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In this easy plant-based burger recipe, we combine chickpeas and pesto to create a delicious patty that gets topped with balsamic-roasted red onions and a creamy roasted red pepper mayonnaise sauce. The end result is a delicious dinner that will quickly become your family's new favorite way to do burgers. Enjoy alongside a big salad and roasted potatoes to make it a meal.

EatingWell.com, May 2021


Credit: Carolyn Hodges

Recipe Summary

35 mins
35 mins

Nutrition Profile:



Balsamic Roasted Red Onion
Chickpea Pesto Burgers
Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Sauce & Buns


Instructions Checklist
  • To prepare roasted onion: Preheat oven to 375°F and place a baking sheet in the oven while it preheats. Toss onion with 1 tablespoon oil, 1 tablespoon vinegar, ¼ teaspoon salt and pepper in a small bowl. Transfer the mixture to one side of an 18-inch piece of foil. Fold the foil in half and crimp the edges to seal the onion in a packet. Place the packet on the baking sheet and bake until the onion is tender, 20 to 30 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, prepare burgers: Squeeze extra liquid out of spinach and place the spinach in a medium bowl. Add chickpeas and mash with a fork. Add egg, walnuts, breadcrumbs, pesto and salt and mix well. Form the mixture into six ¾-inch-thick patties.

  • Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the patties and cook until golden brown on the bottom, 5 to 6 minutes. Flip the patties, reduce heat to medium-low, cover and cook until the other side is golden brown and an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center registers 160°F, about 5 minutes more.

  • Meanwhile, prepare sauce: Combine 1 roasted pepper, garlic, mayonnaise (and/or yogurt) and vinegar in a small food processor. Process until smooth. Slice the remaining roasted peppers into strips.

  • Place the burgers on buns and top with the sauce, roasted onion and pepper strips.

To make ahead

Refrigerate roasted onions (Step 1), burger patties (Step 2) and sauce (Step 4) separately for up to 1 day.


For the best flavor, toast nuts before using in a recipe. To toast chopped nuts, place in a small dry skillet and cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until fragrant, 2 to 4 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

1 burger
426 calories; fat 23g; cholesterol 35mg; sodium 660mg; carbohydrates 44g; dietary fiber 9g; protein 12g; sugars 7g; niacin equivalents 2mg; saturated fat 3g; vitamin a iu 3239IU; potassium 442mg.