Vegan Apple & Chickpea Burgers with Tahini Sauce



Who doesn’t love a good veggie burger? They are so versatile. You can add them to salads, wrap them in a tortilla or scramble them up with some eggs.  The possibilities are endless.

This veggie burger is made with mashed chickpeas and diced apples. I used cilantro, cumin and cayenne pepper to flavor the burger without adding any calories or fat. The sauce is a mixture of tahini and fresh lemon juice, which complements the burger extremely well!

I took the day off work on Tuesday to relax and focus on my blog.  I was so excited to have a full day of cooking without any distractions! Unfortunately I only got around to making this one recipe…  I couldn’t resist lying on the couch with Lucy and watching Bravo reruns.  But anyways, I love the way this burger turned out and I hope you do too!


April and Lucy







Vegan Apple & Chickpea Burgers with Tahini Sauce

Yields 6 servings // Prep time 25 minutes // Cook time 30 minutes


  • 2 Tbsp ground flaxseed (mixed with 1/4 cup water)
  • 1 can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 small apple, diced (I used a gala apple)
  • 1/3 cup gluten free rolled oats
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/3 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 Tbsp sesame seeds
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1  tsp ground cumin
  • 3/4 tsp salt or to taste (I prefer to use less)
  • Black pepper


  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 2 Tbsp ground flaxseed
  • 1/4 tsp salt, or to taste
  • 1 Tbsp water
  • 2 tsp sesame oil

Serve with pita bread, sliced tomatoes, red onion and lettuce


1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and lightly oil.

2. In a small bowl, combine flaxseed with 1/4 cup warm water and let thicken for about 10 minutes.

3. In a large bowl, mash the chickpeas, leaving a few intact for texture. Stir in the rest of the ingredients and the flaxseed mixture. Adjust the seasonings and salt to taste, I like mine spicy! Mix well until combined.

4. Shape the dough into 6 patties. Pack it tightly to help hold it together.

5. Bake the patties for 10 minutes, gently flipping them, and bake for 20 more minutes until patties are golden brown.

6. While the patties are baking prepare the sauce. Whisk together the lemon juice, tahini, water, sesame oil, flaxseed and salt. Adjust the lemon juice and salt as needed, I enjoy a lot of lemon juice so I added extra.

6. Serve on pita bread with the tahini sauce, red onion, lettuce and sliced tomatoes.



Author: April Murray

Hi, I’m April! Welcome to The Thin Kitchen, a blog that delivers engaging, colorful content aimed at both weight loss and providing healthy recipes and dietitian tips! I’m a Registered Dietitian, food lover and health enthusiast. I grew up in Orange County and currently live in Newport Beach with my miniature Australian Shepard named Lucy. The information and tips that I’ll provide you are a direct reflection of what’s in my kitchen, and of how I live my own life. I hope that my recipes and posts inspire you to continue on a path toward your healthiest, fittest, happiest you. xoxo April (and Lucy)

41 thoughts on “Vegan Apple & Chickpea Burgers with Tahini Sauce

  1. These look tasty and unusual too. Just one question- aren’t all rolled oats gluten free? F x

    • Frencesca, not necessarily! Some rolled oats are produced in factories that also process wheat, rye or barley! Be sure to only used gluten free rolled oats if you have Celiac Disease.

  2. Amazing definitely be trying this one out !! Thank you !!

  3. These. look. FANTASTIC!! I do love a good veggie burger, but I’ve had more than my fair share of icky or ho-hum veggie burgers. These look so flavorful and filling! I’m going out of town for a few days and can’t wait to get back so I can try making these!!

  4. Looks delicious and very creative!!

  5. Ooo I have all of these ingredients, might give these a go this week! Love. X

  6. I’m so trying this! Thank you:)

  7. Wow, chickpeas and apple! Can’t wait to try!

  8. Holy jeebus that looks delicious!

  9. Oh hell yes!

    – Dana of

  10. Hi April, having recently made and posted my Chickpea Burger recipe on my site, I’m really interest in trying yours with the apple. I often just grill mine on my George Forman, do you think that would take away any of the flavour doing that, or best to bake them in the oven? Thanks!

  11. Delicious just my kind of thing, love chickpeas xx

  12. Hi April. You too have an amazing blog. I loved the photographs on your blog. I am thinking a lot of turning into a Vegan. I am glad that you have a lot of vegan recipes, which might just help me decide :)
    Thanks for stopping by my blog, really appreciate!
    Stay connected :)

  13. Looks beautiful and decadent enough that you’d never miss the meat or cheese! Can’t wait to try. xo

  14. intrigued – kind of like a felafel with added pieces and in burger form. Definitely worth a look…

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  16. Your blog looks AH-mazing! Thanks for following me. I look forward to following you as well.

  17. What a combination – will try it out :)

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  19. April and Lucy, these look awesome cannot wait to try them out and let you know how much we love them!

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