Chickpea vegetarian burgers

Vegetarian burgers

I think that burgers are one of the most satisfying foods on earth, even when they are not made out of meat and can be called healthy. My favourite thing about vegetarian burgers is the extra add-ins, and this recipe surely doesn’t miss any: grilled cheese, guacamole and caramelized onions (of course any extra would just make these burgers even more delicious). I would have liked to use a heartier bread, but I couldn’t find any at my local shop this morning! I think that any wholesome home-made or store bought bread would pair very well with the chickpeas. The burgers themselves taste like falafel and can be flavoured with any spice mix and seasonal greens. These burgers are perfect for a spring/summer weeknight dinner or for a vegetarian option at a barbecue along with some roasted sweet potatoes.

Vegetarian burgers

Vegetarian burgers

Chickpea burgers

  • 1 15 ounces can of chickpeas (drained and rinsed)
  • ½ cup parsley leaves
  • 1 garlic clove
  • ½ cup fresh peas
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp red pepper
  • ¼ tsp mixed Mediterranean spices
  • ¼ cup +2 tbsp. chickpea flour
  • 1 egg
  • Olive oil to cook

Garnish

  • 4 Hamburgers buns
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 6 cherry tomatoes
  • 1 onion
  • 1 tbsp. sugar
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Grilled Scamorza cheese

 

  1. Boil the peas for 1-2 minutes or until tender. Set aside
  2. Add parsley, garlic, salt and spices to a food processor and mix to combine
  3. Add in the chickpeas and mix to obtain a chunky paste
  4. Add in the egg and mix to incorporate, add the peas
  5. Transfer the mixture to a large bowl and gradually incorporate the flour until the dough is firm enough to be handled (you might need more flour than in the recipe)
  6. Divide the dough into 4 pieces and form patties using your floured hands
  7. Place the patties on a floured surface

Prepare the garnishments:

  1. Preheat the oven (or a grill) to 180 C (350 F)
  2. Chop the tomatoes and add them to the mashed avocado, salt and pepper to taste
  3. Slice the onion in rings, heat one tablespoon of oil in a small skillet then add the onions, sugar and a pinch of salt. Cook until the onions turn brownish
  4. Cut the buns in two and top one side with slices of Scamorza (or other cheese)
  5. Warm them in the oven (or grill) for 5 minutes or until the cheese starts to melt
  6. Heat 1 tbsp. olive oil in a medium skillet, then add the burgers
  7. Cook the burgers for 2 minutes on each side
  8. Place the burgers on the cheesy side of the bread, top with onions and avocado then top with bread

 

 

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About Margherita Tonolini

Hi I'm Margherita, I'm a baker and a food science student! My favourite things in life include: dark chocolate, flaky salt, pistachios and rainy afternoons spent baking in a cosy kitchen! I share delicious healthy recipes on my blog edible imagination!

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