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Smoky Chickpea Burgers with Cilantro-Lime Apple Slaw
by Jamie Vespa on Friday October 20, 2017
Smoky Chickpea Burgers with Cilantro-Lime Apple Slaw

Smoky chickpea quinoa burgers topped with cilantro-lime apple slaw make for an incredibly delicious vegan meal. These burgers contain nutritious, wholesome ingredients and are packed with enough flavor to please just about any palate.


  • 1 (15.5 ounce) can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained
  • 1 tbsp flaxseed meal + 2.5 tbsp water to create flax egg
  • ⅓ cup cooked (and cooled) quinoa
  • ¼ cup diced red onion
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • ½ tsp chili powder
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika
  • ½ tsp coriander
  • ½ tsp sea salt + ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 2 tbsp freshly chopped cilantro
  • 4 buns or wraps

***Cilantro-Lime Apple Slaw***

  • ½ large apple, julienned
  • 1 cup shredded cabbage
  • 2 tsp apple cider or red wine vinegar
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • ½ tsp granulated sweetener of choice (I used Stevia)
  • Pinch of sea salt and black pepper
  • 2 tbsp freshly chopped cilantro


  1. Begin by preparing the slaw. Simply combine all slaw ingredients in a medium-sized bowl and mix well. Refrigerate for ~30 mins before serving to allow flavors to marry.
  2. Prepare flax egg by combining flaxseed meal and water in a small bowl and mixing well. Let sit for ~5 minutes to thicken.
  3. Prepare burgers by placing drained chickpeas in a large bowl and mashing them with a fork. Add flax egg and remaining burger ingredients and mix until well-combined (feel free to use your hands to mash everything up well). Form into 4 burger patties.
  4. Heat a large skillet over medium heat and coat with a drizzle of olive oil or coconut oil. Once hot, add burgers to the pan and saute for ~4-5 minutes per side, until browned. Try to avoid flipping them more than once.
  5. Place burger on a bun and top with slaw and additional toppings if desired (I used microgreens, avocado and watermelon radishes). Makes 4 burgers.
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Serves: 4 burgers

Nutrition Information 

Serving size: 1 burger patty (without slaw) Calories: 115 Fat: 3 gm Carbohydrates: 20 gm Sugar: 1.5 gm Sodium: 260 mg Fiber: 6 gm Protein: 5 gm Cholesterol: 0 mg

Jamie Vespa, MS, RD, LD/N, is a former TGH dietitian who is now assistant nutrition editor at Cooking Light magazine. You can find more of her recipes on TGH Health News and more recipes on her blog, Dishing Out Health.