These are my spiciest (and sassiest!) veggie burgers yet! Spicy chickpea veggie burgers with jalapeño and zucchini, topped with a tasty honey-lime slaw and fiery Sriracha mayo.
It’s been entirely too long since I’ve graced this little blog of mine with a brand spankin’ new veggie burger recipe. For those of you who are new, they’re kind of a thing around here.
I love trying endless combinations using fresh, seasonal ingredients and blogging my favorites. As an added bonus, they’re a great way to empty out your crisper when it starts to overflow on ya! They also taste really awesome and are gloriously freezer friendly. Game on.
Though it’s a bit laughable, taking veggie burger advice from a carnivore is totally legit. Trust me. For a food enthusiast I’m pretty darn picky, and the burgers that make the cut for ze blog are the ones that are so tasty we make them a second time. And third. And forth… I can’t wait for you to try them!
This tasty recipe is sponsored by my friends at NOW Foods and developed by yours truly! Throughout the year, I’ll be sharing my favorite NOW Wellness pantry staples via social media and on ze blog — stay tuned for more deliciousness including some amazing quinoa-rice penne that has completely rocked my pasta game!
Spicy Chickpea Veggie Burgers with Jalapeño and Zucchini
These burgers are 100% vegetarian with an easy peasy vegan swap and gluten-free to boot. They’re also dairy-free, though I’ll totally look the other way if you melt a slice of Pepper Jack on top of your burger!
Ok now I really want to try that… Time to make another batch!
15 minPrep Time
10 minCook Time
25 minTotal Time
- 1 + 1/2 cup NOW Foods Rolled Oats
- 1 [15 oz] can of chickpeas, drained + rinsed
- 1/3 cup diced bell pepper (the smaller the better!)
- 1 jalapeño pepper
- 1 cup grated zucchini
- 1-2 TBSP green onion (white + green portions)
- 1/2 TBSP Ellyndale® Naturals Premium Avocado Oil plus extra to cook the burgers in
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
- 1/4 tsp dried oregano
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 large egg
- 4 onion roll buns (see post for GF swaps)
- leafy green lettuce of choice for topping
- 1 heaping cup cabbage, finely chopped/shredded
- 1/2 a fresh jalapeño, sliced thin (optional)
- 1/2 TBSP honey
- 1/2 TBSP Avocado Oil
- juice of 1 lime, or to taste
- a pinch of salt
- fresh cilantro (optional + to taste)
- Have some red onion handy? Feel free to slice it thin + add to the slaw!
- 1/3 cup quality mayo
- 1 tsp fresh lime juice
- 1-2 TBSP Sriracha, or to taste
- 1/8-1/4 tsp garlic powder
- Combine ingredients for the aioli and whisk. Set aside.
- For the slaw, combine all ingredients and adjust to taste. Set aside.
- Combine oats and chickpeas in food processor and pulse a few times to roughly chop the chickpeas and oats. Mixture should look chopped but not be paste-like or wet/mushy.
- Set aside and grab those veggies!
- Remove the stem from the jalapeño. For spicier burgers, leave the veins and seeds intact. For less spicy burgers remove half or all of the veins/seeds. I left half intact and removed the rest for burgers with a spicy kick and lots of flavor!
- If you haven't already, grate the zucchini using the coarse side of a box grater and wrap in a paper towel. Squeeze out excess moisture and set aside.
- Sauté bell pepper, jalapeño, zucchini and green onion in avocado oil until peppers are tender.
- Season with garlic powder, red pepper flakes, oregano, and salt.
- Add the freshly sauteed veggies to your bean mixture, then add your egg.
- Stir to fully incorporate and roll mixture into four balls.
- To shape your burgers, cup each ball in your hands and squeeze tightly, rotating as you gently, but firmly, press it into a disc using your thumb. I like mine on the thiner side so middles cook all the way through, but not so thin that they won't hold their shape.
- To help the burgers set, cover and refrigerate as you prep your buns or (lettuce wraps!) and toppings. This will give them a little while to set. You can even leave them overnight and cook them up the following day. I often make one after 15-30 minutes of chill time and cook up the rest the following day.
- Pour a tablespoon or two of oil in a skillet and heat to medium-high, so the burgers sizzle when you add them to the pan!
- Cook for a few minutes on each side until you're left with a golden crust. and a warm center. Repeat for each burger, or cook two at once if you have a big enough pan! I'd skip crowding all four together just because they're a pain to flip when all up in eachother's business.
- A tip for perfectly shaped veggie burgers: While sizzling away in the skillet, I nudge the burgers with the backside of my spatula to gently help form the sides into a perfect disc. Works like a charm!
- Slather your buns with sriracha mayo, pile them high with lettuce, and top each burger with honey-lime slaw or your favorite toppings. Enjoy!
FREEZER INSTRUCTIONS: Simply cook the burgers via instructions above, allow to cool a bit, and then freeze (spaced) on a plate or cookie sheet. Once they've had a chance to partially freeze you can wrap them individually and pile them in baggies or your favorite airtight container for fast food without the freaky ingredients. To re-heat, simply pop on a baking sheet in the oven for about 18-20 minutes at 400 F. Enjoy!
VEGANSAURUS CHEFS: use a flax egg for the burgers and either use vegan mayo for the aioli or whip up some tasty homemade sriracha ketchup instead! Simply add as much Sriracha as your heart desires to your favorite ketchup and dig in!
GLUTEN-FREE CHEFS: snag a gluten-free bun or swap the bun for a lettuce wrap. You can also serve these atop a big green salad or crumbled over a fluffy baked sweet potato (with melted cheese – YUM!) Have fun with it!
If you’re going to use a non-GF bun, by all means you have GOT to try a bakery-fresh onion roll/bun! The flavor totally compliments the burger and just adds that little something extra! We move around a LOT but I can always seem to find these babies in the bakery section of our local grocery stores.
Hunt them down if you can! They’re such a great pairing for these spicy chickpea veggie burgers.
You’ll also want to get your hands on some avocado oil! I’ve been having quite the love affair with the Ellyndale Naturals Avocado Oil I order from NOW Foods. It’s delicate enough to be whisked into salad dressings and sauces and versatile enough to withstand high heat cooking, making it hands-down my favorite pan-frying and sautéing oil on the planet. It’s super tasty and high in healthy monounsaturated fats + vitamin E. Love it!
Spicy Chickpea Veggie Burgers with Jalapeño and Zucchini – TIPS + TRICKS
Thinner patties will yield more delicious crunch, as you’ll be able to sear more of the top and bottom, plus the middle will cook through much easier. Sometimes I leave them a little thicker for a softer center but I’ll admit, crispy veggie burgers are my favorite!
Giving your oats and chickpeas a rough chop in the food processor helps create the magic that helps keep these burgers together. In whole form, chickpeas naturally want to slingshot themselves out of your veggie burger with each bite you take. Roughly chopping them in the food processor is totally the way to go. Additionally, processing the oats helps crush some of the whole oats into powder form while leaving the rest partially whole. Both play a key role in binding the burger and giving it it’s awesome texture.
No food processor? No problem! Use a chef’s knife to give your chickpeas a rough chop or use a fork to partially fork-mash the chickpeas. You don’t want them mashed into a paste-like texture because you’ll lose all the awesome texture, but break them up enough that they’re not all whole. As for the oats, you can roughly chop your oats with a knife *or* use your rolled oats as is. They may crumble a wee bit easier than if you used a food processor but they should still hold together enough to be flipped and taste delicious!
No green peppers handy? Feel free to use red, yellow, or orange bell peppers. Additionally you can also use poblano peppers or extra jalapeño peppers. Extra jalaps will pack a punch, so take out some of the seeds/veins to adjust the heat to your liking.
so. . . how were they?!
Fantastic! I’m super duper crazy picky with my veggie burgers and these bad boys were AWESOME! I’m 100% making another batch to freeze for easy heat-and-scarf lunches, and have it on pretty good authority that they’re fabulous crumbled over salads too! (Especially with a little drizzle of yellow mustard and Sriracha on top – YUM!)
They’re also really ridiculously delicious topped with some fresh slaw and a hearty dollop of Sriracha aioli. The heat from the Sriracha paired with the heat from the jalapeños and red pepper flakes was a total winner in my book! I’m pretty sure I forgot to breathe in between bites. I wanted the entire burger in my face, stat!
Hope y’all love them as much as we did!
hungry for more?
Looking for a few more veggie burgers?
- Sweet Potato Chickpea Burgers
- Butternut Black Bean Burgers
- Cajun Chickpea Burgers
- Chipotle Pumpkin Burgers
- Mexican Veggie Burgers with Taco Aioli
- Black Bean Burgers with Chipotle Honey Mustard