I must admit, this is not a recipe I turn to often but the beauty of chickpeas is that they last longer than Ghandi’s flip-flops (I can assure you they taste a lot better)!
Their longevity is fantastic if you don’t own a snow plough to get to the supermarket…
Serves: I made 3 burgers with the ingredients mentioned.
Preparation time: 15 minutes to cook but you have to chill the mixture for at least 10 minutes!
- 400g can of chickpeas, drained
- ½ red chilli, chopped
- 1 garlic clove, crushed
- Zest of ¾ lemon (and a squeeze of lemon juice)
- 1 tsp ground cumin (not shown in picture)
- 1 tsp paprika (not shown in picture)
- Small bunch coriander, chopped
- 1 egg
- ½ medium red onion, ½ diced, ½ sliced
- ½ medium white onion, ½ diced, ½ sliced
- 1 tbsp olive oil (not shown in picture)
- 4 small wholemeal buns (I had to use whole-wheat seeded bread as I had no buns)
- 3 small tomatoes, sliced to serve (not shown in picture)
- Blitz the chickpeas, lemon zest, lemon juice, garlic, cumin, paprika, half the coriander and the egg in a blender.
- Scrape the mixture into a bowl with the chopped chilli and mix in the diced onions.
- Play patacake to create 3 or 4 burgers and chill for at least 10 mins.
- Heat the oil in a frying pan until hot.
- Fry the burgers for around 4 mins each side. Your spatula skills will need to be at their best here to avoid any burger crumble! Also, keep the heat on medium so the burgers don’t burn!
- To serve, slice each bun and fill with a burger, a few slices of tomato and the remaining coriander.
- Feel free to whack in some cool cucumber, copped chilli or red onion for a bit of extra filling.
- When I do them again, a dollop of chilli sauce may not go amiss; just to give the burgers a bit more moisture.
If I was to do this recipe again, with full access to the local supermarket, I would:
- Use whole-wheat buns about the size of the burgers – When taking a bite around the edge of the burgers I felt a little bit of bread overload!
- Add a tiny dollop of chilli sauce to moisten the burgers and add a kick!
I hope you enjoy this vegetarian option – let me know if you have any questions and share your attempts with @myhomevitality on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!
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