What gives these curried chickpea burgers their fantastic flavor is one of my favorite new shortcuts — Indian simmer sauce. What I try to accomplish with homemade vegan burger recipes is for the cook to be able to toss everything into the food processor without additional prep (like cooking onions, measuring tons of spices, and such).
Delectable readymade Indian sauces make this process super easy. Just make sure to read labels to make sure the sauce you select is vegan, as some varieties contain dairy.
One of my favorite varieties is Jalfrezi, which is tomato and coconut-based. They come in varying levels of spiciness, so take into that account as well when choosing. Indian sauces are a relatively new fixture in the international aisle of well-stocked supermarkets and natural foods stores and they’re incredible for giving soups and stews an instant blast of flavor. I wondered if they’d do the same for burgers, and the answer is a resounding yes.