Buffalo Chickpea Sliders

Buffalo Chickpea Sliders

Who’s ready for some vegan football food?!

Well, vegan + optional gratuitous amounts of cheese. The best of both worlds, in my opinion.

Buffalo Chickpea Sliders

Last week I posted quinoa burgers, and this week, we’re doing yet another veggie burger. It’s so easy to get on a food kick and want to try out endless variations, and that’s exactly what’s happening here! This time I really wanted vegan burgers… mostly because I end up eating a bunch of the dough straight from the food processor (and I bet you do the same!), so might as well leave out the raw egg, right? Right. And luckily, it’s not at all necessary here – these babies have no trouble holding together with just some flax egg magic.

Buffalo Chickpea Sliders

But like I mentioned, I topped those vegan burgers with some serious cheese. Blue cheese dressing, to be exact. It’s the same lightened-up blue cheese dressing I used on last year’s buffalo brussels potato skins. This stuff is just too good to be allowed! I couldn’t get enough on this burger, clearly.

Buffalo Chickpea Sliders

To me, there’s nothing that says football food quite like that buffalo wing flavah. Minus the wing part, of course. I think I’ve had wings maybe twice in my life and, well, I’m not into the actual wings. Too messy, and too much work for too little actual food! Meat on the bone is just not my thing, I guess. I could never have been a cavewoman! Beans and veggies, on the other hand – now that I can get behind.

Buffalo Chickpea Sliders

Look at that yummy crunchy exterior! Pan-frying is the way to go.

I’ve definitely made veggie burgers with dozens of ingredients before, some of which require sauteing beforehand. Frankly, those are a pain, so we’re keeping things simpler here. And hot sauce makes that easy! It has so much flavor that not much else is really necessary, making these burgers super quick to throw together.

The recipe may look long, but that’s mostly because we’re making both the burgers + blue cheese dressing. The dressing can easily be done ahead of time, or skipped if you’re short on time, vegan, or just plain hate blue cheese, ya know? That would be crazy, but it’s OK, we’re all a little crazy.

The only caveat is that you should cook the rice ahead of time. Have you ever used rice in your veggie burgers before? I highly recommend it – I love the texture! I did a tutorial a while ago on making perfect brown rice – check it out if you struggle with the stuff.

Buffalo Chickpea Sliders

These cute little sliders would be perfect to serve on game day. Prep them ahead of time – you can even cook them in advance and then reheat in the oven before serving. They also make a great healthy meal if you’d like to make larger patties! And as much as I loved them on a bun smothered in dressing, I also enjoyed them crumbled over lettuce with veggies, blue cheese, and some more hot sauce. Mmmm, pretty delicious as salads go.

I’m thinking I’m going to have to make another batch of these for this weekend! I hope you do the same, of course. And if you’re looking for more healthy football yummies, take a look at my healthy Super Bowl foods post. I thought I wasn’t hungry until I just looked at that post – yum.

Buffalo Chickpea Sliders

5.0 from 2 reviews

Buffalo Chickpea Sliders
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Yields: about 6 sliders
For the burgers:
  • 1 Tbsp ground flax seed + 2 Tbsp water
  • 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • 15-oz can cooked chickpeas (1 3/4 cups)
  • 1 cup cooked brown rice
  • 1 large carrot, grated
  • 4 green onions, thinly sliced (both white and green parts)
  • 1/3 cup Frank’s RedHot original hot sauce (I don’t recommend substituting other brands)
  • sprinkle of kosher salt and black pepper
  • olive oil for pan-frying
For the lightened-up blue cheese dressing:
  • ½ cup crumbled or chopped blue cheese
  • 6 oz. (3/4 cup) non-fat Greek yogurt
  • 1 Tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 Tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice (from about ¼ of a lemon)
  • 1 Tbsp white vinegar
  • sprinkle of garlic powder
  • sprinkle of onion powder
  • sprinkle of ground black pepper
To serve:
  • slider buns
  • slices of cheddar cheese
  • lettuce
  • more sliced green onions
  1. Mix ground flax and water together in a small bowl. Set aside for at least 5 minutes while you prepare the rest of the recipe.
  2. Add oats to a food processor or blender and process to a flower. Add chickpeas, rice, grated carrot, green onions, and hot sauce. Pour in flax mixture and add a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Pulse several times until mixture is roughly ground and holds together. (Be careful not to overprocess or your patties won’t hold their shape! I should note that I have tried mashing the chickpeas by hand, but definitely recommend using a food processor or blender if you can. It is tough to get the mixture to stick together enough if mashing by hand.)
  3. Shape into patties. For best results, cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before continuing; the longer you refrigerate the patties, the less fragile they will be.
  4. While the sliders are in the fridge, make the lightened-up blue cheese dressing. Blend all ingredients together (I used my mini food processor) until only small chunks of blue cheese remain. Taste and adjust; I added a bit more vinegar and black pepper.
  5. When ready to cook, heat a non-stick skillet over medium-low heat. Add about 1 Tbsp olive oil. Once hot, gently place the chickpea patties in the skillet and cook until golden-brown on the bottom, 5-ish minutes. Carefully flip and brown on the other side.
  6. Serve sliders on toasted buns with blue cheese dressing, slices of cheddar cheese, lettuce, and sliced green onions. Devour!
  7. Cooked patties can be kept covered in the refrigerator for several days. Reheat in a 350-degree oven for 5-10 minutes.



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  • Aparna B. January 27, 2014, 6:08 am

    These sound so great!! I’ve had the hardest time making chickpea burgers and it’s probably because I don’t use rice. I wonder if quinoa would be an OK alternative? I’m trying to keep my carb-intake low :(

    • Erica January 27, 2014, 7:20 am

      I have actually made these same ones with quinoa. It totally works! I think using a food processor rather than mashing by hand is key to get them to work, too.

  • Julia January 27, 2014, 8:05 am

    Vegan football fooooooooooood! Bring it on! I have yet to make veggie burgers using chickpeas and your buffalo version is kiiiiiilling me!! I want all the blue cheese sauce ever! This is happening Super Bowl Sunday!

  • dishing up the dirt January 27, 2014, 10:07 am

    Girl these sliders look fantastic! I’ve been tinkering around with Chickpea nuggets and haven’t had success with a good vegan version. Trying the flax egg thing! Lovely photos as always.

  • Alex Caspero MA,RD (@delishknowledge) January 27, 2014, 11:32 am

    So true about Superbowl sunday and buffalo flavored everything! It’s the best combination. There sliders look really delicious, either on buns or topped on a salad with blue cheese dressing!

  • Mom January 27, 2014, 11:35 am

    Love it, and I have all the ingredients already! Yay!

  • Jordan Lynn // Life Between Lattes January 27, 2014, 1:19 pm

    Simple and vegan – I am totally on board! I would love to know where you got the slider buns.

    • Erica January 27, 2014, 2:22 pm

      I got them in the bakery section at Whole Foods. Not sure if it’s something they carry everywhere or if it varies by store, though. Perfect slider size, no?

  • Becky @ Olives n Wine January 27, 2014, 5:05 pm

    This is genius, Erica!! Everyone loves buffalo flavor and this is a healthy twist on what could be a not-so-healthy meal. YUMMM!!!

  • Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health January 27, 2014, 10:03 pm

    I’ve been on a major chickpea kick lately and these look incredible! I love the idea of using brown rice. I bet it makes for great texture. Plus, you can’t go wrong with blue cheese and hot sauce. Who needs chicken wings?!

  • Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli February 1, 2014, 4:59 am

    First off, I just want you to know that I spied these beauties on Foodgawker the other day and stopped DEAD in my tracks! I LOVE the flavor of wings, but I’m with you on the whole “too much work, not enough return” thing…which is why I normally go for boneless on the rare occasion that I actually eat them. But THESE? Oh my gosh, amazing! And I love the idea of the rice! I’ve made a few veggie/vegan burgers in the past and I’ll say it can be pretty tricky to get the little buggers to stick together. I’m not a big fan of rice on it’s own, so maybe I should just slap it in some burgs? Yes, yes I should! ;)

  • Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health February 4, 2014, 12:01 pm

    I just had to come back and give these bad boys the rating they deserve. Thanks for the great recipe! :)

    • Erica February 4, 2014, 4:07 pm

      Thank you dear! So glad you enjoyed them.

  • Marcia February 27, 2014, 12:06 pm

    Looks yummy as usual, thank you! My question for you is regarding the blue cheese sauce. Is there a way to veganize it? I’d love to capture the flavor of blue cheese minus the dairy. I’d appreciate any and all suggestions.

  • Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) April 4, 2014, 8:11 am

    These were so delicious, but even after refrigerating for an hour beforehand they totally fell apart. Next time I’ll definitely bake mine. Thanks for the delicious recipe.

    • Erica April 4, 2014, 8:55 am

      Hey Kelli, I’m sorry to hear that! I wonder if pulsing them in the food processor a few more times would do the trick? I know mine fall apart if the mixture is too chunky. Have a great weekend!


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