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Hummus chickpea burgers

Prep time less than 30 mins
Cook time less than 30 mins
Makes 8
Dietary Vegetarian
These tasty vegetarian burgers are easy to make and brilliant for a healthy family dinner. The burgers are freezer friendly so perfect for making ahead. Equipment and preparation: for this recipe you will need a food processor. Each burger provides 423 kcal, 14g protein, 64g carbohydrate (of which 6g sugars), 13g fat (of which 1.5g saturates), 5g fibre and 2.1g salt.


  1. Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a non-stick frying pan over a medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and fry gently for 4-5 minutes, or until softened, stirring regularly. Stir in the cumin and coriander and fry for 1-2 minutes, or until fragrant. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool for 5 minutes.

  2. Place in a food processor, add half of the chickpeas and all of the hummus and flour. Season with salt and pepper. Blend to a rough paste.

  3. Add the remaining chickpeas and the pine nuts. Pulse for a few seconds until the chickpeas and pine nuts have broken down but retain some texture. Season to taste.

  4. Divide the chickpea mixture into 8 portions. Roll each into a ball, flatten between your palms into a burger shape approximately 1.5cm/½in thick.

  5. Heat the remaining oil in a large, non-stick frying pan. Add the burgers in batches and fry for 3-4 minutes on each side, or until golden-brown and crisp on both sides and heated through.

  6. Serve the burgers in pitta breads stuffed with salad leaves, with a dollop of yoghurt and chilli sauce alongside.


  • 3-4 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 1 onion, roughly chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 400g tin chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 100g/3½oz hummus
  • 50g/2oz plain flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 50g/2oz pine nuts or cashews

To serve

  • 8 pitta breads, warmed
  • mixed green salad
  • 8 tbsp plain yoghurt (optional)
  • 8 tsp chilli sauce

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