Baked Chickpea Burger + No-Mayo Coleslaw + Baked Potato Wedges = Super healthy meal + Delighted kids!


McDonald’s makes me cry.

Because I love burgers. And my kids love burgers. But would I help myself to a heart-attack-in-a-bun? No, thank you very much.

So I sigh and I twist my handkerchief. I wonder if I will always be at the mercy of Ronald. Well, he sure looks happy.

But there’s hope as I discover the magic of ‘ Baked Chickpea Burgers’. Loaded with Protein, Fiber , Healthy Carbs and a liberal dose of Vitamins – this alternative to the fried potato burgers is a complete meal, served with healthy sides. In this recipe, I have used a No-Mayo Coleslaw and Baked Potato Wedges.

Its great as a Lunch or a Weekend Dinner.

Packed with the goodness of all shades of green.
And so Zen, i couldv’e sworn I saw the Wholewheat buns meditating.

Let’s go. Attain some Burger Nirvana.

Preparation Time : 40 mins (excluding soaking)
Cooking Time : 20 mins
Makes : 4 Burger Patties


150 gms Chickpeas (Safed Chana) , soaked overnight
2 Spring Onions or 1 Medium Onion
1/2 cup carrots, grated
1/2 cup coriander, finely chopped
1/2 cup crumbled Cottage Cheese or Tofu
1 clove Garlic, minced
1/2 tablespoon Ginger, grated
2 tblspn wholewheat breadcrumbs or rolled oats
1 tbspn Olive Oil
1/2 teaspn Cumin Powder
1/2 teaspn paprika or  red chilli powder or to taste
1 teaspn Lemon Juice
Salt to taste

1.Soak the chickpeas overnight or for at least 6-7 hours. Pressure cook them till tender and cooked.
2.Process the cooked chickpeas in a mixer , a little at a time and add a little olive oil as the mix tends to be dry. Remove when it’s a smooth paste.
3.Add the crumbled Cottage cheese or tofu. Cover and keep aside.

Chickpea paste with crumbled Cottage Cheese

4.  Preheat the Oven to 200ºC and brush the baking sheet with some oil.
5.  Heat some Olive Oil in a pan. When hot, add the garlic and the spring onions and stir-fry till translucent.
6.Add the cumin powder, grated ginger and grated carrot and stir-fry for another couple of minutes.Remove from heat.
7.Add the stir-fried mix to the Chickpea & Cottage Cheese paste, along with the Coriander,breadcrumbs,lemon juice, salt and paprika. Mix well to combine.
8. To make each burger patty, take a palm sized helping and mould into a flat patty. Place the patties in the baking sheet.
9. Bake in the pre-heated oven for around 10 minutes,then flip them over and bake for another 7-10 minutes till nicely brown and golden.
10. Serve with Wholewheat Buns, add a Salad leaf and sliced tomatoes for a power packed Burger experience.
But what’s a Burger without its sidekicks sides , I say. 😉
That’s a recipe my fantasies are made of. Simple, healthy, ready in a blink.
1/2 head of cabbage, chopped
1 Medium Carrot , Chopped finely
3 tbspn low-fat Yoghurt
1/2 tspn Mustard sauce
1/2 tspn Mixed Seeds (optional)
Salt & Pepper, to taste
1. Whip the Yoghurt, Mustard, Salt & pepper into a nice creamy consistency
2. Add the shredded Cabbage & Carrot and mix till nicely coated
3.Sprinkle a seed mix for added nutrition – flax, pumpkin, sesame, sunflower.
That saviour of the French Fry addicts. And a hit with the kids too.
2 Medium Potatoes, washed and scrubbed clean
1/2 tspn Rosemary
1/2 tspn Oregano
1/2 tspn Thyme
1/2 tbspn Olive Oil
Salt & Pepper to taste
1. Pre heat the oven to 200ºC and brush the baking sheet with a little olive oil.
2. Slice the potatoes into wedges , with their skin on
3. In a bowl , mix all the condiments with the oil and coat the wedges with the mixture.

4. Line the wedges in the baking sheet /dish and bake for around 20 minutes.

5. Golden – brown , crisp wedges ready.
Put them all together for  a healthy, wholesome meal.
Have a healthy week ahead. 🙂


  1. Hey Vanu!

    Ma is delighted to see this recipe. She's been reminiscing your baby-ness, and then saying over and over again that she's really proud of what you're doing. She says “Dher sara pyaar”

    Pa wants to ask you whether your eyes are still like a beauty queen…

    And I want to say — Wow.



  2. Vandana….i love this one ! but for me the only burgers are chicken burgers so am going to add some boiled chicken to the coleslaw !!!!

    Way to go,



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