Zesty Buffalo Ranch Chickpea Sliders

Written by: Rebecca Scritchfield, RDN
Host, Body Kindness Podcast 

These meatless “burgers” bring the heat with fiery buffalo sauce and cool down with creamy Litehouse® Homestyle Ranch Dressing. Vegetarian and budget-friendly, this recipe uses chickpeas, carrot, and brown rice to offer a meat-like texture reminiscent of buffalo chicken wings flavors.

Loaded with plant-based proteins and fiber, these chickpea-based burgers are a meal you definitely want to keep on your "digestive support" list. Make the sliders if you’re serving a crowd or little ones.

In the mood for a lighter meal? Skip the bun and enjoy them wrapped in green leaf or butter lettuce. Also try them crumbled over mixed greens with veggies and Litehouse® Homestyle Ranch Dressing for a delicious salad.

Prepare them ahead of time – or cook them in advance and then reheat in the oven, stove top, or microwave before serving. Cooked patties will keep up to 4 days in the refrigerator. Leftovers can be frozen. 

Zesty Buffalo Ranch Chickpea Sliders

Serves 12 sliders or 6 burger patties | Finish in 25 minutes
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To Serve:

12 whole-wheat slider buns

6 small lettuce leaves, torn in half

2 small ripe tomatoes, cut into 12 slices

1 small cucumber, thinly sliced into 24 slices

1 cup simple spread dip, divided

 

For the Simple Spreads:

Instead of ketchup or mustard try adding one of these simple spreads to your burger for added flavor.

2/3 cup Litehouse® Homestyle Ranch Dressing

1/3 cup of any of the following:

  • low-fat Greek yogurt
  • low-fat sour cream
  • hummus 

Ingredients

  • 1 15 oz. can cooked chickpeas
  • 1/4 c cooked brown rice
  • 1 c panko or regular bread crumbs
  • 1/2 c chopped white onion
  • 1 large carrot, grated (or 1/2 c grated)
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/4 c hot sauce
  • 1/4 c Litehouse Homestyle Ranch Dressing
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil (for pan frying or grilling)

Directions

1. Combine chickpeas, brown rice, panko, grated carrot, minced garlic and onions into food processer.

2. Pulse dry ingredients for 15-20 seconds until chickpeas are slightly mashed and mixture comes together.

3. Add egg yolk, hot sauce, and Litehouse® Homestyle Ranch Dressing into food processer.

4. With the wet ingredients added, pulse for 15-20 seconds.

5. Shape mixture into patties. Burger size is approximately loosely packed ½ cup measure and slider size about ¼ cup measure. (Note: Mixture will be somewhat sticky. You can refrigerate for 20 minute before forming patties to reduce stickiness.)

6. Heat a non-stick pan over medium heat. Lightly coat with olive oil. Once hot, add patties to the pan; cook 3-5 minutes on each side or until lightly browned.

7. Remove from pan and allow to cool for about 10 minutes before serving,

8. Spread about 1 tablespoon of spread suggestions on bottom half of each bun; top with 1 patty. Top each slider with 2 cucumber slices, 1/2 lettuce leaf, and 1 tomato slice. Top with bun tops. 

 


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