Chickpea Veggie Burger With Fried Halloumi

There’s nothing better than cooking out on a grill in the summer, and eating beneath the late-day sunshine as it dips below trees.  This month we’re sharing some healthy sandwich options ideal for summer barbecues from Jill of a Better Happier St. Sebastian.

Chickpea Veggie Burger with Fried Halloumi
serves 2

2 whole wheat buns
1 15oz can garbanzo beans, drained
6 oz porcini mushrooms, diced
1/2 red pepper, diced
1/2 cup cut kale leaves (about 3 stems)
2 thick slices halloumi cheese
1 egg
1/4 cup breadcrumbs
1 1/2 tbs chickpea flour
4 tsp olive oil, divided
1 tsp cumin
3 tsp garlic powder
salt and pepper

chickpea veggie burger

Divide garbanzo beans in half. Warm 1 tsp of olive oil over medium high heat in a small skillet. Add half garbanzo beans, 1 tsp garlic powder, salt and pepper. Fry the garbanzos until golden brown and set aside. Clear the skillet, and cook mushrooms with 1 tsp olive oil until well browned, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.

In a food processor, pulse to combine remaining garbanzo beans and cooked mushrooms until a coarse mixture forms. Remove from food processor and mix in a small bowl with cooked garbanzo beans, red pepper, egg, breadcrumbs, chickpea flour, cumin, 2 tsp garlic powder, and salt and pepper. Fold to combine and form two large patties.
Toss the cut kale with 1 tsp olive oil,salt and pepper, set aside to soften.

In a large skillet over medium-high heat, warm 1 tsp olive oil until shimmering. Cook patties for 3 minutes, then flip and cook for an additional 3 on the other side, until a crust forms. Cover skillet, reduce heat and cook an additional 3 minutes. Set aside.

Meanwhile, in a separate pan, warm 1 tsp of olive oil over medium-high heat. Fry the halloumi slices until golden brown on each side. To assemble sandwich, place chickpea patty on bun and top with halloumi and kale.

chickpea veggie burger

chickpea veggie burger

chickpea veggie burger

chickpea veggie burger

For more of Jill’s recipes visit her blog a Better Happier St. Sebastian.

More healthy recipes from the BLDG 25 Blog.


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Hypnotica Vintage
6 years ago
6 years ago

I love fried halloumi.. on everything!

It looks super delicious. I really enjoy chickpea lately, so need to try it in a burger as well.

6 years ago

Trying this on GF bread this weekend! It looks perfect for a fun BBQ evening.

This looks way too perfect. Thanks for the recipe :)

6 years ago

As a vegan, is there a substitute I could use for the egg in this recipe? Looks delicious, would love to try the vegan version :)

6 years ago

This is the second time in two weeks that I hear someone mention halloumi. It sounds so good, where can I get some of it?? I haven’t seen a Greek store near me :( the kale and the burger both look really good. Great recipe!

3 years ago

It really looks great !
In fact many carnivores prefer vegan venues, as i found out on this article :
Anybody likes vegan burgers ?