Phish Burgers


With starting up a Secret Dinner Club here in Vacouver (well New Westminster, but its basically the same), I keep thinking of what kind of recipes have the most broad appeal to both vegans and others alike. Personally, I prefer whole food based recipes that really make the fresh produce and ingredients shine. This phish burger is an example of that, where chickpeas and nori come together to create something new yet very familiar.

I served them in regular gluten free bread because finding buns around here is a pain, the only places that have great ones that are worth the price are bakerys that are either not super accesible or not open when I have my moments of inspiration. Although, I did try out a mix by Bob's Red Mill that I found pretty good when eaten right away. Most gluten free bread recipes seem to crumble away after the first day or two. 

Funny enough, the kind of recipes are always the most popular. I think people are looking for the flavors they grew up with without the animal products. Who said you needed to ever give up anything when going vegan?

Phish Burgers

A little taste of the sea via a touch of seaweed instead of actual fish.



Prep Time
15 Minutes

Cooking Time
20 Minutes


  • 2 can chickpeas
  • 2 sheet nori - crumbled finely
  • 1 Tbsp relish
  • 2 Tbsp vegan mayonnaise
  • 3/4 cup breadcumbs
  • 6 buns - or 12 slices of bread
  • Lettuce and other toppings of choice


  • In a large bowl, mash together the chickpeas, nori, relish and mayonnaise until it is flaky but not mush. You want to keep some texture from the chickpeas. Add in the breadcrumbs and mix well. If needed add a little liquid or more breadcrumbs until it holds together when you try to form patties.
  • This makes bigger patties, so you can make more than 6 if you want them smaller. Form them and place on a baking sheet lined with pachment paper. At this point you can do one of two things: freeze them and then grill OR bake in the oven at 425F for 20 mins or until crunchy on the outside.
  • Serve in buns with lettuce and toppings or as a phish cake.
  • Enjoy!