Cilantro Chickpea Burgers





It's very rare that Michael agrees to making vegetarian meals, so I was quite surprised when he actually suggested this recipe the other day. He got a cookbook from his sister a while back called Super Natural Cooking by Heidi Swanson, which is where we got the idea. We made a few modifications (especially since we haven't quite converted to organic cooking) & I think they turned out pretty well for our first homemade veggie burger! Even Michael liked them! You can sub any kind of sprouts for the pea shoots. We just like to use them b/c they're tasty and are cheap at Trader Joe's. Feel free to use any toppings you'd like. We thought this combo was tasty - we also added some mustard & ketchup. Use whatever you want! You could definitely make 8 regular size burgers with the mixture - we made 5 and they were HUGE! I'd go for 8 :)

*Added note: People seem to be very interested in the buns - they're asiago focaccia buns from Trader Joe's & they were as tasty as they look!

Ingredients

  • 2 16 oz. cans garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1 white onion, chopped
  • Zest of 1/2 a lemon
  • 1 cup pea shoots
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 6-8 hamburger buns
TOPPINGS:
  • 1 large avocado, sliced
  • 1 white onion, sliced
  • pea shoots, as many as desired

Directions

  1. Put garbanazo beans, eggs, and salt in a food processor and puree until well mixed (should be thick).
  2. Pour into medium bowl and stir in cilantro, onion, zest, sprouts, and bread crumbs. Let sit for two minutes so that the bread crumbs can absorb moisture.
  3. Make 6-8 patties out of the bean mixture.
  4. Heat olive oil in large skillet over medium-low heat, add half the patties. Cook for 7-10 minutes, until bottoms begin to brown. Flip and cook for another 5-7 minutes, or until golden. Remove from skillet and cook remaining patties.
  5. Serve on buns with onions, leftover pea shoots, and avocado.

36 comments:

Ivy said...

The veggie burgers look delicious. I usually make them with chickpeas. I love cilantro so I would definitely love them.

Conor said...

Oh yum, these look great! As well as incredibly difficult and messy to eat, which are signs of a great burger. Nice buns, by the way ;)

Chef E said...

Okay, I think you just gave me something for dinner menu tonight...I have not had one in a while, no meat either, but this sounds great!

Erica said...

Love Heidi's recipes and blog! She totally rocks. This looks like a very hearty meal. Just beautiful

Grace said...

avocado, ketchup, and mustard are my go-to toppings for a burger, even one sans meat. cilantro is very dear to my heart too, so i suspect i wouldn’t miss the meat for a second!

sara said...

I have never seen veggie burgers made from chickpeas before, very interesting. Though I always have a hard time defending my meatless dinners too, I have to sneak my veggie burgers in on the rare night that I eat alone. Those boys just love their animal protein.

♥peachkins♥ said...

This veggie burgers looks delicious.Wouldn't mind doing this over the weekend.

Megan said...

Those look delicious. And I love the addition of avocado.

Most important though... those rolls look amazing! Where did you get them?

Rose @ Bite Me Kitchen said...

Wow those look good! I will have to look for pea shoots at our TJ's here in CA.

Donna-FFW said...

What an absolutely delicious burger. The rolls you chose sound perfect!

girlichef said...

These look amazing!! And yup, the buns do look fabulous, too :D

Kerstin said...

What an awesome veggie burger, I think my hubby would gobble this up too!

Cucinista said...

Looks like a fantastic recipe. I'm always on the lookout for new veggie burger recipes. Not that I don't love my meat -- just don't want to have a big, fat steak or juicy burger for every single meal!

Alicia said...

Hi There - This recipe looks great! Thanks for the comment on my granola post...would you mind if I linked to you in my blogroll? Let me know! Thanks!

Esi said...

These burgers sound great! I am a huge chickpea fan.

Alejandra said...

I'm not usually one for vegetarian dishes, but this sounds delicious!

Ana said...

I like your blog too much. It's very pretty!!!

Un saludo!!!

Jennifer said...

If your husband loved these maybe I can try them on my husband!! I saved Heidi's recipe when she first posted it but my hubbs is a total meat eater. you say burger and he has to have meat! I sooo need to make these!! beautiful pics! :)

Emmett said...

Your blog looks great, well done!

Eralda LT said...

I love veggie burgers, especially homemade ones. These look delicious. Lovely photos, too.

Hungry Dog said...

Wow, these look great! I'm not usually much for veggie burgers but these look both healthy and satisfying.

doggybloggy said...

looks good - we are omnivores around here so to suddenly have only vegetarian fare would not be unusual...scoot over and gimme a burger!

Sig said...

I am not much into veggie burgers, but these sure look tasty! And I love the look of those buns too, will have to raid TJ's for it.

Elra said...

Scrumptious! Never tried this before. Sounds delicious.

burpandslurp said...

oooh~ I'm not a vegetarian either and love a good burger, but that burger looks positively delicious!!! It sure rivals any hamburger I know!

Sylvia said...

I want to try some veggie burger recipe, This looks delicious

Teanna said...

Your pictures are just out of this world good! And that burger looks like it can rival the amazingness of that photo!

lisaiscooking said...

I'm a big fan and veggie burgers, so I have to try this! I've only cooked from SNC a couple of times, and I'll have to mark this page.

Bridgett said...

Being a big chickpea fan, I definitely need to give this a try!

Leela said...

Great looking vegetarian burger! Chickpeas have that "meaty" element which I love.

ttfn300 said...

MMmm, i love a good burger :) meat or not! these look amazing!

Jackie at PhamFatale.com said...

Love the idea of a chickpea burger. The problem is the vegetarian crowd in my house find the mixture to be too eggy. Do you have any suggestion to make it egg free (maybe xanthan gum or lecithin) I'm just throwing ideas out of the blue. I've never tried and have no clue of which quantities to use.

The Duo Dishes said...

Love love love a veggie burger of any kind. Yours really held up too in pattie formation, whereas our last attempt crumbled. :) Totally want to try these.

Aggie said...

I have been wanting to try to make a homemade veggie burger...this looks great! So yummy!

applecrumbles said...

This is a great recipe for me when I have to cook some meat for my hubby.
Love it.

Jo. said...

Yummy are those lovely veg burgers. Mustard and ketchup combo is a pretty good option but when it comes to vegetables you can add less salt to the burger and experiment with mango chutney instead of ketchup and mustard. If you like experiments in the kitchen it's really worth a try :-)

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