Vegetarian Burgers

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 25 min
  • Prep: 5 min
  • Cook: 20 min
  • Yield: 4 burgers
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1 (14-ounce) can refried beans

1 red onion, finely chopped

1/4 cup chickpea flour

2 tablespoons chana masala, recipe follows

1 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons grapeseed oil

Chana Masala:

2 tablespoons mango powder

2 tablespoons pomegranate powder

2 tablespoons fenugreek leaves (available online or at most Asian markets, or substitute with celery leaves)

2 tablespoons garam masala

1 teaspoon turmeric

1 teaspoon red chile powder

1/2 teaspoon salt


  1. Put the refried beans into a large bowl along with the onion, flour, chana masala, and salt and mix well with your hands. Divide and form the mixture into 4 equal-size patties. Heat a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat and add the oil. Place the patties in the pan and fry until they are golden brown on all sides, about 4 to 5 minutes, turning. Serve the burgers on whole wheat buns with desired toppings.

Chana Masala:

  1. To make the Channa Masala: Blend the mango powder, pomegranate powder, fenugreek leaves, garam masala, turmeric, red chile powder, and salt and store in an air-tight jar for up to 3 months.