Chickpea and Walnut Burgers

These burgers take less than 45 minutes to put together and are full of the kind of goodness your body craves after a stressful day. They make the perfect evening meal choice as one of the ingredients is especially fantastic for improving your sleep – that ingredient is walnuts!! Walnuts naturally contain melatonin which helps control your sleep cycle. This means that eating them a few hours before bed can really help you to get to sleep. As we get older our natural melatonin levels will decrease, making it all the more important to get it from dietary sources.

Using chickpeas in these burgers is great for the consistency as well as the overall nutrition of your meal. One cup of chickpeas contains an impressive 15 grams of protein as well as 13 grams of dietary fiber and just 4 grams of fat. Add to that that there is no bad cholesterol in chickpeas but there is a fantastic range of much needed vitamins and minerals.

To make a batch for yourself, get hold of the following ingredients:

½ an onion, diced,
1 cup of walnuts
1 cup of chickpeas
1 cup of whole-wheat flour
1 cup of mushrooms, chopped
2 cloves of garlic, chopped
½ a cup of dairy-free milk
A dash of sea salt
1 tbsp of basil
Coconut oil

chickpea_walnut_burgers_the_flexi_foodieTo begin, sauté the onion and mushrooms in a large skillet with a tablespoon of the coconut oil. You can also preheat your oven to 180C at this point. Once the onions and mushrooms begin to brown, add them into your food processor with the walnuts, chickpeas, flour, garlic, milk, salt and basil and blitz. The mixture doesn’t have to be totally smooth. If you find it is too dry then add in milk as necessary or if you find it is too moist then feel free to add in more flour.

Take a handful of the mixture at a time and make into patties before placing onto the baking tray. Place in the oven for 15 minutes before you remove, turn over and put back in for a further 15 minutes. After this time you can remove from the oven and eat however you like!

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35 Comments Add yours

  1. Looks soooo good! I’m going to give this a try! Thanks for the recipe

  2. MMMMmmmm Yummy! I have got to try this.

  3. Reblogged this on NotAnotherFitnessBlog and commented:
    Eat to nourish your body. There are holistic properties in GOOD FOOD. Giving your body what it needs is an act of self love- not a punishment.

  4. blackandwhitewings says:

    Reblogged this on blackandwhitewings.

  5. These look amazing!!!

  6. MyFocusPoint says:

    Hmmm can’t wait to try and make this!

  7. jocelyn says:

    This looks good. Thanks for the recipe 🙂

  8. Reblogged this on and commented:
    Definitely going to have to keep this my bag of tricks for the unsuspecting non-paleo dinner guests… 🙂

  9. alwaysactive says:

    I’ve been a big fan of Dr. Praeger’s veggie cakes and veggie patties from Costco lately and these look just as delicious! I can’t wait to try them out thanks for the recipe!

  10. Feast Wisely says:

    Clever recipe – love the combo of chickpeas and walnuts!

  11. would like to try it sometime

  12. nice dish but i hate onions

  13. As a lover of healthy foods with an addiction to chickpeas, I must say- I love this post! Creative recipe, can’t wait to try it!

  14. SarahSmile says:

    Yum! Do you have any suggestions as a replacer for flour in this recipe? Something gluten-free?

    1. juliemontagu says:

      Hey! Thanks for reading – you should be able to find gluten free flour 🙂

  15. Hi I discovered today your blog and it looks amazing. i like the use of chickpeas

  16. That’s awesome, I’m always looking for the best variations of burgers out there. Also, like the nutritional info of walnuts and melatonin, learned something knew today!

  17. oishivegan says:

    Yum yum, your burger recipe is brilliant, I tried it yesterday and it worked out pretty well 🙂

    Thanks for sharing !!!

    oishivegan.wordpress.com

  18. isiirwin says:

    Reblogged this on hello.

  19. Zenified says:

    Looks so yum & it’s simple! I love it!
    Can this be made without the mushrooms?

  20. Monica says:

    Could we substitute gluten-free flour? These look great! I love that they are plant-based and non-dairy.

      1. Monica says:

        Thanks! I can’t wait to try them!

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