Just because you don’t eat meat is no reason to feel left out at a burger cook-up. These chickpea and mushroom patties will have even the most ardent meatlover rubbing shoulders with you trying to sneak a piece!




  • Health,Superfoods,Vegan,Vegetarian


  • Mediterranean

Cooking Methods

  • Frying,Grilling

Prep Time

60 minutes

Cooking Time

20 minutes


To serve: 6 whole wheat seed buns lettuce or finely shredded cabbage thinly sliced radishes thinly sliced cucumber



  • 1 x 400g can chickpeas, rinsed and drained

  • 200g mushrooms, finely chopped

  • 2 carrots, peeled

  • 2 spring onions, finely sliced

  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed

  • 5 ml (1 tsp) medium curry powder

  • 5 ml (1 tsp) ground cumin

  • 5 ml (1 tsp) ground coriander

  • zest and juice of ½ lemon

  • salt & pepper

  • 2 eggs

  • 60 ml chopped parsley

  • 30 ml cake flour

  • sunflower oil, for frying

  • extra flour, for coating


  • 1 large avocado, sliced

  • 100g feta (optional)

  • or 4 Tbsp hummus (vegan option)

  • few sprigs fresh mint including stalks

  • 30 ml lemon juice

  • 1 small chilli, sliced (optional)

  • pinch ground coriander

  • pinch ground cumin

  • salt to taste



  • Peel the carrots; grate coarsely and allow to drain.

  • With a fork, mash the chickpeas.

  • Heat a little oil in a pan; add the mushrooms, carrot and onions. Saute until vegetables become softened.

  • Add the spices and allow mixture to become aromatic.

  • Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly before proceeding.

  • Add mashed chickpeas, lemon juice and rind, seasoning, egg, parsley and flour to the vegetables, and if necessary mash more until you have a rough paste with some chunky bits.

  • You can use a food processor if you have one, just don’t process past the rough stage.

  • Divide the mixture into 6 and shape into patties gently with your hands; they will be quite loose but this is normal.

  • Sprinkle flour onto a flat surface and carefully coat patties on both sides, shaping with your hands all the time.

  • Heat oil in a frying pan and fry the patties gently on one side for about 4 minutes. Carefuly flip patties on to the other side and repeat the cooking. Do not over-handle as the patties will fall apart. Remove when browned and holding their shape.


  • Lightly mix all ingredients together, except feta. Combine well; add the feta, folding in carefully.

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