Pesto Veggie Burgers with Balsamic Aioli

Side view of a pesto veggie burger on a bun with toppings

We’ve finished veggie burgers and pesto individually, however collectively? Our solely remorse will not be attempting it sooner! Herby, savory chickpea burgers be part of with sliced tomato, arugula, and a creamy, shiny balsamic aioli for a serious dose of YUM!

Simply Half-hour required for this satisfying plant-based fundamental excellent for summer time BBQs or a fast weeknight meal! Allow us to present you the way it’s finished!

Tomato, shallot, olive oil, red pepper flakes, garlic, balsamic vinegar, vegan mayo, buns, breadcrumbs, arugula, and chickpeas

These pesto chickpea patties start with mashing chickpeas till there are only some giant items remaining. Whereas the massive items add texture, the mashed chickpeas are the “glue” that holds the burgers collectively. Pesto and breadcrumbs be part of the occasion and contribute further binding powers!

Adding breadcrumbs to a bowl with mashed chickpeas and pesto

The remaining substances within the burgers embrace sautéed shallot and garlic for sweetness and non-compulsory crimson pepper flakes should you like slightly warmth!

Cooking pesto chickpea veggie burgers in a skillet

After cooking the patties till flippantly browned on each side, we allow them to cool whereas we make a balsamic aioli. It’s the fancy-sounding but severely easy burger topping (simply combine mayo + balsamic vinegar 🤫) that provides an additional stage of WOW! The ultimate toppings (tomato + arugula) add recent, shiny notes that spherical all of it out.

Hamburger bun topped with balsamic aioli, a pesto chickpea burger, tomato slice, and arugula

We will’t wait so that you can attempt these pesto veggie burgers! They’re:

Fast & straightforward
Good for summer time
& SO scrumptious!

Take pleasure in along with your favourite burger sides equivalent to potato chips, fries, candy potatoes, grilled veggies, slaws, or salads.

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Pressing down on the top of a pesto veggie burger

Prep Time 15 minutes

Cook dinner Time 15 minutes

Whole Time 30 minutes

Servings 4 (Burgers)

Course Entree

Delicacies Gluten-Free (non-compulsory), Vegan

Freezer Pleasant 1 month

Does it maintain? 3 Days

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  • 1 ½ – 2 Tbsp avocado oil (DIVIDED // for cooking shallots/burgers)
  • 2 medium shallots, finely minced (2 shallots yield ~1/3 cup or 53 g)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
  • 1/2 tsp crimson pepper flakes (non-compulsory)
  • 1 (15-oz) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup basil pesto (do-it-yourself or store-bought // vegan as wanted — see notes for model suggestions)
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs (do-it-yourself or store-bought // vegan/gluten-free as wanted // we used Ian’s GF Panko)


  • Sliced tomato (~1 giant tomato)
  • Arugula (or different greens of alternative)
  • Hamburger buns (gluten-free/vegan as wanted)
  • BURGERS: Warmth a big skillet over medium warmth. As soon as scorching, add 1 Tbsp oil, shallot, garlic, and crimson pepper flakes (non-compulsory). Sauté, stirring incessantly, till shallot and garlic are gentle and translucent — about 1-2 minutes.

  • Switch garlic and shallot combination to a mixing bowl. Then add drained chickpeas and use a fork or pastry cutter to mash/combine. Slightly texture is okay, however you solely need a couple of giant items of chickpeas remaining.

  • Add the pesto and breadcrumbs and blend till effectively mixed. You need it to type right into a moldable “dough.” Style and alter as wanted, including extra pesto for herby taste, breadcrumbs if too moist, or a pinch of salt for total steadiness.

  • Divide into 4 even patties (quantity as authentic recipe is written // alter if altering batch dimension). To assist type them, line a 1/2 cup measuring cup with plastic wrap and scoop out 1/2 cup quantities. Press to pack, then raise out and barely flatten with arms.

  • Warmth the identical skillet you used earlier to medium warmth. As soon as scorching, add sufficient oil to type a skinny layer on the underside of your skillet, then add solely as many burgers as will match comfortably. Cook dinner for 3-4 minutes on all sides, flipping gently and decreasing warmth if browning too rapidly.

  • Let cool for 2-3 minutes earlier than serving (they’ll agency up a bit throughout this time).

  • BALSAMIC AIOLI: Whereas your burgers cool, mix the mayonnaise and balsamic vinegar in a small bowl.

  • To serve, unfold balsamic aioli on each side of a toasted bun. Layer the underside bun with the burger, sliced tomato, arugula, and high of the bun.

  • Leftover burgers will maintain within the fridge for as much as 3 days, although finest when recent. See notes for freezing.

*Retailer-bought dairy-free pestos we’ve tried and loved: LeGrand Backyard Pesto, Gotham Greens Pesto, and Dealer Joe’s Vegan Kale, Cashew & Basil Pesto.
*These burgers are sturdy and we predict they’d work effectively on a grill, however we haven’t examined it. Tell us within the feedback should you attempt!
*To freeze, brown burgers on both aspect as instructed. Then cool, separate with layers of parchment paper, and seal in a freezer-safe bag or container. Freeze for as much as 2-3 weeks and reheat in a 375-degree F (190 C) oven on a naked or parchment-lined baking sheet for 20-Half-hour, or till warmed by and golden brown.
*Diet data is a tough estimate calculated with entire wheat hamburger buns, the entire aioli, 1 slice tomato and 1/2 cup arugula per burger, and with out non-compulsory substances.

Serving: 1 burger with bun and toppings Energy: 464 Carbohydrates: 46.5 g Protein: 14.9 g Fats: 25.2 g Saturated Fats: 2.3 g Polyunsaturated Fats: 2.6 g Monounsaturated Fats: 7.5 g Trans Fats: 0 g Ldl cholesterol: 0 mg Sodium: 630 mg Potassium: 486 mg Fiber: 9 g Sugar: 6.8 g Vitamin A: 260 IU Vitamin C: 12 mg Calcium: 168 mg Iron: 3 mg