Chickpea Burgers & Tahini Sauce


These satisfying vegetarian burgers feature a crispy chickpea patty topped with a creamy tahini sauce. Instead of a traditional burger bun, we use a whole-wheat pita for a fun and flavorful twist.

Cook Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
25 mins
4 servings


Chickpea burgers

  • 1 19-ounce can chickpeas, rinsed

  • 4 scallions, trimmed and sliced

  • 1 egg

  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano

  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 2 6-1/2-inch whole-wheat pitas, halved and warmed, if desired

Tahini sauce

  • ½ cup low-fat plain yogurt

  • 2 tablespoons tahini, (see Ingredient note)

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

  • cup chopped flat-leaf parsley

  • ¼ teaspoon salt


  1. Place chickpeas, scallions, egg, flour, oregano, cumin and salt in a food processor. Pulse, stopping once or twice to scrape down the sides, until a coarse mixture forms that holds together when pressed. (The mixture will be moist.) Form into 4 patties.

  2. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add patties and cook until golden and beginning to crisp, 4 to 5 minutes. Carefully flip and cook until golden brown, 2 to 4 minutes more.

  3. To prepare sauce & serve: Meanwhile, combine yogurt, tahini, lemon juice, parsley and salt in a medium bowl. Warm pitas, if desired. Divide the patties among the pita halves and serve with the sauce.


Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate the uncooked burger mixture and tahini sauce for up to 2 days.

Ingredient Note: Tahini is a thick paste made from ground sesame seeds. Look for it in the Middle Eastern section or near other nut butters in large supermarkets.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

400 Calories
15g Fat
55g Carbs
15g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 400
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 55g 20%
Dietary Fiber 9g 32%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 15g 30%
Total Fat 15g 19%
Saturated Fat 3g 13%
Cholesterol 48mg 16%
Vitamin A 809IU 16%
Vitamin C 19mg 21%
Folate 133mcg 33%
Sodium 715mg 31%
Calcium 148mg 11%
Iron 4mg 23%
Magnesium 79mg 19%
Potassium 494mg 11%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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