Garbanzo Burgers

Kenya loves burgers, but since becoming a vegetarian, has not eaten them very often. 

So, I figured, why not try a garbanzo burger? They're packed with protein, low in fat and high in dietary fiber, so they're a great addition to anyone's diet. 

Even better, these burgers cost very little to make (especially when compared to buying meat or remade veggie burgers), freeze beautifully (so you can make them and keep them on hand for whenever your crew feels like burgers) and make everyone smile when they take a bite!

What toppings will you add to your garbanzo burgers?! We're an avocado, tomato, sumac yogurt sauce style family, but love to hear your faves! 

Photos by Gerry Speirs

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Garbanzo Burgers (makes 9 patties)

Prep Time: 10 mins Cook Time: 10 mins

nut free


  • 1 15 ounce can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 Small Carrot, chopped
  • 1 Garlic Clove
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 Tsp kosher salt
  • 1/3 Cup Bread Crumbs (I used whole grain)
  • 2 Tsp Sesame Seeds (I used toasted sesame seeds)
  • 1 Tbsp oil


1. Place the first 6 ingredients in a food processor and pulse until combined.

2. Place garbanzo bean mixture in a bowl and combine with the bread crumbs and sesame seeds.

3. Place 1/4 cup of mixture in your hands and form into patties (I used an ice cream scooper to portion the patties-mixture will be moist).

4. Heat oil in a large saute pan over medium high heat.

5. Cook the patties for 5 minutes.

6. Turn the patties, reduce the heat to low and continue to cook for an additional 5 minutes.

7. Serve.

*You can place these on buns, although I served them with a slice of avocado on top and dipped them in lemon yogurt sauce.

To Freeze: After step 3, place patties on a sheet tray and freeze for 30 minutes. Then transfer to a ziploc bag, label and freeze up to 4 months. When ready, defrost in fridge for 24 hours then follow steps 4-7.

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Hi, I’m Catherine. Mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.