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Chana Masala Burger

I took chickpeas, garam masala, and other classics from chana masala, and made it into a delicious burger!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Servings: 6 burgers
Cost: $10


  • Cast iron skillet


  • 15 oz chickpeas rinsed
  • 1 onion small
  • 2 jalapeños
  • 1 tbsp cumin seed
  • 1 tbsp mustard seed
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup spinach finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp garam masala
  • 1 tbsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tbsp ginger powder
  • 1 tbsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tbsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tbsp unrefined salt
  • 3/4 cup brown rice flour
  • 1 lemon Meyer if available


  • 6 whole wheat burger buns
  • handful spinach
  • 1 tomato
  • handful slivered onions
  • 1/2 cucumber thick slices
  • Vegenaise dressed how you like it


  • Heat cast iron skillet over medium heat. Add olive oil, mustard seed, and cumin seed. When mustard seed starts to pop, add onions and jalapeños. Cook for about 4 minutes, until onion begins to turn translucent.
  • Add chickpeas to a large bowl and mash with a fork. Leave about half of the chickpeas intact.
  • Add onion sauté, spinach, and seasonings to the chickpeas, and mix to combine.
  • Add brown rice flour and mix by hand. Mixture should be a bit dry.
    Squeeze half of lemon and mix by hand. If patties are not forming and holding together easily, add the other half of lemon juice.
  • Form four to six 1/3" patties. These will be about 1/2-3/4" tall, and as wide as your burger bun.
  • Heat cast iron over medium heat, and heat oven to 400ºF.
    Cook burgers on each side in cast iron until golden brown on outside, about 4 minutes on each side.
    Place entire skillet with burgers in oven, cooking the burgers for 4 minutes on each side.
  • Toast burger buns, add toppings of your choice, and enjoy!