June 3, 2011

Chickpea Burgers


It's summer. I can tell. You know how I can tell? Strawberries. They're good. They're real good. Also, I have a sudden urge to grill. I want to grill everything. Asparagus, eggplant, mushrooms, onions, and lettuce. Yes, I even want to grill lettuce.



Herbs. I know summer's here when I can smell herbs. Basil, rosemary, mint, and chives.  I've got a garden. Well, technically it belongs to my condo building, but I like to think it's mine.  I don't think anyone uses it besides me.  I'm not sure how I know this information, I'm not even sure if it's correct, but this is what I assume. I do that a lot - assume. I am an assumer. It's a bad habit you know.  I also assume that no one will touch my mint before this weekend. I have a plan. It involves mint, and sugar, and limes, and rum.


What's for dinner you ask? Burgers. This is what I tell you. It's burgers for dinner. And then you ask, but how? Then I say, with chick peas, and bread crumbs, and spices. These chick pea burgers aren't your ordinary vegetarian, vegan, healthy, mealy, no taste beanie mess. This is how I sum up most veggie burgers. I know, too judgmental, right?

These burgers are savory. They hold there shape like a burger's supposed to. The have the perfect chick pea to bread crumb ratio - not to mushy, crispy on the outside.  If you, like me, feel the same way about those typical old boring veggie burgers, then you need to get on the chick pea band wagon. These burgers are intended for the big kids. No messing around.




CHICKPEA BURGER RECIPE
(makes 4 patties)

Ingredients
1 15 oz can of chick peas
6 chive sprigs, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, finel chopped
10 squirts of tabasco sauce
1 tbsp lime juice
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1/4 tsp dry mustard
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
2/3 cup of bread crumbs
1 egg slightly beaten
oil for pan

Directions

1. Wash and finely chop the chives and garlic.

2. In a food processor, pulse all the ingredients minus the bread crumbs and egg.

3. Once you have pulsed the ingredients into a mushy consistency, combine in a bowl with the bread crumbs. Next, add the beaten eggs.

4. Separate the mixture into 4 patties. Heat the oil in a frying pan on medium heat. Cook each patty 4-5 minutes on each side.


4 comments:

  1. Thanks for the recipe. I've been looking for a healthy alternative to the usual BBQ offerings so I'll give this a try.

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  2. Looks delish! Do they hold together well enough for the grill?

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  3. They would be perfect for the grill.

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  4. Awesome! Definitely going to use these as my vegetarian option next bbq.

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