Recipe for Black Eyed Peas Patties - Vegetarian Burgers

Ever since I tried making burgers with the leftover dried Kaala Chana (brown chick peas) a few weeks ago, I'm encouraged by the variety of burgers we can enjoy as vegetarians - veggie burgers, lentil burgers, soy burgers and so on

The Kaala Chana burgers tasted excellent, stuffed between two slices of whole grain bread and grilled on my newly acquired grill pan. This recipe using black eyed peas (also known as Lobia or Karamani), looked similar but tasted totally different. The process is simple. Soak the beans, pressure cook/ cook, drain, mash. Then add any spices and flavours you fancy, shape them into good sized burgers, bake, shallow fry or grill them and you are good to go.

There are many ways to use them too-
  • Make a simple salad with onions, tomato, carrots. Scoop it on a slice of bread, place the burger, drizzle your favourite sauces, cover with another slice and dinner is ready.
  • You can even deep fry smaller sized balls to make yummy finger food a la falafel served with a dip or mayo
  • You can do a bean salad with these, by cutting the burgers into strips and tossing them with chopped peppers, onions, tomato and a light dressing of lemon juice, salt and pepper.

Black eyed peas burgersPrep time: Soaking time for beans - 6 hrs or overnight
Cooking time: 1 hr
Makes 10-12 medium sized burger patties

Equipment Required
Stove top grill pan  or a Shallow fry pan

1.5 cups of black eyed peas (lobia)- soaked overnight or 6 hours
3-4 tbsp of coriander leaves - chopped
1 tsp red chilli powder or use paprika (as per your taste)
1.5 tsp of salt
1 tsp of cumin powder
5 cloves garlic finely chopped or grated
1-2 tbsp of roasted sesame seeds
oil to brush on the burgers

for assembly
slices of whole wheat bread / burger buns
a cup of onion slices pickled in vinegar and salt
a cup of sliced tomatoes
a cup of grated carrots / cabbage
coriander chutney (optional)
sauces of your choice -such as Nando's Extra Extra Hot Peri Peri sauce 


  1. Pressure cook the soaked peas in 4 cups of water for 2 whistles. Keep at sim for 5 min. Switch off cooker. Cool and drain well. {OR}
  2. Cook them in boiling water for 35-40 minutes until soft but not fully mashed.
  3. Preheat the oven at 200 degrees Celsius or you can use a pan to shallow fry or a grill pan.
  4. Place the drained black eyed peas with the other ingredients for the burgers except oil in a bowl. Mash gently with a fork mixing all ingredients well. Taste for salt and spice.
  5. Shape into burgers 2" in diameter. Place on a greased baking sheet. Brush the tops with oil and bake for 15 minutes. You could grill them on a stove top pan or a grill, as per your convenience.
  6. Slice a burger bun in half. Place lettuce and / or salad on one half, place the burger on top. Top with cheese or mayo as desired. Serve.

Health Quotient
These beans are high in fibre and protein, making it a healthy filling meal. You can omit the bread and eat the patties alone along with a salad for a low carb vegetarian meal. Since they are baked, you can prepare them using minimal oil.

Make-ahead tip
The burgers can be shaped and frozen on a baking tray. Once frozen, remove and store in ziploc bag in freezer, bake or shallow fry when required. Add 3-4 minutes to baking time, no need to thaw before baking or frying. 

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