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Sweetcorn and chickpea burgers with smoky tomato sauce recipe

Sweetcorn and chickpea burgers with smoky tomato sauce recipe

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These veggie burgers are totally delicious, and you won't even notice that they are meat-free. Spiced chickpea patties combined with the sweetness of corn all finished off with a smoky tomato sauce. See method

  • Serves 6
  • 15 mins to prepare and 15 mins to cook
  • 314 calories / serving
  • Healthy
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian


For the patties

  • 1 x 400g tinned chickpeas, drained
  • 1 x 340g tin sweetcorn, drained
  • 50g (2oz) fresh wholemeal breadcrumbs
  • bunch spring onions, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp mild chilli powder
  • 3 tbsp plain flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 6 burger buns, lightly toasted
  • 70g bag wild rocket

For the sauce

  • 1 x 400g tinned chopped tomatoes
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika
  • pinch sugar
If you don't have chickpeas, you can use any tinned bean in water

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    8g 12%
  • Saturates

    1g 7%
  • Sugars

    8g 9%
  • Salt

    1.5g 25%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 52.3g Protein 11.2g Fibre 5.8g


  1. In a food processor, briefly whizz the chickpeas with the sweetcorn, breadcrumbs, spring onions, cumin, chilli, flour and seasoning, until the mixture comes together. With lightly dusted hands, shape into 6 patties; chill.
  2. Meanwhile, make the tomato sauce. In a small pan, bring the tomatoes, garlic, paprika and sugar to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes, or until thickened; season to taste.
  3. Heat the oil in a frying pan and cook the burgers, in batches, over a medium-high heat for 4-5 minutes on each side (keep warm in the oven, if necessary).
  4. Alternatively, to cook the burgers on the barbecue, lightly brush with oil, place onto the barbecue grill (medium/high heat) and cook for 3-4 minutes, turning at regular intervals to make sure they don’t brown too much.
  5. To assemble, top the toasted bun bases with a burger, a spoonful of tomato sauce and some rocket. Top with the bun lids.

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