Chickpea-Mushroom Burgers

Photo by Joseph De Leo, Food Styling by Liza Jernow

These 10-ingredient gluten-free and vegan burgers are crisped up like a smash burger in the oven. We would never say that you HAVE to put cheese on them, but let’s just say we highly recommend it.

Makes 8
Active Time
35 minutes
Total Time
1 hour, plus chilling


    • 1/2 cup red or black quinoa, rinsed
    • Kosher salt
    • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil, divided, plus more for drizzling
    • 2 (14.5-oz.) cans chickpeas, rinsed, drained
    • 1 tsp. garlic powder
    • 1/2 tsp. smoked paprika
    • 8 oz. crimini mushrooms, trimmed, cut into 1/4" pieces
    • 1/4 cup tahini
    • 1/4 cup white miso
    • 1/4 cup oat flour or all-purpose flour
    • 8 slices sharp cheddar or vegan cheese
    • Mayonnaise, mustard, hamburger buns, shredded iceberg lettuce, and sliced pickles (for serving; optional)


    1. Cook quinoa in a large saucepan of lightly salted boiling water, stirring occasionally, until tender, 8–10 minutes. Drain well and let cool at least 10 minutes.
    2. Meanwhile, heat 1/4 cup oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high. Add chickpeas (make sure they are well drained) and cook, tossing occasionally, until lightly browned, 8–10 minutes. Add garlic powder and paprika and toss a few times to coat. Transfer to a large bowl and let cool about 5 minutes.
    3. Add mushrooms, tahini, miso, and 1/4 cup oil to bowl with chickpeas and mash with a potato masher or fork to combine. Add quinoa and flour and mash until mixture holds together when squeezed in your hand. Taste and season with salt if needed. Form into 8 patties and arrange on a parchment-lined rimmed baking sheet. Freeze until firm, about 2 hours. At this point, the patties can be baked, or they can stay frozen up to 3 months. Transfer to resealable freezer bags or layer in an airtight container with sheets of parchment between patties.
    4. Preheat oven to 425°. Drizzle frozen patties generously with oil on both sides on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake patties until browned and crisp, 25–30 minutes. Place a slice of cheese on top of each patty and bake until cheese is melted, about 1 minute.
    5. Spread mayonnaise and mustard on cut sides of buns (if using). Place burgers on bottom buns. Top with lettuce and pickles (if using) and close up burgers.
    6. Do Ahead: Patties can be made 3 months ahead. Transfer to a resealable freezer bag and freeze.

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