Chickpea Swiss Chard Veggie Burgers Recipe- Gluten Free and Vegan

Lately I haven't been cooking so many legume dishes despite them being healthy and affordable, because every time I make them, my kids end up protesting, and refusing to eat them, and then they go in the trash, which makes them decidedly not a money saver.
However, I wanted to try again, and decided to combine chickpeas- one of the legumes my kids mind least, and swiss chard (or rather, the wild version of it, beta vulgaris, sea beet) that I have growing all over my yard, and I made these chickpea Swiss chard veggie burgers together with my kids, and everyone agreed to eat it and they all enjoyed it, so I'll call that a win.
It's a pretty easy recipe to make as well, so that's an additional win. Not to mention being gluten free and vegan.

Chickpea Swiss Chard Veggie Burgers Recipe- Gluten Free and Vegan

3 cups cooked chickpeas
1/4 cup ground flax seeds
3 cups chopped Swiss chard, sea beet, or spinach (stem included)
6 tablespoons prepared terriyaki sauce (homemade or store bought- make sure to use gluten free if making this recipe gluten free)
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup rice flour or wheat flour
2 tablespoon oil of choice, plus more for greasing

1. Put the chickpeas and chard/spinach into the food processor and process until it is mostly smooth. (A few small chunks is ok.)

2. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well.

3. Line a baking tray with parchment paper and grease it. Oil your hands as well to stop the mixture from sticking to you.

4. Form patties with your hands and place them on your lined baking tray. This makes about 12-16 decently sized patties.

5. Bake at 350 for 20-30 minutes, or until solid, browned, and easily removed from the baking tray.

6. Serve as you would any other burgers. My kids had this on toasted gluten free bread with tomato slices, ketchup, and sea beet/swiss chard leaves.


Does your family enjoy veggie burgers? If you serve them, do you generally make them homemade or use store bought veggie burgers? What is in yours? Does this look like a recipe you'd try?

Penniless Parenting

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  1. Thank you, Penny- this definitely looks like something I would try, probably with spinach!
    Appreciate the good recipes and looking forward to more "day-in-the-life" kinds of chats from you soon.

  2. This sounds really good. Looking forward to trying them.

  3. Thank you for this recipe. I just made two versions of my own bean burgers and I like the idea of baking them instead of frying (I used a bit of avocado oil for that). I used beans and ground up old fashioned oats as the binder and added a couple of drops of liquid smoke to give the grilled/burger flavor.

  4. These look great! I bet they'd be great with nettles too, since those work so well in place of spinach (I think they taste sweeter and better than spinach, actually). Or ramps for a really garlicky, oniony version. :) I've been making lots of chickpea burgers lately but I tend to make mine with roasted veggies and onions so they're a lot lighter in color. I love the way these look so much like real hamburgers. Looking forward to trying them!

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