I’ve been so excited to share this recipe since perfecting the concept this summer. I’d been dreaming of a chickpea burger infused with the flavors of curry for a while. And although it took me several tries to nail, it was totally worth the effort! Friends, it’s burger time.
This 10-ingredient burger is made with cooked quinoa and baked chickpeas. The chickpeas provide plenty of plant-based protein and fiber, while the quinoa helps bind the burger and stay together for cooking.
Serrano pepper and harissa* add heat, ginger adds spice, and garlic infuses plenty of zingy garlic flavor. Lastly, my go-to curry powder injects tons of gorgeous flavor in one fell swoop.
*Note: you can learn more about the origin of harissa and find a DIY recipe here.
What is Curry Powder?
Curry powder is not a common ingredient used in traditional Indian cooking, but rather an invention of the British to evoke the flavors of Indian cuisine. The term “curry” in Indian cooking refers to a sauce or gravy served with vegetables or meat. (source)
The last element is cooked potatoes that are mashed, seasoned, and stirred into the quinoa-chickpea mixture. This helps round out the flavor and texture super well and adds even more carby goodness to the mix (swoon).
All that’s left to do is cook! We opted for a quick sauté in a cast-iron before finishing in the oven to continue cooking the burgers through. These would also probably grill well (if done gently).
Might we suggest the perfect way to enjoy these gorgeous burgers? Serve atop lettuce or a green salad and plenty of our Spicy Mango Chutney! The pairing is out of this world! Take it a step further by adding our Green Curry Tahini dressing for even more big flavor.
We hope you LOVE these burgers! They’re:
Easy to make
Great for a crowd
& Super delicious
These burgers would make the perfect healthier meal when you’ve got a little more time on your hands and want to impress family or friends. They are ideal for making ahead of time (and in larger batches) for future meals. My preferred method is to make a double batch, enjoy half through the week for lunch or dinner, and freeze the other half for future busy days!
For more Indian-inspired recipes, check out our Cauliflower Rice Kitchari, Aloo Tiki with Green Chutney, Mixed Vegetable Pakoras, Easy Vegan Naan, and Easy Chana Masala.
If you try this recipe, let us know! Leave a comment, rate it, and don’t forget to tag a photo #minimalistbaker on Instagram. Cheers, friends!
Curried Quinoa Chickpea Burgers
- 1 cup cooked and cooled quinoa (make sure it’s cooked and completely cooled before using)
- 1 15-oz can chickpeas* (rinsed, drained, and dried)
- 1 Tbsp avocado or coconut oil (omit if avoiding oil)
- 1 Pinch Sea Salt
- 1 tsp Curry Powder (or store-bought)
- 1 1/2 cups small diced, peeled yellow potatoes
- 1 Tbsp avocado or coconut oil (plus more for cooking burgers*)
- 1 Pinch sea salt
- 1 tsp Curry Powder (or store-bought)
- 3-4 Tbsp water
- 2/3 cup raw or roasted cashews (sub seeds if nut sensitive)
- 1 small serrano pepper, deseeded and minced (optional)
- 2 Tbsp fresh minced ginger (skin removed)
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 3/4 tsp sea salt (divided)
- 2 Tbsp harissa paste (sub tomato paste for less heat, or a curry paste of choice)
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro (optional)
FOR SERVING (optional)
- Butter Lettuce Leaves or Mixed Greens
- Sliced Red Onion
- Spicy Mango Chutney
- Vegan Naan
- If you haven’t prepared your quinoa yet, do so now (make sure it’s cooked and cooled completely before use).
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 C). Add rinsed, dried chickpeas to a parchment-lined baking sheet and toss with oil, salt, and curry powder. Bake for 20 minutes or until chickpeas appear cracked and feel dry to the touch. Remove chickpeas from the oven and set aside. Keep oven on.
- In the meantime, add diced potatoes (smaller / bite size) to a rimmed, oven-safe medium skillet along with oil, salt, and curry powder. Cover and cook for 4 minutes. Then decrease heat to medium low, add water, and cover again. Continue cooking potatoes until browned on the edges and tender. Then turn off heat and use a fork or potato masher to mash them until nearly creamy (as few chunks as possible). Set aside.
- Add cooked chickpeas to a food processor along with cashews, serrano pepper (optional), ginger, garlic, salt, curry powder, harissa paste, and cilantro (optional) and blend into a semi-loose dough. Then add cooked/cooled quinoa and pulse to combine until a textured dough forms (you’re not looking for a purée).
- Transfer mixture to a mixing bowl and add mashed potatoes. Stir to combine (it’s important not to add the potatoes to the food processor or they can become gummy when overmixed). Taste and adjust flavor as needed, adding more curry powder for intense curry flavor, salt for saltiness, or harissa paste for more spice.
- Divide the mixture into roughly 2/3-cup portions and form into discs about 3/4-inch in height.*
- Heat the rimmed, oven-safe medium skillet (from earlier) over medium heat. Once hot, add a little oil and the burgers and cook for 2-3 minutes or until bottom side is golden brown. Flip and then transfer pan to the oven to bake for 12-15 minutes (baking in the oven is an optional step, but one that ensures the center is fully cooked).
- For serving, enjoy in a traditional bun, with naan, on a salad, or wrapped in a butter lettuce leaf. Add (optional) sliced red onions and mango chutney (total swoon).
- Store leftover patties covered in the refrigerator up to 3-4 days. If you want to freeze them, either freeze once cooked and cooled OR before sauteing and baking. Add patties to a freezer-safe container and freeze up to 1 month. Reheat in a 375-degree F (190 C) oven until warmed through.
*Prep time does not include cooking and cooling quinoa.
*For smaller burgers, use a 1/2-cup size measuring cup instead of 2/3 cup.
*If cutting back on oil, be sure to keep these burgers on a non-stick skillet. Otherwise, they can stick.
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate for 1 of 4 chickpea burgers without optional or serving ingredients.
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