Flavor-Packed WFPB BBQ Sliders

Plant-based burgers are all the rage right now, but the ones getting the most attention are those that “mimic” the taste and texture of beef. And yeah, they’re great but they’re not great for you. They’re packed with oil and saturated fats to help imitate the juiciness and flavor of beef burgers. So while they may be plant-based, they’re far from whole food plant-based (WFPB).

And I get it. I’ve been known to have one or two of those trendy burgers as a treat, and they’re really good. And many of the WFPB burger recipes leave a lot to be desired — they can be dry, flavorless, and downright unappetizing. Until now! I found this recipe in one of my cookbooks and then altered it to make it oil-free, then converted it into sliders to make it more fun!

These sliders are so flavor-rich and delicious! My kids loved them, and I’m sure your meat-eating friends and families will love them too!

WFPB vegan BBQ sliders

Flavor-Packed WFPB BBQ Sliders

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Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 4

What you’ll need

  • 1 15oz can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • ½ cup whole wheat bread crumbs
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 ¾ tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp raw sugar
  • 2 tbsp oil-free barbecue sauce

How you’ll do it

  • If your quinoa isn't cooked, you'll need to do that first. I use the Instant Pot for this and it comes out perfect every time! Once that's done…
  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Pour chickpeas into a large bowl and mash with a fork or potato masher until broken down with small chunks still remaining.
  • Add the quinoa, bread crumbs, garlic powder, smoked paprika, cumin, salt, chili powder, sugar, and BBQ sauce.
  • Stir to combine well. Add more bread crumbs if the mixture is too wet, or add more BBQ sauce if it's too dry. Taste and adjust seasonings if needed.
  • Mold mixture into slider-sized burgers (or full-sized burgers if you're not fun) and place onto lined baking sheet. I usually just gauge the size based on how big the slider buns are, since they can vary.
  • Slide those in the oven (see what I did there?) and bake for 15 minutes. Flip burgers and then bake for 15 more minutes. You may need to bake a bit longer if you made these full burger sized.
  • Serve dressed with more BBQ sauce, red onion, lettuce, tomato, or whatever you like!

Did you make this? Well, what did you think? Leave a comment and let me know how it came out, or if you have a question about the recipe, fire away!

Do you have a favorite recipe you’d like to share on KevCooksPlants? Send it to me at kev@kevcooksplants.com and I’ll take a look (and of course credit you when it’s posted).

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