These sweet and savory chickpea veggie burgers are infused with smoky flavor and bits of juicy apples. Enjoy them on a bagel or your choice of bun for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Apparently I’m a little indecisive this week. Yesterday it was on whether or not to make tofu bacon with your vegan mac & cheese, and today it’s on whether this is a burger or a breakfast sandwich. I guess you can tell by the photos that this was originally intended to be a breakfast sandwich, hence the bagel. But then I ate it and declared that it was equally worthy of breakfast, lunch and dinner. So you get to decide. Eat it on a bagel. Eat it on a bun. Hey, you can toss it on a plate and eat it with a fork for all I care, and do so at whatever time of day the feeling hits you. Just be sure to give these suckers a try, because they’re good!
The flavor combination here is awesome, but I’ll be honest and say it wasn’t my idea. I got it in my head that I wanted to create a chickpea-based DIY vegan breakfast sausage, and borrowed a flavor idea from Field Roast. Having said that, and keeping in mind that I know very little about breakfast sausage, I don’t think this actually tastes like breakfast sausage. Chickpeas aren’t meat and I won’t pretend they taste like it. The seasonings however, are spot on, and chickpeas, though not meat (which I’m glad of) are totally delicious and satisfying.
- 1-14 oz. can or 1¾ cups cooked chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
- ¼ cup chickpea flour
- 1 small onion, quartered
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 3 tbsp. soy sauce
- 2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
- 1 tbsp. smoked paprika
- 2 tsp. rubbed sage
- 1 tsp. dried thyme
- 1 tsp. black pepper
- 1 medium apple, peeled and shredded (choose a sweet variety such as Gala or Cortland)
- 1-2 tbsp. olive oil
- 4-6 burger buns, bagels or English muffins, sliced open
- ketchup and/or hot sauce
- fresh greens, such as baby spinach or arugula
- Place chickpeas, panko, chickpea flour, onion, garlic, soy sauce, cider vingear, smoked paprika, rubbed sage, thyme, and black pepper into food processor bowl. Pulse until ingredients are well-mixed. Add shredded apple and pulse again just until mixed.
- Transfer mixture to sealed container and chill 1 hour or overnight.
- Preheat oven to 400° and line a baking sheet with parchment. Brush tops and bottoms of burgers with olive oil.
- Bake 30 minutes, flipping about halfway through.
- Stuff into buns, bagels or English muffins and top with toppings of choice. Serve.