Chickpea Burgers

A bean burger is a fantastic option when you're trying to reduce your meat intake but still have those persistent burger cravings. In this fiber-rich chickpea burger recipe, I include turmeric for its amazing anti-inflammatory properties, honey to balance some of turmeric's somewhat bitter flavor, and panko (Japanese-style bread crumbs) for a bit of crunchiness. In addition to lettuce, you can top with onions, tomatoes, hot sauce, or other additional spices (I like to sprinkle just a bit more turmeric on top for an extra health kick). Since the patties are a bit more crumbly, you can also use pita breads instead of burgers buns. These burgers have a unique flavor, are hearty and affordable, and can serve as a healthier end-of-the-week "happy hour" option.

Ingredients for chickpea patties (8 medium patties):

  • 2 cups dry chickpeas
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 4 - 5 garlic, minced
  • 2 cups panko
  • 2 tablespoons honey (if possible, consider local honey).
  • 1 tablespoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne

Other ingredients:

  • Whole wheat burger buns
  • 1 head lettuce

Method:

  • Soak chickpeas overnight. Cook chickpeas for 1 and 1/2 hours, drain water, mash chickpeas well with fork (it's okay to have some chickpeas that aren't completely mashed), set aside.
  • Cook onion and garlic for 4 - 5 minutes on medium heat.
  • Add onion, garlic, panko, and spices to mashed chickpea mixture. Mix everything together well.
  • Form patties with the mixture using a medium to large handful, depending on how small or large you want your patties. Note: These are crumbly, so you have to pat these really firmly, and handle with care as you put them on the frying pan.
  • Fry patties on each side on medium heat for about 5 minutes or until golden brown and fairly firm.
  • Serve with fresh lettuce and enjoy!

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