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Buffal-Oat Chickpea Burgers

Are you looking for a meatless burger recipes? Meatless burgers are all the rage now! And if you don’t trust “lab meat” and need another alternative for a burger, try this Buffal-oat Chickpea burger that you can customize to your liking.  If you’re wondering if you should eat the Impossible Burger, I wrote a post about that.

This burger gets its protein from oats and chickpeas, or you could use any cooked beans, cannellini, black or kidney. The vegetables add flavor but also moisture as the burger cooks.

The flavor profile can change depending on the spices and sauces you add. The recipe is written for a Buffalo burger, but omitting the buffalo sauce and substituting salsa for a Mexican burger or adding mushrooms and smoked paprika for a smoky flavor are great ways to change it up. Or use BBQ sauce instead of the spicy buffalo sauce.

This is your burger, you really can have it your way! I like a little less spice, so I reduce the buffalo sauce and serve it topped with vegan mayo, tomato and microgreens. Yum!

Buffal-oat Chickpea Burgers

Protein rich plant burgers that hit the spot1 Wonderful topped with vegan mayo, tomato and microgreens.
Prep Time45 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: buffalow sauce, chickpea, oats, veggie burger
Servings: 8


  • food processor
  • Cutting board
  • chef knife
  • baking sheet or skillet
  • 1/2 cup measure


  • 4 tsp flax or chia meal plus 5T water
  • 3 T nutritional yeast
  • 4 tsp granulated garlic
  • 2 tsp granulated onion
  • 2/3 cup old fashioned oats
  • 2/3 cup oat flour
  • 2 Tbsp Buffalo sauce or 1 tsp cayenne powder plus 2 Tbsp water
  • 3 Tbsp water
  • 2 Tbsp tamari soy sauce or coconut aminos
  • 1/2 cup chopped carrots
  • 1/4 cup chopped celery
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup chopped cauliflower
  • 2 cans chickpeas


  • In a food processor or with a knife, finely chop the vegetables. The vegetables can be anything you have on hand or need to use up. You just need the combined amount, 2 cups, of vegetables in any combination
  • Combine flax meal and water in a small bowl, stir and set aside to thicken.
  • n a large mixing bowl, combine spices, oats and flour. Stir in the water, buffalo sauce and soy sauce. Mix well.
  • Add the flax mixture and chopped veggies. Stir well.
  • Use the food processor to pulse or a fork to mash the beans in a bowl and add the beans to the oat mixture.
  • Mix well pressing everything together to form a firm dough.
  • Use a half cup measure to scoop and make into patties.

To cook:

  • Place skillet over medium heat, wipe the pan with a little oil if necessary, place burgers into pan and cover, cook for 5 minutes, flip and cook another 5 minutes.
  • Burgers should be light brown on each side, cook longer if needed.
  • To bake a larger amount, place burgers on a parchment-lined pan and bake for 30 minutes, flipping half way through the cooking time. Patties can be frozen for quick and easy dinners


*Flavor profiles:
To change up the burger flavors, omit the buffalo sauce or cayenne and add the followig:
For Mexican burgers, add 3 Tbsp of salsa and 1 tsp of cumin.
For Smokey Mushroom, add 1 cup mushrooms sauteed until dry and add 1 tsp smoked paprika.

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