Chickpea Burgers and Being Creative

One of my favorite parts about cooking is the ability to be creative! No matter what recipe is used, you the chef, are able to create it in to something personalized. Adding your own style to a basic recipe is what cooking is all about. That’s the concept that went into creating these delicious chickpea burgers! It started with an idea, a few veggies here, a little spice there and tada! we ended up with a quick and easy, not to mention healthy, burger that is perfect for a snack or meal (eaten cold or hot). I also whipped up a super simple Tzatziki sauce that pairs perfectly with this burger.

Ingredients
Tzatziki Sauce:
  • 1 cucumber peeled and shredded
  • 2 cups plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 T red wine vinegar
  • salt and pepper to taste
Chickpea Burger:
  • 1 small red onion, diced
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 6 cups chickpeas drained
  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • salt and pepper
Instructions
Tzatziki Sauce:
  • Start by shredding the cucumber. I used a food processor with shredding attachment.
  • Set aside in a bowl and allow liquid to drain.
  • In a food processor, blend yogurt, garlic vinegar, salt and pepper.
  • Take drained cucumber and mix with a spoon into the yogurt mixture.
Chickpea Burger:
  • Preheat oven to 400°.
  • Dice onion and pepper.
  • In a sauté pan with olive oil, cook onion and pepper until tender, about 10 minutes.
  • Take drained chickpeas and food process very coarsely with olive oil. The peas should be about half their size. We will mash them more during the mixing process.
  • In a bowl, combine sautéed veggies, chickpeas and spices.
  • Mix until blended, mashing as you go. You still want some chunky pieces.
  • Taste your mixture! If you would like more spice, add it now.
  • Form mixture into patties and place on cookie sheet with parchment.
  • Bake for about 25 minutes or until the outside starts to dry.
  • Top with Tzatziki and enjoy!

~ Sarah