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Buffalo Chickpea Quinoa Burgers with “Blue Cheese” Dressing

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  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 6 patties 1x



For the burgers:

  • 1/3 cup dry quinoa (1 cup cooked)
  • 1 tablespoon flaxseed
  • 1 15.5 ounce can chickpeas (aka garbanzo beans), drained and rinsed (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup minced shallot
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and grated
  • 1/3 cup quinoa flakes (rolled oats would work too)
  • 1/3 cup hemp seeds
  • 1/4 cup Frank’s hot sauce (or any Buffalo sauce but Frank’s is the best)
  • 2 teaspoons white miso paste
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 6 hamburger buns

For the “blue cheese” dressing:

  • 1 cup cashews, soaked in 1 1/4 cup water for at least 30 minutes
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon white miso paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried dill weed
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup water

Optional, for serving:

  • Lettuce
  • Avocado
  • Tomato
  • Extra Frank’s hot sauce


For the burgers:

  1. Cook quinoa according to instructions on the package.
  2. In the meantime, stir flaxseed and 3 tablespoons water in a small bowl
  3. add chickpeas to a food processor, and pulse to a powder-like consistency.
  4. In a large bowl, add the ground chickpeas, quinoa, garlic, shallot, carrot, quinoa flakes, hemp seeds, Frank’s, miso paste, and the flax egg. Mix ingredients together and use the back of a fork to mash the mixture until thick and pasty. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Mix together. With clean hands, press mixture down to form a round.
  5. Refrigerate, covered, for 30 minutes. Form into six patties, squeezing and packing the mixture together.
  6. Add olive oil to a cast iron grill pan over medium heat. Add burgers and cook for about 4 minutes, flip, and cook for another 3-4 minutes or until exterior is crispy and browned.
  7. Serve burgers on bun with “blue cheese” dressing and desired toppings.

For the “blue cheese dressing”:

  1. Add soaked cashews, white vinegar, nutritional yeast, lemon juice, miso paste, garlic powder, onion powder, dill weed, and salt to a food processor or blender and puree on high speed. While running, slowly add water to achieve desired smooth and creamy consistency.
  2. Top burgers with dressing.
  • Prep Time: 45 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Burgers
  • Method: Grilling
  • Cuisine: Vegetarian

Keywords: veggie burgers, vegetarian, vegan, chickpea, buffalo, blue cheese, dressing