Adapted from: CHICKPEA QUINOA BURGERS by Esther’s Executive Chef Deb Gleason

I have been following Esther the Wonder Pig’s FB for the last few months and recently they began Esther’s Kitchen. It is full of fabulous recipes and kitchen hints and tricks.

I tweeked this recipe a bit to bring down the carbs by replacing brown rice flour with almond flour. Almond flour has 9 g of carbs to 9 grams of protein! I replaced the quinoa with the couscous as the carbs are sligtly less than quinoa but is was more for taste. If you prefer quinoa it won’t make much of a difference if you add it back in. I also added the nutritional yeast flakes whick added 6.4g of protein.

This burger is very satisfiying naked but if you crave some carbs and don’t want a regular carb loaded burger bun try Pita Gourmet High Protein Pita. 1/2 pita has only 5 net grams of protein. 5g fibre and 4 Weight Watchers points.

Other suggestions for adding protein would be avocado slices, cheese or if you prefer non-dairy try nut cheese.


Chickpea Couscous Burgers Recipe

By kimmy Published: July 23, 2014

  • Yield: 7 Servings
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Ready In: 25 mins

Calories: 147 | Fat: 4.4g | Protein: 6.4g | Carbs: 22.8g | Fibre: 5.5g | WW Points: 4



  1. Place chickpeas in a bowl and mash with a potato masher until mostly mashed but with some chunks remaining.
  2. Add in remaining ingredients and stir well (using hands is best).
  3. Form burgers by taking 1/2 cup of the mixture at a time and forming a tight ball in your hands. Flatten so burgers remain fairly thick.
  4. BBQ on low-med heat flipping after a few minutes. Press down with spatula and grill other side. Makes 7 burgers.