 2013 at 11:36 am

    I love your blog! The recipes and photography are amazing and I wish you the best of luck in becoming a journalist. Your recipes pose a challenge for me since I’m in the USA and we measure in “cups” instead of “grams”, but I found a handy online calculator that should help convert. Thanks!

  27. TC
    October 9, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    You should try with grated onion or courgette! They are awesome!

  28. Kay
    March 14, 2015 at 9:36 pm

    These were amazing. I added slivers of slowly fried, caramelised onions. Next time I will add a lot more coriander and maybe even some crispy bacon. I’ve got huge arm muscles after mashing the chickpeas (phew!) and grinding the cumin seeds – who needs weights and gym equipment when you’re cooking frugally?

    Everything about the burgers was appealing – the texture, the colour, the taste, the simplicity of the recipe and of course the cost. Five stars, highly recommended. Thank you.

    • frugalfeeding
      April 9, 2015 at 10:36 am

      Great to hear! Yes, mashing chickpeas is good for the arms. Glad you like them so much.

  29. Sara Marr-Phillips
    March 7, 2018 at 7:10 pm

    Great recipe! The mango chutney makes all the difference. When I made mine I also added some frozen peas to the mix which helps lift the flavour for me. I do, however, make mine in the food processor because I’m lazy.

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