Chickpea & coriander burgers

Chickpea & coriander burgers

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Prep: 15 mins Cook: 10 mins Plus chilling


Serves 4

High in fibre, low in fat and counting as 2 of your 5-a-day, this tasty veggie burger delivers on every level

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freeze cooked or uncooked
  • Healthy
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal344
  • fat8g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs56g
  • sugars6g
  • fibre6g
  • protein15g
  • salt1.3g


  • 400g can chickpeas, drained
  • zest 1 lemon, plus juice ½



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  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • small bunch coriander, chopped
  • 1 egg



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  • 100g fresh breadcrumbs
  • 1 medium red onion, ½ diced, ½ sliced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
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  • 4 small wholemeal buns
  • 1 large tomato, sliced, ½ cucumber, sliced and chilli sauce, to serve



    A member of the nightshade family (along with aubergines, peppers and chillies), tomatoes are in…


  1. In a food processor, whizz the chickpeas, lemon zest, lemon juice, cumin, half the coriander, the egg and some seasoning. Scrape into a bowl and mix with 80g of the breadcrumbs and the diced onions. Form 4 burgers, press remaining breadcrumbs onto both sides and chill for at least 10 mins.

  2. Heat the oil in a frying pan until hot. Fry the burgers for 4 mins each side, keeping the heat on medium so they don’t burn. To serve, slice each bun and fill with a slice of tomato, a burger, a few red onion slices, some cucumber slices, a dollop of chilli sauce and the remaining coriander.

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9th May, 2020
I liked these thou forgot to put salt in. I also didn’t bother chopping onion - just straight in with chickpeas etc, Held well, key to frying is hot oil apparently. I might add fresh green chillis next time to spice them up.
14th Apr, 2020
I have made these a couple of times. I do soften the onions first as previously I have found them a little raw otherwise, and I don't bother with the lemon zest. Last time, thinking i knew it all, add all the breadcrumbs to the burger mix ! it didn't appear to matter... phew! I am always surprised at just how good they taste with just a few simple ingredients. If your the only vegetarian in the house they freeze well too.
24th Aug, 2019
Just made the burgers for a barbecue Added smoked paprika, cumin, chilli and 2 cloves of garlic. Still not super exciting. Will not be making again
1st Jun, 2019
First go at making veggie burgers. They were quick and easy to make and tasted delicious. Held together during cooking and had a nice slightly crisp outer. Will definitely be making these again.
2nd Jan, 2019
These were so easy to make and tasted great. I followed the recipe exactly and they came out perfectly. I didn't serve them on burger buns. I served them instead as rissoles along with some sweet potato wedges and Kale, accompanied by sweet chilli sauce. I will definitely make them again and next time I will try adding a fresh chillie and a little fresh ginger and serve them with rice and salad
10th Nov, 2018
These burgers tasted lovely but must say, they didn't hold too well in the frying pan even after an hour's resting in the fridge. Once they started crumbling I moved them into the oven so they could be baked rather than fried. Really enjoyed the salad extras on the burger and had them in husband's homemade caraway and poppy seed buns with chunky chips on the side.
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Mary Miller
14th Aug, 2018
Absolutely delicious and so easy to make! I needed a new recipe to shake things up and this was perfect the taste and texture were great unlike others who have posted comments I didn’t need to adjust any of ingredients the burgers held their shape! I served them on half a whole meal bun and had some French fries on the side. Will definitely be doing again.
27th Jun, 2018
Not bad. I substituted some of the breadcrumbs with sunflower seeds for some texture, although I ended up with far too much breadcrumbs like some other reviewers so they were a little dry. I also added chilli powder and fried the onion in a smidgen of oil first as I dislike raw onion. Mostly though, I felt like still lacked some flavour and ended up adding a lot of salt. Still, having tried a lot of veggie burger recipes again, I’ll be making these again.
24th May, 2018
Really nice, works with whatever spices you have!
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Sarah Gardiner
12th May, 2018
Yum, these are delicious. I used panko breadcrumbs in the last step and 80g ended up being far too much, but saved the mix by using an extra egg to bind it. Light, tasty, simple and made with ingredients in the cupboard - I will definitely be making these regularly.


24th Mar, 2015
Probably a silly question, but what are the rules regarding defrosting these? Can I cook them/reheat them from frozen? Also, is it better to freeze them cooked or uncooked?
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27th Sep, 2014
Does it matter what type of bread you use? I need to know for next Thursday. Thanks
goodfoodteam's picture
15th Oct, 2014
Hi there thanks for your question. You can use any bread, normal sliced white works well. 
12th Jul, 2014
Can I use just normal breadcrumbs from a box and not fresh ones?
AdeleTheSmell's picture
30th Jun, 2015
I didn't have enough fresh breadcrumbs so I used some from a box and it worked just as well. It possibly alters the nutritional value, but otherwise I noticed no difference in taste.
AdeleTheSmell's picture
30th Jun, 2015
I've made these twice now and love them. I didn't bother to chop anything, instead I just whizzed up the bread and onion, then added everything else until combined. I coated them in cornmeal (polenta) at the end to give them added crunch.
recipris's picture
14th Aug, 2014
I made a very similar chickpea burger patty but mine was VEGAN! Yay for us vegans. :) Here's the link if you're interested:
AdeleTheSmell's picture
30th Jun, 2015
Thanks for sharing this. I'm a new Veggie planning a transition to Vegan, so it's great to see how I can adapt recipes. Also, I need to apologise, I clicked 'report comment' by accident while trying to "thumb up" *blush*
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