Chickpeas. Is there ANYTHING we create with this favourite legume of mine? No, is my answer! As you may have seen on my blog, I am a massive fan of chickpeas – I’ve got recipes for chickpea hummus, chickpea korma, and even chickpea protein bars on my site! So yes, I’m a fan. A chickpea burger or something along the lines of homemade falafel has been on my food blogger ‘to do’ list for quite some time – and finally, I’ve found the time to create it!
If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, every Tuesday you’ll see my posts about the weekly Food Fair at the hospital where I work as a doctor. The ‘Food Fayre’ as its called was set up in the concourse just outside the hospital reception during the summer, and it was such a huge success they’ve been able to extend it year round! It’s an absolutely wonderful weekly event – everyone from staff to patients alike visit the various food stalls present, and it’s been brilliant for hospital morale and social banter too!
Photo Credit: The beautiful Vegan Burgers from Agatrix Natural Nutrition
The reason I mention the Food Fayre here is because my favourite stand there, Agatrix Natural Nutrition turned out to be my final inspiration to create a vegetarian burger from scratch for you. Natural Nutrition serve up an absolutely inspiring range of vegan burgers – three on offer each week, made from various delicious combinations of hemp and chia seeds, lentils, and spicy beans. They also serve a beautifully creative range of homemade salads too, as well as sweet treats! Every Tuesday, I pop by to pick up a Vegan Burger Box – one of their 3 burgers with a mix of their salads. I genuinely get excited every week to pop out to visit, and they’ve been kind enough to give me some of their lovely lentil stew to try too!
As well as the food fair, I tried a Chickpea & Sweet Potato Burger for brunch at Ted’s All Day Brunch in Amsterdam recently, and this was the final push – I knew I needed to have a recipe handy to make a Chickpea Burger at home! So, let’s get cooking!
Recipe (Makes 2 Burgers)
- 1 small garlic clove, minced/finely chopped
- 1/2 tsp ground coriander
- 1/2 tsp ground cumin
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
- 1 tsp tamari or soy sauce
- 1 tsp oat flour (I blitz Flahavan’s Oats in my blender!)
- 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 400g tin of chickpeas, rinsed and drained
- Juice of 1/2 a lemon
- A twist of black pepper
- Required: A food processor or power blender (I use a Nutribullet)
- Pre-heat the oven to 200C (fan oven) and line a baking tray with tinfoil. Grease the tinfoil with a little olive oil (to stop the burger sticking as it bakes!)
- Drain and rinse the chickpeas, and transfer to your blender cup/food processor.
- Add the olive oil, tamari/soy sauce, lemon juice, oat flour, garlic and spices.
- Screw on the blender/processor lid, and give the ingredients a quick shake if using a power blender.
- Time to whizz it up! Blitz the ingredients for about five minutes or until a thick mixture is formed. It shouldn’t be liquid-like or hummus-like in texture, but malleable into two burger patties.
- Transfer the mixture to a bowl, and using your hands, shape the blend into two burger patties (see photo).
- Place the burgers onto the baking tray, and when the oven is ready, pop them in for about 25-30 minutes, flipping half way! The burgers should be golden.
- Remove from the oven, and allow to cool for a couple of minutes before serving!
Enjoy guys! I love to have these burgers with a big salad bowl, or even just as a snack! Tag me if you try these veggie burgers out – @theirishbalance on Instagram/Twitter/Facebook!
Ciara 🙂 x