Freekah Chipotle Burgers

Spice up your next burger night with uniquely-flavored freekah grains  and hot chipotle peppers combined in one powerhouse burger !! This meat-free burger is bursting with nutritious ingredients and show-stopping flavors!

WARNING: Shy tastebuds proceed with caution!

If you are exploring meat-free alternatives for your health or just for variety in your diet, these burgers deserve your consideration.  They also deserve at least a taste test~Be adventerous!

Freekah (pronounced ‘free-kah’) is a wheat grain harvested early, while still green.  It is sun-dried and roasted to perfection.  Freekah is packed with protein and fiber and its smokey flavor permeates and complements numerous grain recipes.

*(Watch for a Freekah Kale Salad recipe coming soon!)

Serves 6.


  • 2 1/4 C water
  • 1 C dried freekah
  • 1 T chili powder
  • 2 T onion powder
  • 2 tsp chipotle powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1-15 oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 onion, finely diced
  • 6 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 C honey mustard
  • 2 chipotle peppers in adoba sauce, finely chopped
  • 1 C flour, plus more for dusting
  • sea salt, to taste

Preparation Steps

  1. Combine water and dried freekah in medium saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat.
  2. Reduce heat to low and simmer, covered, 20-25 minutes, until tender. Store freekah in fridge as it cools.
  3. Combine remaining ingredients and only 2T of the honey mustard and 1T of the chipotle peppers with cooled freekah in a large mixing bowl.
  4. Dust work surface and clean hands with flour and shape into burger patties. Coat each patty, lightly, with flour.
  5. Whisk together the remaining honey mustard and chipotle peppers in a small bowl and set aside for serving.
  6. Heat oil over medium heat in a skillet and cook patties 2 minutes per side.
  7. Serve with chipotle honey mustard and condiments of choice.

Recipe from Deb Lindsey, The Washington Post