Greek Chickpea Burgers

Greek Chickpea Burgers

Packed with juicy Kalamata olives, zippy lemon, and fresh herbs, these Greek-inspired chickpea burgers are like a Mediterranean flavor party in your face! Easy to whip up and great for healthy a make-ahead meal.

I love these burgers. I’ve made them multiple times since first developing the recipe last month. I even made a video, just so I could make them again! From now on, this is my go-to recipe when I want to impress people with my veggie burger crafting skills.

It always amazes me how something so simple can taste so good. For example, I totally anticipated having to throw in way more ingredients than the recipe calls for in order to develop the flavor I wanted. Would I need some dried herbs? Some additional acid? Apparently not, because after the first blitz through the food processor I taste-tested my burger mix and it was awesome.

Close Up of a Greek Chickpea Burger Topped with Vegan Mayo, Lettuce, Tomato and Onion

Here’s how it’s done!

Start by grinding up some oats in the food processor. If you keep oat flour on hand you can use that instead, but I had oats, so I blended my own. Next, in with the chickpeas, red onion, garlic, scallions, lemon juice, oregano, and, best of all, Kalamata olives.

Food Processor Containing Oats, Chickpeas, Olives, Fresh Herbs and Seasonings for Making Greek Chickpea Burgers

Blend everything just until finely chopped and well mixed. Don’t overdo it!  Nobody likes a mushy veggie burger.

Food Processor Containing Blended Ingredients for Making Greek Chickpea Burgers

Shape the patties and cook them up. I fried my burgers in olive oil, because the flavor goes perfect with all of the Greek-themed seasonings in the burgers.

Collage Showing Steps for Making Greek Chickpea Burgers: Shape Patties and Cook On Each Side in Olive Oil

The burgers in the photo are topped with some lettuce, tomato, red onion and vegan mayo. I’ve also served them with hummus and plain dairy-free yogurt, and they were equally awesome.

A Pair of Hands Holding a Greek Chickpea Burger on a Bun

FAQ & Tips for Making Awesome Greek Chickpea Burgers

  • The recipe makes about 4 patties. If you’re feeding less than 4 people, I recommend saving the excess burger mix in a sealed container (don’t shape it into patties). It should keep in the fridge for 3-4 days or in the freezer for a couple of months. Then, when you’re ready for leftovers, thaw (if frozen), shape the patties, and cook them up according to the recipe.
  • You can substitute oat flour for the rolled oats if you like. If you do, use a scant cup instead of a level cup.
  • Can this recipe be made gluten-free? Yes! Use certified gluten-free oats and gluten-free buns.
  • Can this recipe be made oil-free? I haven’t tried making these oil-free, but I suspect cooking them on a good nonstick surface or baking them at about 400°F for 15 minutes on each side would work.

Check out my video to see just how easy these Greek chickpea burgers are to make!

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Greek Chickpea Burgers

Packed with juicy Kalamata olives, zippy lemon, and fresh herbs, these Greek-inspired chickpea burgers are like a Mediterranean flavor party in your face! Easy to whip up and great for healthy a make-ahead meal.

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 (14 ounce) can chickpeas, (drained and rinsed)
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion
  • 1/3 cup roughly chopped Kalamata olives
  • 2 tablespoons chopped scallions
  • 2 garlic cloves, (minced)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh oregano leaves
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, (or to taste)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

For Serving

  • 4 burger buns
  • Lettuce
  • Tomato slices
  • Red onion
  • Vegan mayo, yogurt or hummus
  1. Place the oats into the bowl of a food processor fitted with an s-blade and blend to a fine powder.

  2. Add the chickpeas, red onion, Kalamata olives, scallions, garlic, oregano, lemon juice, and salt.

  3. Pulse the food processor until everything is finely chopped and well mixed, stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.

  4. Shape the mixture into 4 patties.

  5. Coat the bottom of a medium skillet with olive oil and place it over medium heat.

  6. When the oil is hot, arrange the patties in the skillet, cooking as many as you can fit without crowding.

  7. Cook the patties for about 5 minutes on each side, until golden and crisp.

  8. Cook any remaining patties in another batch, adding oil to the skillet if needed.

  9. Stuff the patties onto buns and top with toppings of choice.

  10. Serve.

Nutrition information is for 1 patty and 1 burger bun, and does not include toppings.

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