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Whether you’re vegan, vegetarian or just looking to switch things up, this truly delicious meat-free burger is exactly what you need to add a little excitement to your recipe rotation. Bursting with flavour, the chickpea-based dish from Liv B of Liv’s Healthy Life packs a curry-spiced kick, and is hearty enough to keep you full for hours. It’s easily devourable all on its own, or you can sandwich it in a bun with some rich avocado and our special “Secret Sauce” for extra oomph.
- 1 ½ cups canned chickpeas
- 2 tbsp aquafaba, (drained chickpea liquid)
- ½ cup green lentils
- 1 tbsp mild or hot curry powder
- 1 tbsp lime juice
- 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
- 3 tbsp quinoa flour
- ½ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp black pepper
- ¼ tsp garlic powder
- ¼ cup fresh red bell pepper, chopped
- ¼ cup red onion, finely chopped
- ¼ cup packed cilantro, chopped
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 cup vegan mayo
- 1 tsp lime juice
- 1 tbsp chili sauce, (like Sriracha)
- 2 tbsp cilantro, finely chopped
- toasted buns, (optional)
STEP 1: First, drain your chickpeas, but keep the liquid – this is called “aquafaba”, and we’ll be using it in our recipe. Rinse the chickpeas and pat them dry.
STEP 2: Next, add the chickpeas to the food processor. Add the aquafaba (it will serve as a binding agent for the burgers).
STEP 3: Drain and rinse the lentils, and add to the processor. Follow up with the dry ingredients: curry powder, lime juice, nutritional yeast, quinoa flour, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Pulse it until it’s smooth and blended – it should have an almost creamy texture.
STEP 4: Once it’s smooth, add the chopped red peppers, red onion, and cilantro. Pulse slightly, but don’t blend – we want it to stay a little chunky.
STEP 5: Let’s make the patties! Take a handful of the mixture and roll it into a ball with your hands. Add it to a heated and oiled pan, and use a spatula to flatten it slightly to form the patty shape. Cook about 6 minutes on each side.
STEP 6: Let’s make our secret sauce: in a mixing bowl, add your vegan mayo, lime juice, hot sauce, and cilantro. Whisk thoroughly.
STEP 7: Let’s give it a taste! We added ours to a bun with lettuce, tomato, and avocado, but you can try it bun-less, in a lettuce wrap, or on a sweet potato. Don’t forget the secret sauce!