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Tomato Chickpea Burgers

Simple, Quick, Easy, and Tasty, Tomato and Chickpea Burgers are perfect for these hectic back-to-school nights!

I’ve partnered with Red Gold Tomatoes to bring you these juicy, vegetarian, tomato and chickpea burgers. As always, all opinions and recipe are my very own. Thank you so much for supporting the brands that keep this Srilankan Runnin!

Tomato Chickpea Burgers @RunninSrilankan

If you’ve ever worked with Photoshop, there’s no denying its crazy editing powers…
Hair can be added to bald spots; a green lawn can appear without brown spots; necks can be lengthened; streets can be widened; I mean, there’s really no end to what a few clicks can do!

Sometimes, a few clicks can result in something controversial: as in those highly edited print advertisements…

And, sometimes, a few clicks can result in something just mind-blowing…

Tomato Chickpea Vegetarian Burgers

Recently, I was perusing the interwebs, when I came across “foodscapes” by Carl Warner.

Mr. Warner has been around perfecting his art of photography and photo manipulation, for the past 15 years, but I just found out about him and his amazing talent of using vegetables and fruits to create mind-blowing landscapes, or, rather – “foodscapes”!

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I then proceeded to spend way, way too much time feasting my eyes on his Onion Taj Mahal, his Celery Forest, and his Salmon Sea.

To be honest, I’ve never been much a salami fan – but, I gotta say, salami never looked so good as in his Salami Mountain or Salami Tuscany.

In one article, Mr. Warner was quoted as saying: “It’s really quite fun… just creating something from nothing. I like the idea that I can grab a bag of groceries in the morning, and in the afternoon I’m retouching a photograph of a beautiful broccoli forest. That really inspires me, because it makes you think you can do so much with so little.

Red Gold Tomato Chickpea Burgers

And, doing “so much with so little“, is all what these burgers are about!

These are simple vegetarian burgers, made with Red Gold Petite Diced Tomatoes and Green Chilies Red Gold Tomato Paste, and chickpeas.

An egg, a little seasoning, and these burgers were ready in less than 30 minutes!

Simple, easy, and quick!

My daughter and I eat these with a side of Spicy Pineapple and Mango Sauce. Since we managed to polish off all these burgers last night, I am just sitting here wishing I could use Photoshop to clone or “rubber stamp” a copy of these burgers for lunch today!

Tomato Chickpea Vegetarian Burgers

Tomato Chickpea Burgers

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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 6 -8
Author: Shashi
Simple, Quick, Easy, and Tasty, Tomato and Chickpea Burgers are perfect for these hectic back-to-school nights!


  • 1 10 oz . can Red Gold Petite Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies
  • 1 15.5 oz . can of chickpeas
  • 1 clove garlic chopped
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon Red Gold tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 3-4 tablespoons olive oil


  • Add the olive oil to a pan and let it heat up over a medium flame
  • Meanwhile, add the chickpeas and the Red Gold Petite Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies to a blender and pulse till chickpeas are broken down
  • Scrape this into a bowl and add the chopped garlic, egg, Red Gold tomato paste, paprika, and cumin – and mix well.
  • Form into circles and let cook/fry/brown in the pan with the olive oil for 3- 4 minutes (or till golden) on each side.
  • Enjoy with Spicy Pineapple and Mango Sauce!


Serving: 1g | Calories: 176kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 23mg | Sodium: 56mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 4g
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  1. […] can serve this dish along with some plant-based burgers or chicken or meat burgers. Or, this dish can be served with a variety of other curry sides for a […]

  2. Your recipes and creativity are always the best, Shashi–totally saving this and sharing it this week! Have a lovely rest of the week!

  3. Chickpeas are my favorite grain on earth and I can have it for all three meals! Tomato and chickpea combo sounds very delicious, Shashi! loving it! pinning it too 🙂

  4. nagimaehashi says:

    So much with so little is bang on. Chickpea burgers never looked so sexy! 🙂 PINNING!

  5. You sure eat well at your house, Shashi! Your daughter is one lucky girl! I just love the mango sauce you’ve put with these … what a stellar flavour combo!!
    Oh, and Warner’s pictures are just incredible … I’ve seen them! 🙂

    • Shashi says:

      Helen, Warner’s pictures just blew my mind! Simply amazing!
      I do try to get my gal to eat somewhat healthy most of the time – life’s about balance right? If we want dessert, then veggie burgers are a must 😉

  6. cottercrunch says:

    i need to go check out foodscapes! and of course i love your recipe. They look so filling yet light… does that make sense? haha

  7. ashley says:

    Saw these on Facebook and already know I’m gonna love them!!

  8. This looks really tasty Shashi, chickpeas are my favorite 🙂

  9. Those foodscapes are incredible. Thank you so much for sharing that with us Shashi, you’ve made me discover something truly amazing and inspirational (the Wheat Thins stadium is unbelievable).
    And also thank you for sharing these awesmazing chickpea burger. So creative and they look so delish!

    • Shashi says:

      Thanks Mike! Duuude – you are freaking awesmazing – you’ve on vacation and checking blog posts and commenting!!! Thanks so much! Enjoy your time with your couz over the pond!

  10. kitchenriffs says:

    Yeah, wouldn’t it be great to use Photoshop to clone food? Fun idea! And fun burgers — these look mighty tasty. And I happen to have plenty of chickpeas on hand! Thanks.

  11. First of I have to check out this fantastic website and foodscapes 🙂 But secondly can we talk about how incredible these burgers look! Amazing! So creative! What a great vegan meal!

  12. I so love your innovative recipes, Shashi! These burgers are everything; stunning, adorable, delicious, flavorful! I would have never thought to making tomato burgers, this is a pure genius idea! This is a show stopper, girl! Cheers! 🙂

  13. Chickpeas and tomatoes in a pattie? I love this idea and it’s so healthy, even when you doctor it up with all your favorites.

  14. The Gastronomic Bong says:

    I love chickpeas.. these burgers look so delicious and flavourful.. Definitely making them! 😀

  15. I could never get photoshop to actually do all those weird things! Great looking burgers Shashi 🙂

  16. I’ve seen those foodscapes before, and I totally agree — absolutely amazing. I would have never thought to make art from, but it’s amazing what kind of creativity people can come up with. Which is how I feel about a lot of your recipes! I’ve never made my own veggie burgers before, but I seriously need to give it a try one of these days because they seem so simple and delicious!

    • Shashi says:

      Aww-you are a sweetheart – thanks so much, Amanda! Homemade veggie burgers are so darn good – a definite must try no matter whose recipe you use! BTW, I made your chocolate mug cake today, I didn’t have coconut flour so I used 1 tbsp tapioca flour and 1 tbsp oat flour and lady – they turned out so good! I planned on taking a picture and tagging you – but geewhiz – my daughter and I took a taste and couldn’t stop! Thanks so much for that recipe!

  17. hotlyspiced says:

    I do love the look of these. They do look like salmon patties and it’s great to see they’re made instead with chickpeas and tomatoes. They are a very pretty colour and would make a wonderful lunch or light dinner xx

    • Shashi says:

      Thanks so much Charlie! You know what – I never really paid attention to their color – but, now that you mention it – they are a funky shade of salmony-orange indeed!
      Hope you are having a wonderful week! xx

  18. I love homemade veggie burgers and these look and sound fab! Chickpeas are so versatile! Love your side sauce, too!

    • Shashi says:

      Thanks so much Patricia! You are right – chickpeas are so versatile indeed – to think I only ever ate them straight out of the can during my college years! 🙂

  19. Felicia@Ingredient1 says:

    Love this simple and delicious vegetarian recipe. Do you have any reccs for an egg substitute in order to keep it vegan as well?

    • Shashi says:

      Thanks so much Felicia!
      Well, I know some other bloggers use a “flax egg” which is 1 tablespoon of ground flax seed mixed with 3 tablespoons of water….I haven’t tried using flax eggs in burgers, so I am not sure how the end result would be…I am so sorry, but other subs totally evade me right now…

  20. fehrashley says:

    I will have to check out those Foodscapes — they sound so interesting! Love how simple and flavorful these burgers are!

  21. Mira says:

    I’ve never made chickpea patties, but I know I can trust your recipes Shashi, so I must make these very soon! Such a great, light and easy to make meal! Love cooking with simple ingredients!

  22. Haha, that takes made skill! Editing though is the worse find it so tedious, I would never be able to sit there doing that!
    I’ll just cook the food, like these burgers, YUM!

  23. harrietemilys says:

    YUUUMM!! As soon as I saw these on twitter, I was so excited to see this post. I love chickpea burgers, and these look and sound soooo delicious. So many amazing flavours Shashi! Paprika and cumin are the best spices!

    • Shashi says:

      Harriet – paprika and cumin ARE indeed the best – throw in some cayenne and ooh – it’s a partay indeed! 🙂
      Btw – thanks so much! xx

  24. That is one of my mantras Shashi. Making something out of nothing….I like this Carl Warner. But I like you more. And your burgers. And I’m also thinking about that yummy pineapple mango sauce too. Lots “on my plate” to think about this morning….Salami Mountain, Onion Taj Mahal and Tomato Chickpea Burgers…the Seven Wonders of the Food World…

  25. This looks and sounds delicious! Right up my alley. Going to Google foodscapes now!

  26. Happy accident for me but I have all the ingredients to make these delicious pantry tomato chickpea burgers for tomorrows lunch. I am always looking for new delicious meatless ideas so thanks for the inspiration Shashi. I hope you are doing okay…take care, BAM

    • Shashi says:

      Thanks so much Bobbie! I hope you and your boys enjoy these – though that Moroccan chicken and couscous would be hard to beat! I am doing ok – hope you are as well, my friend!

  27. AS you know Shashi I’m a HUGE fan of chickpeas and very much so with chickpea burger variations. I love how you use red gold tomoto paste in these too I’ll need to look out for that, and try that taste.

    • Shashi says:

      Thanks so much Neil – but seriously – is there anyone you know who doesn’t like chickpeas??? Such little things, but so versatile and oh so darn tasty no matter what you do to them! 🙂

  28. I love chickpea in many ways, but I think I’ve never made burgers! These look delicious. I would probably have taken smoked paprika instead of regular (Jast saying):) Well done!

  29. ……How did I not know about Foodscapes?! Geebuz. Although, these tomato chickpea burgers would give it a run for it’s money- Paprika and Cumin are foods of the God 😉 I mean spices!

    • Shashi says:

      Hahaha Arman! Sometimes, I tell myself that coffee is the nectar of God – so I’ll buy it that Paprika and cumin are the “Foods” of God!

  30. hipfoodiemom says:

    OK, obviously I am losing it because you DID use an egg. . I did not see that the first time!!! too early in the morning!!! sorry!!! these burgers look great! I’ll go get my coffee now! 🙂

  31. hipfoodiemom says:

    I actually use Lightroom instead of photoshop but I wanna try using photoshop too! I love diced tomatoes and the pineapple and mango sauce for these burgers!!! May I ask how crumbly these were? I recently tried making chickpea patties without an egg to bind but had no luck because they wouldn’t stay together . . these look great so was just wondering how well they hold up!

    • Shashi says:

      Oh Alice – no worries – Hey – YOU managed to log onto your computer without coffee – me, I cannot make it past the kitchen without coffee – forget about turning anything else on than the coffeemaker! 🙂

  32. I am wishing I could photoshop these burgers right onto my FACE! The chickpea and tomato combo sounds so incr-EDIBLE!
    Now, I need to go check out these foodscapes and see what the hubub is about! Pinned!

    • Shashi says:

      Girrrl – I wish I could Photoshop a dozen of those Grilled Sweet Potatoes with Avocado Salsa and Turkey Sausage onto my plate! Heck – forget about Retina Display, I want a scratch and taste monitor! 🙂

  33. spicedblog says:

    Woah. Those foodscapes are crazy. I’ve never come across those before, but how awesome! I’m pretty sure I want to live in the broccoli forest now. My address? 1 Broccoli Forest Lane. Or maybe 6 Chocolate Express Drive has a better ring to it. Haha! And these burgers? They sound delish, Shashi!!

    • Shashi says:

      As much as I love broccoli, I gotta say “6 Chocolate Express Drive” has a way way better ring to it! I think I could live IN that chocolate express of his – though Lil Shashi and I might eat OUR way through it and be homeless…in which case we’d have to bum a stay with you and Mrs. Spiced …but then we might end up eating our way through y’alls home too…and ugh…things could get ugly….maybe Lil Shashi and I should just stay in the Broccoli forest after all! 🙂

  34. Joanne says:

    Those foodscapes are awesome! ANd summer is all about doing a lot with minimal ingredients, if you ask me! You definitely captured that feeling with these burgers!

    • Shashi says:

      Joanne – sohonored – thanks so much for your incredibly kind words! I hope you didn’t waste as much time ogling those Foodscapes as I did! 🙂

  35. Whoaaaaa–just went to foods capes and holy crap his photos are insane! My mind is confused by how he does it, but the photos are so cool. …..kind of like these burgers!! 😀 I’m all about the chickpeas in any form, but burger form is perfect for summertime.

  36. amindfullmom says:

    Now this is one burger that makes me excited 🙂 Can’t wait to try this and it looks easy!

  37. Angie@Angie's Recipes says:

    These chickpea patties are exactly what I need for a healthy and hearty lunch! Yum yum!

  38. I love that these only have a few ingredients and seem so easy to make! Yum!

  39. Farrah says:

    I wish I could grab these out of the screen! :O! They look so darn good! (My stomach is rumbling. 😡 Time to forage for food!!)

  40. Yum, I wish you could photoshop a few of these right into my breakfast bowl. Oh and add a little of that salsa too. I’d be a super happy camper!! They sound wonderful!