Makes four small or two large burgers

Chickpea Burgers By John Bishop

Chickpea Burgers By John Bishop

He’s hilarious but you know what he doesn’t find funny? Animal suffering. John Bishop became vegetarian in 1985 after he saw a cow being slaughtered and he’s never looked back. After all, who needs beef for burgers when you can make them from beans?


1 small onion, finely chopped

4 tbsp olive oil

1 clove garlic, peeled and minced

I x 400g can chickpeas, drained 

1 tsp ground cumin

1/2 tsp smoked paprika

A squeeze of lemon juice

1 tbsp tahini

A little plain flour

Salt and pepper 


Gently fry the onions over a medium heat in half the oil until they are soft and translucent. Add the garlic and fry for another minute, stirring.

Mash the chickpeas with a fork or a potato masher, and add them to the onions, along with the cumin and paprika. Cook stirring for another three or four minutes.

Add the lemon juice, and stir in the tahini to bind the mixture. Season to taste.

Form the mixture into four burgers, and coat them in flour, then fry them in the remaining oil for four minutes on each side.

Serve with a green salad.

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