These chickpea zucchini burgers, omg, they’re so delicious – they should really be called The BEST veggie burgers ever!
This veggie burger isn’t just any ‘ole veggie burger, it’s a veggie burger packed full of bold flavors: a whipped feta topping, harissa sauce (roasted red pepper sauce), fire roasted peppers, lettuce, cucumbers and then the veggie burger is amazing with chickpeas and zucchini. SO GOOD.
What ingredients do I need to make this chickpea zucchini burger?
For the burger patties:
- Garbanzo beans
- Parsley leaves
- Italian seasoned bread crumbs
- Whole wheat flour
- Garlic clove
- Basic spices – Salt, pepper, cayenne
To make the amazing whipped feta:
- Feta cheese
For the burger assembly:
- Whole wheat burger buns
- Harissa sauce
- Cucumber slices
- Fire roasted red peppers
These chickpea zucchini burgers are the perfect recipe for Meatless Monday, or really, anytime you want a delicious vegetarian meal. They are so amazing and I don’t even feel guilty eating them!
I first tasted a zucchini and garbanzo bean burger when Nick and I were on vacation in Portland. I remember being so shocked at how good it was and couldn’t wait to re-create a version of my own. I am not even a vegetarian, but love this burger so much!
How do I make these vegetarian burger patties?
- Grate the zucchini and squeeze out the liquid.
- Place ingredients in food processor and process on low for 10 seconds, then scrape the sides and process again for up to 30 seconds until garbanzo beans are no longer whole.
- Form 4 patties.
- Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet (like this one) over high heat. b the 4 patties to the pan and cook for 6 minutes. Flip and cook for another 6 minutes. Turn heat off and let burgers sit 4-5 minutes.
I would honestly have to say this recipe is one of the best things I’ve ever made, and a recipe I am so happy with, I cannot recommend it enough!!
A few quick recipe tips:
- I like to use a biscuit cutter as a mold when forming the burgers if you aren’t comfortable forming them in your hands alone.
- The toppings on the burger make all of the difference, so don’t skip those!
Other recipes you might enjoy:
- Lentil cauliflower burger
- Zucchini recipe roundup
- 5 Ingredient Vegan Vegetarian Meatballs
- Vegetarian Sheet Pan Dinner (Mexican Kale Salad)
- Vegetarian Japanese Pan Noodles
Chickpea Zucchini Burgers
For the burger patties:
- 1 small zucchini peeled, grated, liquid squeezed out
- 1 can garbanzo beans (chickpeas) 15 oz can, drained
- 1/2 cup parsley leaves
- 1/2 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs
- 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 garlic clove pressed
- 1 egg
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon fresh cracked pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
For the whipped feta:
- 4 oz feta
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon water
For the burgers:
- 4 whole wheat burger buns
- harissa sauce
- cucumber slices
- fire roasted red peppers
- Start by grating the zucchini, and squeeze out the liquid - I do this by first squeezing the zucchini shreds with my hands and wringing out then liquid, then I press three pieces of paper over the zucchini and squeeze out the remaining liquid.
- Place zucchini shreds, garbanzo beans, parsley, bread crumbs, flour, garlic, egg, salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper in a food processor. Process on low for 10 seconds, then scrape the sides of the food processor down and process again for 15-30 seconds until no more whole garbanzo beans remain. Form 4 patties (I like to do this using a biscuit cutter as a mold, but you could just form four patties with your hands.
- In a large skillet over high heat, heat 1 tablespoon on olive oil for 1 minute, then add in 4 veggie burger patties. Cook for 6 minutes, then flip and cook for another 6 minutes. Turn heat off, and let veggie burgers sit in the pan for 4-5 minutes as you make the whipped feta and assemble the burgers
- For the whipped feta, add the feta, olive oil and water into a food processor and process until smooth, about 1 minute.
- To assemble the burgers smear whipped feta on the top of the burger buns.
- Spread harissa on the bottom burger buns. Layer lettuce, cucumbers, and roasted red peppers onto the bottom burger bun, place a chickpea and zucchini burger pattie on top of the veggies and then place top bun on the burger, press down and enjoy.
Delicious – hubby loved them! In the directions you forgot to mention to add the parsley – I added it anyway but I was a little unsure but I figured since it was on the list it was part of the ingredients to stick in the food processor:)
Thanks for pointing that out, I’ll go edit the recipe right away. So glad you liked them!
Easily Made Vegan & Gluten Free!!
replace the egg with a flax egg & use gluten-free flour and corn-bread crumbs! YUMMY!
Thank you so much for your comment and recommendations, I’ll edit the recipe to reflect those changes. This definitely is one of my favorite recipes that I make all the time, and this past weekend I made a flax egg for the first time, so I know it would work with that 🙂
Amanda @ Cookie Named Desire says
Yum! I stopped eating beef and pork earlier this year and I’ve been all about the veggie burgers, but it’s hard to find a good one and I can only eat my spicy black bean burger so many times. Definitely trying this!
Omg if you stopped eating beef and pork THESE VEGGIES BURGERS ARE FOR YOU!!! Seriously, even my hubby was like ‘when are we having these again’ – they’re super legit 🙂
Karen @ Seasonal Cravings says
I never make veggie burgers but want to give this one a try. That whipped feta looks dangerously good!
Whipped feta for life! Seriously, these veggie burgers were so good, I don’t make veggie burgers ever either, but these, they’re just so dern good that I am going to be making them more often than other burgers I think 🙂
Oh dude it’s like a zucchini-ified falafel! I love the looks of this! If I didn’t love meat so much I’d be vegetarian… 😉 😉 😉 But I do love eating veggie burgers now and then and this one looks particularly excellent. Great post!
It IS like a zucchini-ified falafel lol. I’m totally not a vegetarian either, but if there is one thing that would sway me, it would be THESE VEGGIE burgers – they’re one of the best things I’ve ever made, and thank you so much for your compliments 🙂
Another winner! Cannot wait to try these and I love feta so it’s sure to be a hit!
These burgers are so delicious, I think you’ll absolutely love them – the whipped feta is such a great topping 🙂