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Easy Chickpea and Coriander Burgers

An easy burger that kids and adults will love. You know when you serve these burgers exactly what is in them. They are simple to make, tasty and healthy. Suitable for vegans.

Easy Chickpea and Coriander Burgers


I initially made these easy chickpea and coriander patties for my wee boy, but my husband Graham was mooching about the kitchen while I was making them and asking what we were having for dinner.

My only plan was to feed the wee one, so I hadn't given our meal a thought. 

Graham gave me puppy dog eyes and asked "Are there any more of these burgers? 

Can we have them too?".

What could I do?

There were plenty of patties left so I gave in and cooked some for us and served them with baked beans and mash for a real nursery-style dinner.

These burgers have become a real family favourite and the wee one absolutely loves them. 

They aren't complicated or fancy, but during these dreich days of winter they are the ultimate in comfort food.

They are dairy-free and suitable for vegans too as well as being super healthy.


I priced these burgers using supermarket ingredients. 

8 burgers cost £1.70, that's just 21p per burger.

2 x 400g chickpeas = 78p
1 clove garlic = 3p
2 tsp cumin = 18p
1 tsp turmeric = 9p
1 onion = 10p
½ lemon = 15p
2 tbsp flour = 2p
½ bag fresh coriander = 35p

Total = £1.70  
(8 burgers 21p each)

Prices right at time of publish.


As well as being super easy to make and tasty, these burgers are also low-calorie.

Only 126 calories per burger.

These burgers have to be a winner!

For more low calorie burgers, try my 10 minute spicy bean burgers.


These burgers are low calorie too and great for the 5:2 Diet (pssst! did you know the 5:2 Diet has now been updated and you can have 800 calories on a fast day which makes it much more achievable.). 

10 patties have 126 calories each and that is including a tablespoon of olive oil for frying them in, so you can probably afford the calories for some salad and relish and to serve them on a burger bun.

For an even lower calorie option, serve them with a little relish, mayo or sweet chilli sauce in a lettuce wrap!

An easy but utterly delicious bean burger in a bun with salad, avocado and relish


Reader's Corner 

Reader's photo  - burger mix made into falafel with added beetroot.

One of my lovely readers Anna emailed me to say she loves these burgers and often rolls the mixture into smaller balls to make falafel.

Such a good idea!

She has also been experimenting. 

She swapped half the can of chickpeas with a medium steamed beetroot and made these beautifully pink coloured falafel.

She said they were a great success and don't they look fab.

Thanks for sharing the ideas with us Anna.

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Yield: 8-10 burgers
Author: Jacqueline Meldrum
Easy Chickpea and Coriander Burgers

Easy Chickpea and Coriander Burgers

An easy burger that kids and adults will love. You know when you serve these burgers exactly what is in them. They are simple to make, tasty and healthy. Suitable for vegans.
Prep time: 10 MinCook time: 10 MinTotal time: 20 Min


  • 2 x 400g/14oz cans chickpeas, drained
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and crushed
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 onion, peeled and quartered
  • 1 ½ tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • a large handful of fresh coriander (don't like coriander, check the notes below)


  1. Blend the chickpeas, garlic, cumin, turmeric, onion and lemon juice in a food processor.
  2. Tip into a bowl and mix in the flour and coriander and season.
  3. Use your hands (floured), to shape into balls and then flatten with the ball of your hand.
  4. Fry the patties in a little oil, turning until nicely browned and crisp. Make sure your oil is really hot or the patties may crumble.
  5. Enjoy!


If you don't like coriander, I would recommend using chives or parsley.

If you are on a diet, you can still serve these burgers with toppings, just wrap them in a lettuce instead of a burger bun.

You can keep these burgers in the fridge for 3-4 days or freeze them for 3-4 months.

These patties are suitable for babies (10 month +), adults and everyone in between. You may want to chop the patties into small pieces for babies and remember if you are serving it with mash, leave out the salt and the beans should be low sugar and low salt.



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  1. Gosh, look at you, Mrs. Mother of the Year. You are simply amazing, with all the from-scratch stuff you do for your wee one. My mother was like that, but she was an original hippie and wanted to grind her own wheat for flour, and she didn't have an outside job, either -- but you manage both. Well done, you!

  2. Yum, these look delicious, I will definitely give them a try in the near future!

  3. You should write a cookbook for lucky children. :D

  4. Pretty sure I never got food like this when I was a wee one! Defo think you should consider the cookbook idea!

  5. Copper would love chickpeas, and so would the child in all of us.

  6. Sylvia loves chickpeas so I must try these (though I don't like coriander so might try parsley) - it is so good to find recipes that everyone in the family loves

  7. I'm making a salad this week, these should go on top.

  8. They're like baby falafels, yum!

  9. Love those MidEastern flavors, Jacqueline!

  10. Yum! Lucky Cooper to get such delicious meals. I'd love these for lunch with a nice big salad.

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  12. Sounds like a lovely meal. Just the type of comfort food I enjoy. Lucky Cooper to have such a good cook for a mom.

  13. Kinda like falafels. Yum!! and so easy. thanks!

  14. Your son is very lucky to have you cooking such delicious meals!

    I will definitely give these a go, they are probably a lot healthier than the deep fried version I make from Jo Pratt's book and I'm sure even more delicious for it!


  15. I love these, so healthy and delicious!

  16. I'm not surprised Cooper loves these, they sound delicious.

  17. First time into your blog through Lisa's Kitchen...simply loved are in my blog list..
    You have a beautiful collection of healthy and delicious recipes...
    The chickpea patties looks awesome..will soon give it a try..

  18. It has been too long since I made chickpea patties! These look so good, I am going to definitely make them soon!

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  20. I have just made these lovely burgers for tea, they were fab with baked potatoes, salad and homemade coleslaw. I will definately be making these tasty treats again.
    Thank you for the recipe Jacqueline
    Best wishes
    Lisa xx

  21. Hello! Do you know, I made something like this for my boy recently and they were a hit! And I'm sure you have been reading my updates on how seldom hits occur. Everyone should try this recipe, it's nutritious, easy for self-feeding,not messy and yummy. X

  22. These sound really really delicious. Will make them today.

  23. I absolutely loved these. I froze 6 and ate 2, cooked 2 from frozen yesterday, and they do cook and freeze perfectly

    1. Oh yes they freeze well. I'm so glad you enjoyed them.

  24. These are great cold! I made a great sandwich with mayo and mustard in whole grain bread. Delish!!

  25. Just used the chickpea and coriander recipe in sausage rolls the inner pastry spread with minty yogur goodness me they're good!

  26. Your blog was the first I read when both my daughters went Veggie, soon followed by me as it all tasted so good. Love your recipes, and love tweaking them. You do a brilliant job helping people to change the way we will all have to eat in the future. Gold star to you, too!

  27. I'm so glad. You do a brilliant job.


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