20-Minute Cajun Pistachio Chickpea Burgers w/ Bayou Aioli

20-Minute Cajun Pistachio Chickpea Burgers w/ Bayou Aioli

Difficulty: 1/5 (5 being hardest)
Spice Level: 2/3 (3 being spiciest)

Prep & Cook Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4

The Challenge: Cajun Chickpea Burgers

Veganizing food doesn't have to take long. Making awesome vegan food doesn't have to take long. Sometimes you don't have much time but want a delicious plant-based meal. I feel ya. I too can't cook for hours on end! Work, exercise, friends, family, hobbies...we're busy people.

So, I wanted to make an amazing 20-minute veggie burger based off of my love for cajun flavors. The base of this burger is a combination of chickpeas + pistachios. I cannot say enough about how much I love using pistachios in vegan burgers. They add a salty, nutty flavor that is a break from the bland black bean burgers

From there, we added a delicious "bayou aioli" - I'm calling it. It is a terrific blend of ingredients that create the perfect base for this burger. We finish it off with arugula, avocado, and fresh corn. I used very healthy Ezekiel bread as well...cuz why not.

Let's get into it.


Chickpea Burgers

  • 1 tbl olive oil
  • medium shallot, diced
  • 1/2 poblano pepper, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, diced
  • 14 oz. canned chickpeas, drained
  • 1 tbl organic peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/3 cup pistachios
  • handful of fresh cilantro, diced
  • 2 tsp creole seasoning
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 lime, juiced
  • 1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce
  • pinch of pepper

Bayou Aioli

  • 1/2 cup vegan mayo
  • 1 tsp Louisiana hot sauce
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbl dijon mustard
  • 1 tbl lemon juice
  • Spices: pinch of garlic powder, creole seasoning (large pinch), celery seeds, paprika

Equipment You'll Need:

Cutting Board . Sharp Cutting Knife . Measuring Cups . Measuring Spoons . Mixing Bowls . Food Processor . Frying Pan


Before You Cook:

  • Wash and cut all fresh ingredients
 1. To start, add olive oil to a pan and heat oil for 60 seconds over medium heat and then add shallots, garlic, and poblano. Cook for 4-5 minutes.

1. To start, add olive oil to a pan and heat oil for 60 seconds over medium heat and then add shallots, garlic, and poblano. Cook for 4-5 minutes.

 2. Add the rest of the ingredients including the cooked onions/peppers/garlic to a food processor. Pulse until well blended.

2. Add the rest of the ingredients including the cooked onions/peppers/garlic to a food processor. Pulse until well blended.

 3. Take the mixture and form into four patties. Add 1 tbl of butter to the pan you used to cook the onions. Melt over medium heat and add patties.

3. Take the mixture and form into four patties. Add 1 tbl of butter to the pan you used to cook the onions. Melt over medium heat and add patties.

 4. Cook the patties on medium heat on each side for 4 minutes until browned.

4. Cook the patties on medium heat on each side for 4 minutes until browned.

 5. While the burger is cooking, mix together all the ingredients for the bayou aioli. Yum!

5. While the burger is cooking, mix together all the ingredients for the bayou aioli. Yum!

 6. To construct your burger, stack the burger ... bun/bread, aioli, burger, avocado, arugula, corn, bun/bread.

6. To construct your burger, stack the burger ... bun/bread, aioli, burger, avocado, arugula, corn, bun/bread.

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