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apple sage chickpea burgers

This recipe has been sitting in my head for quite awhile now.  I thought of it when I made the Italian tofu sausage a few months back.  As you can see, I am clearly missing the Field Roast vegan sausages, even after a full year of being gluten free.  So, I am doing my best to replicate the flavors in a new way.

This is the first veggie burger recipe I would actually consider eating for breakfast.  Especially when topped with the lemon ginger yogurt sauce you’ll see below.

Crockpot chickpeas!

Veggie burgers can sometimes be a little tricky to get the hang of.  Often times, there are problems with the mixture holding together, or being too soft after cooking.

These seemed about as full proof as you can get!  Not too many ingredients, so not much can go wrong.  I always try to leave my veggie burger mixtures a bit on the textured side.  Gives them much better chew!  No one wants a mushy, doughy veggie burger.

Below is the mixture before adding the ground oats.

My best textured veggie burger to date!  Although I’m still quite fond of The Burger.

Enjoy these wrapped in lettuce with a few slices of apple, on a bun with melted cheese + ketchup, crumbled on a salad, or however you choose.

Apple Sage Chickpea Burgers [yields 9 small, 2-3” patties]

  • 1.5c chickpeas
  • 1/4c onion, chopped
  • 1/2c apple, grated
  • 1.5T sage, finely chopped
  • 1/2c ground oats
  • 1/2t garlic, minced
  • 1/2t salt
  • 1T oil + 1-2T for cooking
  • 3T sunflower seeds
  • pinch of black pepper
  1. Rinse + drain the chickpeas.
  2. Grind the oats, about half way to flour in a blender, food processor, coffee grinder, etc.  Measure out 1/2c and set aside.
  3. After grating the apple, squeeze between a few paper towels or a kitchen towel to absorb some of the moisture.  Measure a loosely packed half cup.
  4. Add the chopped onion + garlic to your food processor and pulse a few times.
  5. Add the chickpeas, apple, sage, salt, oil + black pepper.
  6. Process until everything is combined.  About 5-10 seconds.  Refer to photograph #2.
  7. Add in the ground oats and pulse around until the mixture holds together.  Avoid over processing, so the burgers have a nice texture.
  8. Test by forming a ball and pressing it into a patty.  If it’s not holding together, pulse in 1-2T more oats, until it holds.
  9. Stir in the sunflower seeds.
  10. Heat pan over medium and add 1-2T oil.  Coconut oil works really well for this.
  11. Form patties and cook on each side for about 4-6min until golden brown.

tips/substitutions: You may be able to add a flour instead of partially ground oats, but the texture will differ slightly.  I would start by adding 1/3c and go from there.

Lemon Ginger Yogurt Sauce

  • 1/2c plain Greek yogurt
  • 1t honey
  • 1t lemon juice
  • 1/2t minced ginger
  • 1/2t lemon zest
  1. Mix together and use as a topping.

I scarfed these down with side of cottage cheese scrambled eggs?  Major egg excitement over here.  Our local non-chain pet store sells fresh eggs!  The owners raise chickens and sell the eggs for the amazing price of $3!  And, they beat out every other farm fresh egg to date!  I’ve never seen such a golden yellow/orange color and the yolk sits about one inch high!  Even after adding cottage cheese, these scrambled eggs were bright yellow.

Breakfast [lunch or dinner] is served!

The sauce adds a nice tangy bite.  Made these today and they’re already 100% polished off.

This is another recipe, I highly recommend doubling.  Freeze one whole batch, by tightly wrapping each [cooled] burger in saran wrap, then in a sealed freezer bag.  Defrost the night before in the fridge.  Super quick and easy to heat back up and take to work in the morning, topped with an egg on a toasted bun, or lettuce wrap style.

I’m missing those Field Roast sausages less + less.

Now back to being wrapped up in a blanket, on the couch, with a box of tissues, sipping tea, and eating popcorn. 


Reader Comments (82)

These sound so delicious! I make a chickpea burger with oats and tofu, but the tofu is kind of odd for me. Stoked to try this recipe - and even more stoked that it freezes well!

January 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAshlae

This sounds right up my alley! My house in on a strict diet and we can't eat oats right now, but I bet I can find a way to work around it. Thanks for the great idea! And thanks for giving my husband his favorite meal back!

These sound great and seem like a fun side for Thanksgiving for those not wanting traditional fare; the flavors are complementary but veggie-friendly.

These are a welcomed sight, especially after my major falafel burger fail tonight. You are right, veggie burgers are tricky. Can't wait to try these!

Mmm! These look delicious and I love chickpeas!! Ive been really looking for a good veggie burder recipe - but Im also really keen to find one with nuts! Ive had a few delicious nutburgers that Im really keen to re-create.:)

Boudler looks beautiful dear!

January 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEm (Wine and Butter)

These sound amazing! What a great breakfast side.

January 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

These look great - I love apple and sage together!

Awesome! I love apple flavor in things like veggie burgers - thanks for the recipe!

These look fantastic! I will definitely try them :)

Wow, the patties look so perfectly formed. Way to go, Ashley!

January 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLeanne @ Healthful Pursuit

i think i like the idea of them served with eggs for!

January 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHeather (Heather's Dish)

This is perfect! I've been dreaming of a sage bean patty for some time now too, but have not had time to focus on it. I'm definitely making these fir my next gluten free biscuits and grape jelly! I'm so excited to try these!

Oh! This recipe is so timely. I put some chickpeas in a jar to soak overnight and figured I would spend some time today searching the blog world for an idea of what to do with them for dinner. This sounds SO GOOD. Anything with apple and sage is a hit with me.
And I've never tried cottage cheese with scrambled eggs- but LOVE that idea. I also love that I have every ingredient for all of the foods you listed above in my fridge + pantry. :) It's the little things...

i love this recipe! What a cool idea :)

January 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLauren @ What Lauren Likes

This is definitely my kinda recipe..excited to try another veggie burger variation..thanks!!

January 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLizAshlee

The flavor combination sounds so savory and delicious - can't wait to try them!

Those look so good! And I have to try those cottage cheese oats soon, they look delicious :).

yummmmmmmmmmyy. i need more eggs.

January 17, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterkelsey

Even though I just made a double batch of veggie burgers yesterday, I just might have to whip up a batch of these tomorrow - they sound delicious!

Apples, Sage, Chickpeas...great combo. I have to make these. Do they freeze well?

January 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterConnie Gordon

I have never made veggie burgers, but this looks fantastic!! I have to try these!!

Oh man. Now that's my kinda burger. LOVE the photos (as always).

January 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCait's Plate

Great photos, but also wow those look so good!

January 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDena @ 40 Fit in the Mitt

Yummy :) I'm not usually a fan of veggie sausages but I'm a huge fan of chickpeas in burgers. These look so good. I've fallen out of the habit of making and freezing veggie burgers, I need to get back into that! Thanks for the reminder :D

January 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHeidi @ Food Doodles

Very innovative, Ashley! The sage sounds perfect for a compliment to an egg breakfast!

January 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLindsay @ Lindsay's list

Ashley. I LOVED when you made those lentil burgers and I think these look lovely. Thanks for sharing! It's just such a treat to see our fine work! love it! - have a great day! - jasper

January 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJasper

These look so delicious, I can't wait to try them! I love the apple/onion combo.

This is a must try...asap. I love all the flavors!

January 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

These burgers look amazing! I love the apple sage field roast sausages, so I'm sure I'll love these too! One of my favorite quick dinners is a sliced up field roast sausage browned in a pan with a little olive oil and piled on top of a baked sweet potato - SO GOOD! I'll have to try it with these burgers next time.

January 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKerry

we're a huge fan of veggie burgers, even if we're not vegetarian. My favorite chickpea variation so far was one with sweet potatoes and curry but I am pumped to try this one out! :)

January 17, 2012 | Unregistered Commenternatalie (the sweets life)

Loving this recipe! Can't wait to give it a try.

Yum! I love chickpeas....especially in falafel. :-D These are perfect!

These look AMAZING! I've never made any bean burgers before and I was going to start with black bean burgers... but these look so good (plus I'm a huge fan of chickpeas), so I think you've just changed my mind!

January 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterIrina G (Fit Flexitarian)

Yesss, me too! I was low on chickpeas, so I could only make 1 batch. Definitely need to make a double batch soon!

January 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Yes, they do! So far, every veggie burger I've made has frozen really well. I mention how to freeze them in the post. So convenient and cheap!

January 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Oh they are so delicious!!!

January 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Hope you love them!! As well as the cottage eggs!! So glad you have all the ingredients on hand. That's the best!

January 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Umm, gluten free biscuits!! Must try those!

January 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Oh for sure. I mentioned that you can use flour, but just start with 1/3c. The texture might not be exactly the same but it will definitely work. I would go with raw buckwheat, quinoa or millet. Good luck!

January 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Yum!! These are going on the Kane household menu.

January 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle Kane

I'm so enjoying your recipes. On tomorrow night's table will be fried rice with the pineapple sauce. It's a great dish to serve our vegan guests.

January 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLulu

Apple and sage sound lovely together. I like how this can be a breakfast time treat too. These remind me of these sausages my mom always cooks that smell so good, but of course are full of meat :P

January 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCasey @ Insatiably Healthy

whipped them up as soon as I read this post- delicious and easy! You are on a roll with recipes lately, keep em coming! I am loving them all

January 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

Oooh ooh ooo, so excited to hear!!! :) That was a quick turnaround! Thanks for letting me know!

January 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I was contemplating getting sage last time I was at the store...darn! These look Thanksgiving-ish and perfect!

January 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAlexis @ Hummusapien

Those sound great! I think apple and sage is such a natural combination!!

January 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKelly

Sage is one of my favourite spices....paired with butternut pumpkin is awesome. Will have to give this recipe a go!

January 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSarah @ The Healthy Diva

I made these last night- including the egg - and have leftover chickpea burgers for lunch today. Everything was SO GOOD! Thanks for the recipe! (I'll be posting my version on my page later, which is not NEARLY as beautiful as yours :))

Woohoo!! Thanks for letting me know!

January 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I LOVE farm fresh eggs. It's my hope that once Hubby and I get a house, I can have some chickens in a wandering coop outside in the backyard. :)

The burger looks yummy. Funny, I have all the ingredients. Chickpeas defrosting right now ;) perhaps this shall be made soon.

January 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSonia the Mexigarian

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