Mexican Green Chili Veggie Burgers


Mexican Green Chili Veggie Burgers

Southwest-inspired veggie burgers made with chickpeas, green chilies and crushed tortilla chips!

Serves: 4


  • 2 Shallots, minced
  • 3 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1 15-ounce can Chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1-2 Tbsp Grape Seed or Avocado Oil
  • 1 4-ounce can Mild Green Chilis
  • 1 tsp Cumin
  • 1 tsp Chili Powder
  • 1 Lime, juiced
  • 1 handful of Fresh Cilantro, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup Finely Crushed Yellow Tortilla Chips
  • 2 tsp Coconut or Cane Sugar
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste
  • 4 Toasted Sandwich Buns, of your choice
  • For Serving: (optional) Salsa, green chilies, ripe avocado, red onion, cilantro


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees for a firmer burger. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or you can leave bare..
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium and once skillet is hot, add 1 Tbsp oil, onion and garlic. Sauté, stirring frequently, until soft and translucent – about 1-2 minutes.
  3. In a mixing bowl add the garlic and shallots. Then add drained chickpeas and use a fork or pastry cutter to mash/mix. A little texture is good, but you only want a few whole chickpeas remaining.
  4. Add remaining ingredients and 1-2 Tbsp oil. Stir and or mash to combine. You want the texture to turn into a moldable “dough.” If it’s too dry add oil or lime juice. Always taste and adjust seasonings to your liking.
  5. Divide into 4 even patties. If you need help forming them, line a 1/2 cup measuring cup with plastic wrap and scoop out 1/2 cup amounts (use a 1/4 cup measuring cup for 8 smaller burgers). Press to pack them down, then lift out and slightly flatten with hands.
  6. Use the same skillet and set to medium heat. Once hot, add oil(form thin layer at bottom of skillet). Add only as many burgers that will fit comfortably. Cook 3-4 minutes, flip gently and reducing heat if brown too quickly.
  7. For a more crispy texture place the burgers on a baking sheet for an additional 15-20 minutes at 375 degrees.
  8. Let stand for 2-3 minutes before serving (they’ll firm up as they cool). Before serving, lay down cilantro on bottom half of a toasted bun. Then top with burger, green chilies, salsa, onion, avocado and any of you favorite toppings.
  9. Leftovers are always great but place in fridge and eat within a few days.

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