BBQ CAULIFLOWER & CHICKPEA VEGGIE BURGERS

BBQ CAULIFLOWER & CHICKPEA VEGGIE BURGERS
Tons of delicious BBQ flavor packed into these easy veggie burgers! Everyone will enjoy them!
I feel like I sound like a broken record, but things have been busy around here lately! We went on a trip to Iowa to visit my husband’s family and then a few days after we got back, my 8 month old got really sick with his first virus. Then, I got sick with a bad cold and then we had a friend come visit for a few days. And, then my sister and her boyfriend came to visit. Thankfully, both Eli and I were better by that visit!
My sister hadn’t seen Eli since the day after he was born and he was in the NICU so it wasn’t very easy to hold him. She had told me that her and her boyfriend had made my BBQ Cauliflower and Chickpea Tacos on one of their first dates, so I thought it would be fun to make a variation of that recipe on their first night here.
The weather has been perfect here lately and we’ve been really enjoying sitting out on the porch in the evenings so I felt like veggie burgers were the perfect porch sitting meal! And, they were delicious! I highly recommend topping them off with the creamy lime slaw that I top the tacos off with and eating them with a side of these oven baked french fries.
Today is also our April #EatSeasonal recipe roundup! I feel a little lame since I used cauliflower in March as well, but these BBQ Cauliflower and Chickpea Veggie Burgers are so good, that I think you’ll forgive me 🙂 Don’t forget to scroll to the bottom of the page for more delicious recipes using April seasonal produce!
INGREDIENTS
  • 1 small head cauliflower, cut into small florets
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 1 (15 ounce) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 2 tablespoons bread crumbs, gluten free or regular
  • 1 teaspoon ketchup
  • 3 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons coconut sugar, or brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika – optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • Optional toppings: Creamy Lime Slaw (recipe linked above)

INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees F. In a small bowl, mix together all of the spices. Place the cauliflower florets on a large baking sheet and evenly coat with 4 teaspoons of the BBQ rub and toss with 3 teaspoons olive oil. Bake cauliflower until fork tender, about 25 minutes.
  2. Add the roasted cauliflower, quinoa and chickpeas to a food processor and blend for about 1 minute, until everything is broken down. Place veggie burger mixture into a large bowl and add the bread crumbs, ketchup and remaining BBQ rub. Mix until everything is evenly combined.
  3. Form the mixture into patties, you can make them as big or as small as you like. You should get about 6. You can either refrigerate the patties for up to 4 days for a firmer veggie burger or cook immediately.
  4. To cook, heat a large pan over medium heat and coat with olive oil. Cook veggie burgers for about 5 minutes on each side.
NOTES
Veggie burgers can be frozen in an airtight container for up to 3 months.

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