A Chickpea Burger (For Everyone!)

chickpea burger

no nuts, no gluten, no soy, no oil!

I’ve been taking pictures of someone else’s recipes for about 3 weeks. All day. Every day.  And I am so excited to get on that grind and hustle! BUT…after making and shooting someone else’s recipes for almost a month, I miss my own food. 

So I just made a double batch of these plant-based chickpea burgers to make meal time easy! 

I can quickly reheat and make a burger, crumble one into a salad, or pair with steamed veggies and some avocado for an easy bowl.

This plant-based chickpea burger is dairy-free, oil-free, gluten-free, nut-free, and soy-free (if you use coconut aminos instead of tamari). 

The inspiration for this burger was dietary restrictions! How exciting! But really! 

Lots of people are on different diets for all kinds of reasons. A lot of plant-based recipes include soy and nuts – two food categories that I enjoy on the regular – leaving vegan peeps with soy or nuts allergies up Schitt’s creek (obsessed, p.s). 

So this healthy chickpea burger should be a dietary intolerance crowd pleaser! Muahaha!

I made this for myself (this actual burger you see) and quickly took some snaps. And then I ate it standing up in my living room. I had that kind of HANGER!

I suggest making a double batch and freezing a bunch for last-minute meals!

Recipe Hack: You can use any bean in this recipe! Try black beans or cannellini beans

how I stack my plant-based chickpea burger

  • bottom (gluten free or whole grain bun or even lettuce leaves)
  • smear of BBQ sauce or Ketchup (I used the BBQ Sauce in The Plant-Based Cookbook)
  • Bibb lettuce
  • thinly sliced tomato
  • mustard and more BBQ sauce
  • plant-based chickpea burger
  • 2 thing slices of red onion
  • more lettuce
  • 1/4 avocado, thinly sliced (not in the pictures!)
  • top bun (or more lettuce leaves)

How you do your burger?

Healthy Chickpea Burger

Author : Ashley Madden
Prep Time: 25 mins
Cook Time: 40 mins
Total Time: 1 hr 5 mins
Servings: 8 Burgers
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Burger
A vegan, oil-free, gluten-free, nut-free bean burger that is healthy and flavorful and easy to make! You can also make this recipe into balls rather than burgers! See notes.


  • Food Processor


  • 1 red onion small diced (~ 1 cup)
  • 8 ounces cremini or button mushrooms
  • 3 cups cooked or canned chickpeas canned = 2x 398 ml cans
  • cups old fashioned rolled oats divided (gluten free if needed)
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon low sodium tamari or coconut aminos for gluten free
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ¾ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon dried parsley
  • ¼ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ¼- ½ teaspoon salt
  • Pinch red pepper flakes more for more spice!


  • Preheat the oven to 375°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Place the mushrooms in a food processor and pulse 5-7 times until finely chopped. Set aside. If you don’t have a food processor, you can finely chop by hand.
  • Sauté the onion in a medium-sized non-stick pan with a few tablespoons of water until the onions are soft, about 5-7 minutes. Add water as needed to prevent burning. Add the mushrooms to the pan and continue to cook on medium heat until the mushrooms soften (another 5 minutes) and begin releasing their juices.
  • Drain any additional liquid from the pan (it’s important to not add additional liquid to the processor) and transfer the onion/mushroom mix to the food processor. A fine mesh strainer works well to drain off any extra liquid.
  • Add all the other ingredients (reserving ½ cup oats) to the processor and process until just combined but not smooth – you want to maintain some texture. Stop and scrape down the sides of the processor container as needed. If you don't have a food processor, mash all ingredients together with a potato masher or fork.
  • Transfer the mix to a large bowl and add the remaining ½ cup oats and mix.
  • Scoop out a little less than ½ cup and shape into a burger and place on the baking sheet. Repeat with remaining mix. Bake the burgers for 30 minutes. Flip and bake for another 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and let sit covered for 10 minutes. See notes if making balls instead of burgers. Create your burger the way you like it! See above for my preferred toppings.


The burgers will firm up once cooled. Consider making them ahead of time and reheating in the oven!
If making balls, scoop out a heaping tablespoon of the mix and roll into a ball and place on the baking sheet. Repeat with remaining mix. Bake for 20 minutes, turn and bake for another 5-10 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool for 10 minutes. Serve with marinara sauce, or serve in a wrap, on top of a salad or as a savoury snack!
Keyword Burger
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More vegan burgers?

The Plant-Based Cookbook has 2 of the most delicious vegan, gluten-free, and oil-free burgers! Both baked in the oven and made with health supportive, whole foods! 

More From The Plant-Based Cookbook!


  1. Reply


    January 12, 2021

    This chickpea burger sounds delicious! I will be making this for my party this weekend. Thank you for sharing

    • Reply

      Ashley Madden

      January 12, 2021

      Thanks, Albertina! I hope you enjoy!

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    February 7, 2021

    These sound lovely, I will be making them for my family of 3, do you think I could freeze the excess burgers?

    • Reply

      Ashley Madden

      February 8, 2021

      Yes for sure! I usually make them just so I can freeze them! I make and bake, let them cool, and then freeze. I take them out of the freezer and defrost them and bake them again!
      I hope it works out for you! Let me know!

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    Lydia Stemen

    November 4, 2021

    Hi Ashley,
    I would like to make these chickpea burgers, but I take care of my elderly mother & she is allergic to mushrooms. Do you have any suggestions about what I could substitute?
    Thank you!
    Lydia Stemen

    • Reply

      Ashley Madden

      November 6, 2021

      Hi Lydia,
      You could try eggplant or bell peppers, or even a mixture of both! I think this will work well 🙂


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    February 18, 2022

    Hey Ashley!

    My husband and I love your recipes and bought your book! I was wondering if you found a suitable hamburger bun with no oil?

    • Reply

      Ashley Madden

      February 18, 2022

      Hey Tiffany! Thanks so much. And yes it’s so hard to find a good hamburger bun. I’m not sure where you are located but I do know that there are sprouted hamburger buns by Ezekiel. The link is here: https://www.foodforlife.com/product/buns/ezekiel-49-sprouted-whole-grain-burger-buns
      They aren’t gluten-free (if that’s a priority). And I often use sprouted bread as my “bun” and of course lettuce leaves! You can also ask your local baker if they make something that meets your needs!
      I hope that is helpful.


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