BBQ chickpea burger with chipotle-bourbon bbq sauce

BBQ chickpea burger with chipotle-bourbon bbq sauce

Have you ever met a BBQ sauce that you didn’t like?  As a kid when we would go to McDonald’s or Burger King I would also dunk my chicken nuggets & fries into the mini plastic containers of bbq sauce instead of the normal ketchup. There is something about the smokiness combined with a hint of sweet that makes my mouth water at any backyard grill-out. I don’t find myself missing meat so much as I miss the flavors that go with it. And it’s about to be summer and I am not about to compromise my meat free living for the warmer months and I doubt you are either. So fire up them grills ’cause these smokey burgers are going to be bringing your carnivorous friends to their knees. They are easy to toss together in the food processor, have a great smokey taste and work great on the grill. ChickpeaPattyBBQpest

Smokey patty + smokey bbq sauce=everything right in the world. ChickpeaPattyBBQsingle


BBQ chickpea patties (vegan)

  • Servings: 9-10 burgers
  • Time: 45 min
  • Difficulty: medium
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BBQ Patties:

1/2 c. oats (gluten-free optional)
1 large carrot, chopped
1 tbsp. flax seed
1 tbsp. psyllium husk (or sub 1 tbsp. flax seed)
1/2 c. sunflower seeds
1/4 c. chopped onion
1 1/2 c. garbanzo beans, cooked (or from can)
1/4 c. oat flour
1 clove garlic
1/4 c. chopped parsley
3 tbsp. olive oil
1 tbsp. water
1 tbsp. liquid smoke
1 tbsp. worcestershire sauce
1 tbsp. coconut or Bragg’s aminos (optional)
1 tbsp. ground chili powder
Salt and pepper to taste

BBQ Sauce:

1 can tomato sauce
1/4 c. canned chipotle pepper
1 can tomato paste
1/4 c. honey or maple syrup
3 T balsamic vinegar
2 T molasses
1 T worcestershire sauce (check ingredients to make sure it is vegan)*
1 T coconut aminos (or Braggs aminos)
1 T bourbon
1/2 T garlic powder
1/2 T onion powder
1/2 T paprika
1/2 T chili powder
1 tsp. liquid smoke
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper

BBQ sauce:

Combine all ingredients together in a food processor or blender.

BBQ Patties:

In a food processor pulse the oats through the onion until finely chopped. Add the garbanzo beans and process for another 30 seconds to 1 minute. Add in the remaining ingredients and blend together until finely chopped and you are able to make a patty with the mixture.
Scoop out some of the mixture and form into a patty between your hands. Place patties on a sheet of parchment paper and place in freezer for 15 minutes.
Pre-heat grill. Remove patties from the freezer and rub with a little bit of olive oil on either side and place on grill for 5-6 minutes, flip and grill on the other side for another 5 minutes. You will know they are done when they have those beautiful grill marks.
Notes: If you don’t have a grill you can sauté these up in a pan, too.
Put them on a bun with some avocado, tomato and lettuce and top with some bbq sauce and you are good to go!

*Some worcestershire sauce contains animal products, such as anchovies and may also contain gluten. Be sure to read the labels!


  1. This looks delicious. I’m bookmarking it, I have never made vegan bbq sauce. Super useful. Thanks for posting! I’m definitely following you now.

    1. Author

      Thanks so much, Romina! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did 🙂 Happy BBQ season!

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