Vegetarian Carrot Chickpea Burger Recipe with Peanut Cilantro Pesto


Looking for a healthy AND tasty vegetarian chickpea burger recipe? Look no further: This easy Carrot Chickpea Burger served with a refreshing Peanut Cilantro Pesto delivers on every level. 

Vegetarian Carrot Chickpea Burger topped with Cilantro Pesto and sour cream

This easy and healthy Carrot Chickpea Burger recipe is THE BEST VEGGIE BURGER!

It’s one of those recipes I know by heart as I make them a lot for when we have vegetarian friends over at a BBQ.

 The chickpea burger patties have not only the perfect texture, no, they also taste incredible! I somehow associate chickpeas and carrots with the Middle Eastern Cuisine so I went for a warm spice mix of cumin, cinnamon, and coriander!

I also like to add a hint of turmeric for a nice bright yellow color and a tsp of sambal oelek for a bit of heat!

carrot chickpea burger patty on a whole wheat bun with veggies

Top your chickpea burgers with my homemade peanut cilantro pesto! 

 

The refreshing Peanut Cilantro Pesto takes this Carrot Chickpea Burger recipe to the next level.

I got the peanut cilantro pesto recipe from a Costa Rican Fusion Chef who cooked for us during our honeymoon and it has become one of our most cherished recipes! 

Nutrition-wise there’s a lot of awesomeness going on in this vegetarian burger recipe. You get your fiber, you get your proteins plus you get so many different flavors and textures that it is also really fun to eat.

This Carrot Chickpea Burger is so tasty, you will not miss the meat, promise!

Carrot Chickpea Burger on a whole wheat bun topped with sour cream and peanut cilantro pesto

The secret to juicy chickpea burger patties that don’t crumble or fall apart:

Now,  we’ve all had burger patties crumbling and falling apart while frying in the pan, right?

Even more so with vegetarian patties!

Here’s a little tip: If you don’t want your Chickpea Carrot Patties to fall apart while frying, you absolutely need to make sure you don’t overprocess your chickpeas!

You’ll want a rough chop while processing. I sometimes even skip the processing altogether and just mash them a bit with my potato masher.

If you go for the food processor method mix in the rest of your ingredients by hand, if you can. That gives you more control!

Vegetarian Spicy Carrot Chickpea Burger with cilantro pesto cut into half

These vegetarian burger patties are also perfect for lunch sandwiches! I always fry a big batch of the Chickpea Carrot Patties and freeze them individually.

When I need one, I just let them defrost in the fridge overnight!

Did you make and love this spicy chickpea burger recipe? Give it your review below! And make sure to share your creations by tagging me on Instagram!

Vegetarian Carrot Chickpea Burger with Cilantro Pesto
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Carrot Chickpea Burger with Cilantro Pesto

Looking for a healthy AND tasty vegetarian burger recipe? Look no further: This Chickpea Carrot Burger served with a refreshing Peanut Cilantro Pesto delivers on every level. It is the best veggie burger I’ve ever tasted. 

Course dinner, main
Cuisine American, Middle Eastern
Keyword best vegetarian burger patty, chickpea burger recipe, spicy chickpea burger
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 8 people
Calories 400 kcal
Author Kiki Johnson

Ingredients

For the patties

  • 1 can chickpeas 19 fl oz, drained
  • 1 big garlic clove
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp curry powder
  • 1 carrot grated
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 egg L
  • 80 g breadcrumbs 2 slices day old white bread
  • 8 whole wheat buns or any bun or bread you like
  • 8 lettuce leaves
  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 8 slices tomato
  • 2 cups shredded red cabbage
  • 8 tbsps sour cream
  • optional: 8 tsp mayo

For the Cilantro Peanut Pesto

  • 1,5 - 2 cups tightly packed cilantro
  • 1/2 cup unsalted roasted peanuts
  • 2 cloves garlic roughly chopped
  • 1 tsp finely grated fresh ginger
  • 2 tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup oil peanut or sunflower

Instructions

  1. Peel the carrots, grate them coarsely and set them aside.
  2. Peel and roughly chop the garlic.
  3. Drain and rinse the chickpeas and put them into a food processor with the garlic, ground spices, salt and pepper. Pulse quickly to obtain a rough paste. Transfer the mix to a bowl and stir in egg, grated carrots and breadcrumbs.
  4. Put the mix in the fridge to set for about 30 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, mix all the ingredients for the pesto in your food processor and pulse until you have a smooth green paste. Set aside in a little bowl.
  6. Heat the oil in a frying pan and divide the patty mixture into 8. Shape into patties and fry in batches for 2–3 minutes on each side, until golden, then drain on kitchen paper.
  7. Assemble your burgers to your liking.
  8. I like to spread some mayo or sour cream on the bun before I top them with salad and veg. You can also put a dollop of sour cream on the patties and top it with some cilantro pesto (see in the picture above)
  9. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Here's a little tip: If you don't want your Chickpea Carrot Patties to fall apart while frying, you absolutely need to make sure you don't overprocess your chickpeas!

You'll want a rough chop while processing. I sometimes even skip the processing altogether and just mash them a bit with my potato masher.

If you go for the food processor method mix in the rest of your ingredients by hand, if you can. That gives you more control!

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26 Comments

  1. Oh die sehen aber toll aus, sehr lecker!Macht mich direkt hungrig!
    Liebe Grüsse,
    Krisi

  2. Hallo, ich habe die Burger heute gebaut. Was soll ich sagen? Super mega lecker. Hammer! vor allem das Pesto ist super. Vielen Dank für das Rezept.

  3. Elaine @ Dishes Delish


    This chickpea burger looks delicious. Often times vegetarian burgers are dry and tasteless but this looks so moist and delicious!! I can’t wait to try it.

    • Thanks so much, Elaine! I have been so disappointed with most veggie burgers that I wanted to create one that even meat lovers would eat! So happy you like the look of it! Have a great week!


  4. Looks like a great alternative to a meat burger. We have and use chickpeas all the time. I think I may give these a try for my grandkids. Experimenting with new foods is great for them too.


  5. This veggie burger recipe looks absolutely scrumptious. I also love how you’ve dressed the burgers for maximum flavor. I definitely wouldn’t miss the meat!


  6. I love chickpeas and especially love cumin and coriander! A good healthy non meat burger is just essential sometimes! I can’t wait to try this! Sounds delish!

  7. I love the bright colors of this! Who says vegetarian burgers have to be boring? 🙂

  8. That would be a great lunch sandwich! Love the warm spices that you added to the carrot and chickpea patty. Such a nice color patty 🙂

  9. I usually turn to black beans for the base of my veggie burgers, but I love the sound of chickpeas instead! I can’t wait to give these a try; my toddler will love them, too.


  10. All the colors of the food rainbow in this great looking burger. It looks delicious!


  11. That cilantro pesto sounds amazing! Loving everything about this burger. The combo of the carrots and chickpeas sound perfect!

    • Thanks so much, Michele! It is a really good one and even meat-lovers have never complained about this one! I think the cilantro pesto has a lot to do with that!

  12. Michelle Blackwood


    Wow, this is amazing . I love all the flavor combinations in your burger. You did it again!

  13. These burgers sound so good! I think I will make a double batch and freeze for a quick dinner!

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