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Chickpea-Brown Rice Burgers

Recipe By Tessa Arias
June 5th, 2012

Whether you're an omnivore, vegetarian, or vegan, you'll like these burgers. They're nutty and crisp on the outside. Serve them with whatever you please!

Yield: 4

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook: 8 minutes

Tessa's Recipe Rundown...

Taste: Tangy, nutty, all around savory.
Texture: The burgers are thick and slightly crisp on the outside and tender inside. Not exactly like meat but definitely good in its own respect.
Ease: Really easy. I was afraid the burgers would be hard to shape and fall apart but they’re actually easier to cook than hamburgers!
Appearance: Sorry Patty, but you’re pretty plain.
Pros: Full of fiber and other healthy things, easy, filling.
Cons: Nothing can ever replace meat but as long as you’re not expecting this burger to taste like meat, I think you’ll enjoy it!
Would I make this again? Yes.

Lately I’ve been enjoying veggie burgers for lunch. They give you energy and keep you full so you don’t hit that afternoon slump or snack attack come 3pm. Plus, most of us could stand to cut back on the meat in our diets. Have you read anything by Michael Pollan or seen Forks Over Knives? Interesting stuff. I don’t think I could ever give up that first bite of a juicy cheeseburger but I could definitely try to reduce my meat and animal product consumption overall. What do you guys think?

Whether you’re an omnivore, vegetarian, or vegan, you’ll like these burgers. They’re nutty and crisp on the outside. Serve them with whatever you please!

How to make
Chickpea-Brown Rice Veggie Burgers

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 23 minutes
Whether you're an omnivore, vegetarian, or vegan, you'll like these burgers. They're nutty and crisp on the outside. Serve them with whatever you please!


  • 2 cups cooked and drained chickpeas
  • 1 cup cooked brown rice
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Dijon mustard, for serving
  • Lettuce and any other accompaniments, for serving


  1. Puree chickpeas and brown rice in a food processor until a thick paste forms. Transfer paste mixture to a medium bowl and stir in shallot, garlic, parsley, and cumin. Season mixture to taste with salt and pepper. Form into four 1/2-inch thick patties.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add patties and cook until golden brown, about 4 minutes per side.
  3. Spread mustard on each patty and serve hot with any accompaniments.

Recipe Notes

Adapted from Whole Living January/February 2012
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Tessa Arias

About Tessa...

I share trusted baking recipes your friends will LOVE alongside insights into the science of sweets. I'm a professionally trained chef, cookbook author, and cookie queen. I love to write about all things sweet, carb-y, and homemade. I live in Phoenix, Arizona (hence the blog name!)

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  1. #
    Tracey — June 5, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    I've been trying to incorporate slightly less meat in our diets too, but like you, I'll never give it up entirely especially since my husband is a straight meat and potatoes guy 🙂 I'll have to make these for lunch sometime when he's not around!

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    Ali @Gimme Some Oven — June 5, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    Mmm…these look delicious! I love veggie burgers!! And I'm not a vegetarian, but I cut way back on meat a few years ago. Probably only have it 2-3 days a week now, which has been great!

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    Laura — June 5, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    Just wanted to let you know I absolutely love your blog and I'm happy I stumbled upon it. Love this recipe too, since you're absolutely right about most of us having to cut down on the amount of meat we eat. And burgers like this are certainly a very healthy and delicious way to cut down on the meat 🙂

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    BakeYourDay — June 5, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    I adore veggie burgers. They are on our menu tonight, actually. We rarely eat meat at home, my poor husband! Maybe 1-2 times per week we will have chicken or fish but rarely do we eat red meat or pork, I just don't really like it so it's easy for me to cut out. And it's fun to get creative with meals like this!

  5. #
    Ally — June 6, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    Definitely putting this recipe at the top of my summer to-do list!

  6. #
    Mary W — July 29, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    I saw the Forks over Knives video and have been trying to follow that diet. Thanks for another recipe that I can try!

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    Tashi ito — January 23, 2013 at 4:50 am

    Glad u enjoying this. Great for your health. Thise in the know are going vegan for health from president bill clinton to former heavyweight boxing champion mike tyson. For more great recipes try . For more info about health . Good luck

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    Bernie Perini — April 24, 2013 at 2:23 am

    A cheeseburger is a hamburger topped with cheese. Traditionally, the slice of cheese is placed on top of the meat patty, but the burger can include many variations in structure, ingredients, and composition. The term itself is a portmanteau of the words “cheese” and “hamburger.” The cheese is usually cubed, and then added to the cooking hamburger patty shortly before the patty is completely cooked which allows the cheese to melt. Cheeseburgers are often served with lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, mustard, mayonnaise, or ketchup.;

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    Michelle Giroux — October 21, 2021 at 10:27 am

    Can these be baked for an oil-free version?

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      Emily — October 21, 2021 at 11:41 am

      We haven’t tried that, so I can’t say for sure! Please let us know how it goes if you give it a try!


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