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Murielle Banackissa

Quebec Inspired Smoky Maple Chickpea Burger

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45 mins Prep: 20 mins Cook: 25 mins

Made with chickpeas and brown rice, this epic summer burger features deliciously smoky maple bbq sauce, savory tamari, chili flakes for a nice spicy kick. It is also packed with caramelized onions and fresh veggies: tomato, red onion, and cucumber.


Smoky Maple Patties

  • 1 19oz can chickpeas , rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup cooked and cooled brown rice
  • 2 tbsp maple flavored bbq sauce
  • 2 tbsp minced dried onion
  • 1 tbsp tamari or low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp mustard powder
  • 1/4 tsp chili flakes
  • 1/4 tsp smoked paprika

Caramelized Mushrooms

  • 1 tbsp neutral oil (such as avocado or canola)
  • 1 8oz pack button mushrooms , sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves , minced
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp freshly cracked black pepper
  • 2 tsp maple syrup

Other Ingredients

  • 4 burger buns
  • Yellow mustard
  • Vegan mayo
  • Sliced red onions
  • Sliced tomatoes
  • Sliced cucumber
  • Fresh greens (frisée, arugula, or Boston lettuce)

Prepare the patties

  1. Step 1

    Add chickpeas to a food processor and pulse until a thick paste texture is obtained, with a few small chunks remaining.

  2. Step 2

    Transfer into a large bowl alongside the cooked brown rice, bbq sauce, minced dried onion, tamari or soy sauce, mustard powder, chili flakes, and smoked paprika. Mix using a silicone spatula until well incorporated.

  3. Step 3

    Line a plate with parchment paper and set aside.

  4. Step 4

    Use a measuring cup to measure out 1/2 cup of the burger patty mixture. Form into a patty using your hands and transfer onto the parchment lined plate.

  5. Step 5

    Repeat to form 4 patties in total.

  6. Step 6

    Place in the refrigerator to set for 30 minutes.

Make the Mushrooms

  1. Step 1

    Heat a large pan on medium-high heat along with oil.

  2. Step 2

    Drop in the mushrooms and cook until brown in color.

  3. Step 3

    Decrease the heat to medium and drop in minced garlic, thyme, sea salt, and pepper. Cook for 1 minute.

  4. Step 4

    Pour in the maple syrup and cook until caramelized. Remove from the heat immediately.


  1. Step 1

    Remove the burger patties from the fridge and heat a large non-stick pan over medium heat. Melt vegan butter and spread it uniformly into your pan.

  2. Step 2

    Gently place the patties into your pan—you might only be able to fit 2 or 3 of them as you want to give yourself enough room to flip them. Cook for 5 minutes or until brown in color.

  3. Step 3

    Flip and cook for another 3-5 minutes. Set aside and repeat the process with the rest of the patties.

  4. Step 4

    Heat up your burger breads by putting them in the oven at 400ºF for 1-2 minutes or by spreading a bit of butter onto the inside of each half and grilling them on a pan until golden.

  5. Step 5

    Assemble each burger by spreading some vegan mayo and mustard onto the burger bread halves.

  6. Step 6

    Add a smoky maple patty and garnish with sliced red onions, tomato slices, sliced cucumber, and fresh greens.

  7. Step 7

    Enjoy alongside roasted potatoes.

Common Questions & Swaps

  • Can I use other beans instead of chickpeas? A good replacement for this recipe would be white beans.
  • Feel free to use gluten-free buns.
  • Replace the button mushrooms with oyster mushrooms or shiitakes. 
Quebec Inspired Smoky Maple Vegan Burger with potatoes
Quebec Inspired Smoky Maple Vegan Burger with caramelized mushrooms and potatoes

Recipe created in the context of an Instagram partnership with Giant Tiger.


Something that I love about the summer season is the abundance of fresh, seasonal, and local fruits and vegetables!

These few warm months are a godsend, especially since eastern Canada is well known for (almost) eternal winters.

With this burger, I wanted to celebrate the flavors of Quebec, the province in which I’ve lived for the past 21 years of my life.

Quebec Inspired Smoky Maple Vegan Burger

The patty itself is the true star of this burger: earthy and filling, it is made with nourishing chickpeas and brown rice. It is also flavored with sweet maple bbq sauce, smoked paprika, spicy chili flakes, savory tamari, and minced dried onion. The flavors of the patty are then enhanced by the caramelized mushrooms and the added fresh veggies.

You can enjoy it on its own or with a side of roasted potatoes.

Tip: I love to coat my potato wedges in Montreal’s classic steak seasoning (plant based of course!) and some oil before baking at 400ºF until golden and crispy to perfection.

If you do give this Quebec Inspired Smoky Maple Vegan Burger a try (whether it be during the holidays or not!) and share about it on Instagram, make sure to tag me (@muriellebanackissa).

Have a wonderful week my friends!