There’s nothing nicer than a BBQ when the sun’s shining. But you don’t always have to go for a greasy, heavy burger.

There is a lighter, vegetarian option which also tastes delicious. And it’s just what you need to keep your body feeling healthy and your taste buds happy.


Yes. Seriously. Did we mention it tastes good, too.

Chickpeas are full of fibre and great for your digestive system. They’re also a friendly source of protein, with each cup containing 15 grams.

As 2016 is the International Year of Pulses, there’s no better time to sample the benefits of vegetarian ingredients.

These burgers can be made ahead and chilled or frozen. Making double also pays off to save time on busy weekdays.

You could try substituting the chickpeas for butterbeans or blackbeans, and experimenting with different spices. A chilli, paprika or some grated lemon zest could all make very flavoursome burgers.


800g grated carrot

1 red onion

410g can of chickpeas

1 tbsp coriander

1 tbsp cumin

3 tbsp fresh coriander

2 cloves garlic

3 tbsp sesame seeds

1 egg

2 tbsp wholemeal flour (or use breadcrumbs)

3 tbsp olive oil

Salt and pepper


  1. Put a third of the grated carrot into the food processor with the chickpeas, onion, garlic, eggs, spices and fresh coriander. Whizz to a paste. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat 1 tbsp of oil, and cook the remaining carrot for around 10 minutes until soft. Tip the cooked carrot into the paste with the sesame seeds and breadcrumbs.
  3. Mix everything together well with your hands.
  4. With wet hands, divide the mixture into 8 burger shapes. Cover and place in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  5. Brush the remaining oil over the burgers. Heat a non-stick frying pan. Gently fry the burgers for about 5 minutes on each side, or until golden and crisp.
  6. Serve with toasted burger buns, a dollop of Greek yoghurt, and top with spinach.


The Author

Kath Webb

Kath is a contributing writer for PayasUgym. Football, running, weight training, yoga and walking are her forte, along with cooking tasty, nutritious food - with a regular batch of cake chucked in.


Roger B.
7 July 2016

Roger B.

that does look good and might even convert a committed carnivore such as me. And nice easy ingredients too, no strange stuff that I can't get locally.

Sasha B.
7 July 2016

Sasha B.

Lovely! Perfect nosh for hot weather for us vegetarians. I would also recommend adding some grated lemon zest to these burgers for an extra zing.

Emma C.
6 July 2016

Emma C.

Tanya, I tend to just add some dried chillies to most recipes I do, whether they ask for it or not. So stick a chilli in anyway!

Tanya M.
6 July 2016

Tanya M.

I love veggie burgers but this is missing the chilli kick I usually go for. Despite that carrot and coriander is always a good combo so I'll probably give them a go - thanks!

Richard H.
5 July 2016

Richard H.

Sorry but a bbq is all about the meat

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