Protein Packed Tempeh Chickpea Burgers

Colorful veggie burger filled tempeh chickpea burger pattie, melted cheese, tomato, lettuce, onion, ketchup, mustard and mayonnaise

There is nothing quite like a classic burger, cooked to perfection and loaded with condiments on a soft, fresh bun. But just because you like burgers, doesn’t mean you have to be unhealthy. Vegan burgers are one of our favorite healthy recipes, and this one has the added bonus of around 30 grams of protein from the tempeh and chickpea patties!

Aim for flavor!

Mixing bowl filled with tempeh, chickpeas, onion, nutritional yeast, walnuts, flax egg and mustard

It seems like there’s no end to the creativity you can apply here. There are dozens of variations available in addition to just converting to a vegan burger recipe. The key is all in the flavor of the patty. We like adding tempeh to the burger for its nutty taste, which gets even better when you add chickpeas! Also, you can add that “umami” touch with a little sun-dried tomatoes, walnuts, and nutritional yeast.

And of course, fresh garlic and onion never go astray!

It’s all about texture!

The other secret to a great vegan burger recipe is the texture. When you bite into these patties, the smooth texture of the chickpeas works with the chunky tempeh to create a super-satisfying burger. The wholesome, nutty flavor makes our mouths water. These never last long at our barbecues – we hope you love them too!

Mixing bowl filled with tempeh chickpea burger ingredients being mixed by hand

Get cooking!

We’re sure you’ve noticed that every burger benefits from a bit of caramelization, and vegan recipes are no different. Make sure you get a lovely golden brown color on the patties. For bonus points, you can also brown the bun!

Once your tempeh chickpea burgers are off the grill, this is where the fun starts – especially for your guests. Make sure you provide plenty of condiments for them to load up on. Some of our favorites are tomato slices, lettuce, pickles, ketchup, mustard and of course – some homemade vegan mayonnaise!

That’s it – a quick and healthy burger recipe for your next barbecue. If you make it, please let us know how it turned out with a comment and a rating. Every bit of feedback helps make The Plant Riot even better.

Now, how about some other goodies for that BBQ? We suggest our Creamy Potato Salad with Vegan Mayo. Or if you’re in charge of the dips, how about some Salsa and Guacamole?

Three colorful veggie burger filled tempeh chickpea burger pattie, melted cheese, tomato, lettuce, onion, ketchup, mustard and mayonnaise

Protein Packed Tempeh Chickpea Burgers | Vegan

Colorful veggie burger filled tempeh chickpea burger pattie, melted cheese, tomato, lettuce, onion, ketchup, mustard and mayonnaise

A delicious and protein-packed vegan burger recipe. The smooth plus chunky combination of tempeh and chickpea patties will satisfy your burger craving itch!

  • Author: Rachel Steenland | The Plant Riot
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6 burgers 1x



Tempeh chickpea burger patties


Build your burgers

  • 6 lettuce leaves
  • 6 bread rolls split in half
  • 1 tomato, sliced
  • 1/2 large red onion, sliced
  • Condiments: tomato sauce, yellow mustard and/or vegan mayonnaise


To serve (optional)

  • Serve with a side of potato chips, homemade oven fries, potato salad or green salad.


  1. Prepare flax eggs by mixing together finely ground flax seeds with 6 tablespoons of water. Allow to thicken for five minutes.
  2. Add flax eggs and remaining burger ingredients (besides cooking oil spray and vegan cheese slices) to a large mixing bowl. Mix well using a spoon or your hands (our preferred method!) to combine.
  3. Using wet hands, form the tempeh chickpea mixture into six burger patties.
  4. Spray skillet with cooking oil and cook burgers over medium-low heat for 7 minutes, flip burger patties and top with slices of vegan cheese.
  5. Cover skillet with a lid (to melt the cheese) and cook for a further 7 minutes. Transfer burger patties to a plate and keep warm.
  6. Add the bread rolls to the skillet over medium heat, and brown for about 1-2 minutes per side.
  7. Top toasted burger buns with salad, burger patties and condiments of choice.


  • Nutritional information is to be used as a guide only as calories and nutrition vary between products and brands worldwide. Calories calculated include bread roll, burger patty, cheese, salad and condiments.

Keywords: tempeh chickpea burgers, tempeh burgers, chickpea burgers, vegan recipes, The Plant Riot

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