Chickpea and Zucchini Veggie Burgers

These chickpea and zucchini veggie burgers, omg, they’re so delicious – they should really be called The BEST veggie burgers ever!!!

The best veggie burgers - chickpea and zucchini burgers from @Sweetphi

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.

Garbanzo bean zucchini burgers from @Sweetphi

 

Perfect for Meatless Monday, or really, anytime you want a delicious meal, this veggie burger is craveable.

Making veggie burgers, garbanzo bean zucchini burgers from @Sweetphi

Legit craveable you guys!

The best veggie burgers - chickpea and zucchini burgers from @Sweetphi

Three years ago, my husband and I went to Portland for vacation, right around our anniversary (which is Labor day weekend) and ate at this little hole in the wall bar that had an impressive happy hour menu. One item on the menu was a zucchini and garbanzo bean burger, I got it not expecting much, but was shocked at how good it was. Here we were, sitting on picnic tables outside of a little bar and I was eating one of the best burgers I’d ever had! I couldn’t stop thinking about it. Then, last year we went back to Portland when we drove along the coast of Oregon, and I got to have the burger again, still just as amazing as I remembered. I’m not even a vegetarian, but this burger! OMG I just have no words to describe how perfect it is.

Mediterranean veggie burgers from @Sweetphi

Last week as my hubby and I were talking about our upcoming anniversary and a some of the past trips we’ve been on (this year we’re going to Memphis, TN- have any recommendations, I’d love to hear them) I remembered this chickpea and zucchini veggie burger and set out recreating it.

Chickpea and zucchini veggie burgers from @SweetPhi

I would honestly have to say this is one of the best things I’ve ever made, and a recipe I am so happy with, I cannot recommend it enough!! I’m making them again tonight! I like to use a biscuit cutter as a mold when forming the burgers, but you could easily form the veggie burgers with your hands. These make for a really nice and thick veggie burger with tons and tons of flavor that I really think you’d enjoy.

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Chickpea and Zucchini Veggie Burgers
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • For the burger patties:
  • 1 small zucchini, peeled, grated, liquid squeezed out
  • 1 can (15 oz) garbanzo beans (chickpeas), drained
  • ½ cup parley leaves
  • ½ cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs
  • ½ cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 garlic clove, pressed
  • 1 egg
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon fresh cracked pepper
  • ¼ 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
  • Lettuce
  • cucumber slices
  • harissa sauce
  • fire roasted red peppers
Instructions
  1. 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.
  2. Place zucchini shreds, garbanzo beans, 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.
  3. 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
  4. For the whipped feta, add the feta, olive oil and water into a food processor and process until smooth, about 1 minute.
  5. To assemble the burgers smear whipped feta on the top of the burger buns.
  6. 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.
 

 

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Showing 8 comments
  • Jess
    Reply

    Another winner! Cannot wait to try these and I love feta so it’s sure to be a hit!

    • Sweetphi
      Reply

      These burgers are so delicious, I think you’ll absolutely love them – the whipped feta is such a great topping 🙂

  • Sarah
    Reply

    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!

    • Sweetphi
      Reply

      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 🙂

  • Karen @ Seasonal Cravings
    Reply

    I never make veggie burgers but want to give this one a try. That whipped feta looks dangerously good!

    • Sweetphi
      Reply

      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 🙂

  • Reply

    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!

    • Sweetphi
      Reply

      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 🙂

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