Homemade Ground Chicken-Chickpea Burgers


This burger lends itself to lots of options and variety, all of which are delicious! Even my beef-loving husband loved it and ate every last bite. The best part is the complex texture, moistness, and unique (though not weird...) taste. We enjoyed them with some zucchini fries (fresh from our new backyard veggie garden). Optional: toast buns with a slice of your preferred cheese. Feel free to dress your burger to your liking; I chose Swiss cheese, ketchup, tomatoes, and spinach (my husband opted for American cheese, ketchup, and mustard). Make sure to test patties for doneness prior to consuming!

Prep Time:
35 mins
Cook Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 10 mins
6 burgers


  • 1 ½ cups water

  • ½ cup dry quinoa

  • 1 (15.5 ounce) can chickpeas

  • 8 ounces ground chicken

  • ½ cup egg whites

  • ½ cup minced beets

  • ½ cup oat bran

  • ¼ cup minced onion

  • 3 prunes, minced

  • 1 tablespoon minced poblano pepper

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon ground chile pepper

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper


  1. Bring water and quinoa to a boil in a saucepan. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until quinoa is tender, 15 to 20 minutes.

  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  3. Mash chickpeas roughly in a bowl. Add cooked quinoa, chicken, egg whites, beets, oat bran, onion, prunes, poblano pepper, salt, chile powder, cumin, and black pepper. Mix well. Form into 6 equal-size patties. Wrap in aluminum foil.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven until no longer pink in the center and any juices run clear, about 20 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 165 degrees F (74 degrees C).

Cook's Notes:

1/2 cup egg white comes from roughly 2 eggs.

All seasonings may be increased or decreased to taste.

You may also pan fry the burgers.

This recipe is also easily converted into a meatloaf by putting the mixture in a loaf pan and cooking in the oven for about 30 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

229 Calories
3g Fat
36g Carbs
18g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 229
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 3g 4%
Saturated Fat 0g 2%
Cholesterol 22mg 7%
Sodium 694mg 30%
Total Carbohydrate 36g 13%
Dietary Fiber 6g 22%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 18g
Vitamin C 6mg 28%
Calcium 53mg 4%
Iron 3mg 17%
Potassium 454mg 10%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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