Chickpea Veggie Burgers
By Julie van Rosendaal, ParentsCanada
Jun 27, 2014
Although I'm a carnivore, I'm also a fan of a good veggie burger, and during barbecue season it can't be all meat all the time. These flavourful burgers are also inexpensive—they're made with canned chickpeas, which cost about $1 per large can, and flavoured with cumin, onion and cilantro, which makes them taste like a big, crunchy falafel on a bun. Top with thinly sliced tomatoes and spring greens, and a dollop of garlicky tzatziki if you have it.
adapted from Good Food Magazine, 2011
- 1 19 oz (540 mL) can chickpeas, drained
- 1/4 purple onion, roughly chopped
- 1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
- juice of half a lemon
- 1 tsp. cumin
- 1 large egg
- salt and pepper
- 1 cup fresh breadcrumbs
- olive or canola oil, for cooking
- whole wheat buns
- spring greens or baby spinach
- sliced tomato
In the bowl of a food processor, pulse the chickpeas and purple onion until roughly chopped; add the cilantro, lemon juice, cumin, egg, salt and pepper and pulse until well blended. Scrape into a bowl and stir in the breadcrumbs.
Set a heavy skillet over medium-high heat and add a generous drizzle of oil. Shape the mixture into patties—it may be sticky, that's OK—and gently lower them into the pan. Cook for 4 – 5 minutes per side, flipping with a thin spatula as they turn golden. Serve on buns with spring greens, tomato and tzatziki.
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