Chickpea & Beef Burgers with Whipped Feta

Chickpeas add fiber to this blended burger, but the real joy here is the light and fluffy feta sauce that tops the whole shebang.

Chickpea & Beef Burgers with Whipped Feta
Photo: Johnny & Charlotte Autry
Active Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
25 mins


  • 1 cup no-salt-added canned chickpeas, rinsed, divided

  • 2 tablespoons water

  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided

  • 12 ounces lean ground beef

  • 1 ½ tablespoons chopped fresh mint

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano

  • ¾ teaspoon ground pepper

  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt

  • cup crumbled feta cheese

  • ½ cup low-fat plain Greek yogurt

  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

  • 4 whole-wheat hamburger buns, toasted

  • 4 leaves romaine lettuce, torn in half

  • 1 medium red onion, sliced into 1/4-inch ring

  • 1 large large tomato, sliced


  1. Combine ½ cup chickpeas, water and 1 teaspoon oil in a mini food processor. Pulse until coarsely chopped. Transfer to a medium bowl and add the remaining ½ cup chickpeas, coarsely mashing with a fork. Add beef, mint, oregano, pepper and ¼ teaspoon salt; mix gently to combine. Form into four burgers, 3½ inches wide.

  2. Heat the remaining 1 teaspoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the burgers and cook, flipping once halfway, until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part registers 160°F, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate, sprinkle with the remaining ¼ teaspoon salt and let rest for 5 minutes.

  3. Meanwhile, combine feta and yogurt with lemon zest and lemon juice in a medium bowl. Beat with an electric mixer on medium-high until fluffy, about 1 minute. Serve the burgers on buns with the sauce, lettuce, onion and tomato.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

492 Calories
20g Fat
47g Carbs
33g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 1 burger
Calories 492
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 47g 17%
Dietary Fiber 10g 36%
Total Sugars 12g
Protein 33g 66%
Total Fat 20g 26%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 80mg 27%
Vitamin A 5416IU 108%
Sodium 783mg 34%

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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