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Vegan Chickpea Burger (Special Diet Friendly)

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Hello, fellow food enthusiasts! Today, we’re diving into the delicious world of Falafel Burgers – seriously, they’re a game-changer! You might know them as chickpea fritters, and if I’m being honest, these are hands down my FAVORITE bean burgers to date. I treat myself to these at least once a month, and they’ve become my go-to for meal prep, lasting me the entire week!

After a recent culinary adventure in Michigan, where I experienced the magic of an incredible Mediterranean restaurant, I couldn’t shake off my falafel obsession. The flavors lingered, and I was inspired to create one of my all-time favorite plant-based, falafel-inspired veggie burgers. Trust me, you’ll want to add this recipe to your culinary repertoire!

While this recipe requires a bit more time, especially with the chickpeas, I’ve found it to be a perfect meal prep option for my hectic school weeks. Get ready to elevate your veggie burger game!

Recipe tip

For the ultimate falafel burger experience, opt for dried chickpeas. Soak them for a minimum of 8 hours, strain, and let them dry. Canned chickpeas can result in a mushy texture.

Budget friendly chickpea burger

Honestly, this might be one of the most budget-friendly burgers you can whip up! While I haven’t crunched the numbers, dried chickpeas are incredibly cost-effective, and so are the remaining ingredients. If anything, the priciest element could be the burger buns (just my estimation).

OH and, pair this falafel veggie burger with some delicious homemade sweet potato fries!

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Why i love chickpeas

Chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans, are a nutrient-dense legume with various health benefits. Here are some of the key advantages of including chickpeas in your diet:

  1. Rich in Nutrients:
    • Chickpeas are a good source of essential nutrients, including protein, fiber, vitamins, and minerals. They contribute to a well-balanced and nutritious diet.
  2. High Protein Content:
    • As a plant-based protein source, chickpeas are beneficial for vegetarians and vegans. Protein is crucial for muscle repair, growth, and overall body function.
  3. Heart Health:
    • The fiber, potassium, and antioxidants in chickpeas contribute to heart health by lowering cholesterol levels and reducing the risk of heart disease.
  4. Blood Sugar Control:
    • The combination of fiber and protein in chickpeas helps regulate blood sugar levels. This can be particularly beneficial for individuals with diabetes or those at risk of developing the condition.
  5. Digestive Health:
    • The high fiber content in chickpeas promotes digestive health by preventing constipation and supporting a healthy gut microbiome.
  6. Antioxidant Properties:
    • Chickpeas contain antioxidants, such as polyphenols, which help protect cells from damage caused by free radicals. Antioxidants play a role in reducing inflammation and preventing chronic diseases.
  7. Bone Health:
    • Chickpeas are a good source of minerals like phosphorus, magnesium, and calcium, contributing to bone health and density.
  8. Iron Absorption:
    • The vitamin C content in chickpeas enhances the absorption of non-heme iron, which is especially beneficial for individuals following a plant-based diet.
  9. Versatile Culinary Use:
    • Chickpeas are incredibly versatile and can be used in various dishes, such as salads, soups, stews, curries, and even as a base for hummus.

Including chickpeas in your diet can be a delicious and nutritious way to promote overall health and well-being. As with any food, it’s essential to enjoy them as part of a balanced diet. now lets make a falafel burger

Ingriedients(Sauce):

1/2 cup mayo

1-2 tbsp dried dill

1/2 lemon squeezed

1/2 tbsp to 1 t tbsp sugar (adjust to your taste buds)


Recipe (Sauce):

  1. Combine all ingredients and mix together.

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Falafel Burger

Prep time is so long because you need to soak the chickpeas but everything else takes at most 20 minutes!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Soaking Chickpeas 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 25 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Mediterranean
Servings 8 burgers
Calories 20 kcal

Equipment

  • food processor
  • frying pan

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup soaked chickpeas
  • 1 red onion chopped
  • 1-2 cloves of garlic
  • 3/4 cup parsley fresh
  • 2 tsp dried coriander
  • 1 tsp dried cumin
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1-2 tbsp flour
  • 2 tbsp avocado oil

Instructions
 

  • Once the chickpeas have soaked (Chickpeas need to be soaked overnight). Drain the remaining water. I let mine dry for about 10 minutes. rub them between 2 paper towels to help get rid of any excess water.
  • Add all ingredients to a food processor. Blend until finely ground BUT don’t blend into hummus.
  • Chill in the fridge for an hour. (for best results)
  • Fry on the stove. I used avocado oil. Depending on the stove one side should fry in 5-8 minutes with medium heat
  • enjoy with your favorite bun and burger toppings!! I'm a mustard and mayo girl:)
  • Enjoy.

Notes

If your patties are too wet. Add a little more flour to help them stick together!
 
I find that they fry much better once they have chilled for an hour. They aren’t falling apart at this point.
 
I used dried ground spices from the store.
 
I have not tried this recipe with canned chickpea if you try please comment on how it went!!
 
 
Keyword burger, chickpeas, vegan
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4 Comments

  1. Patricia Blair
    January 22, 2024 / 7:14 pm

    Could canned chickpeas be used to make this?

    • sarah
      Author
      January 22, 2024 / 7:39 pm

      I personally haven’t done that but you could try. I think they would be mushier and not as crispy. And I would let the chickpeas dry as much as possible before blending them. You might have to add more flour too.

  2. Terry
    February 5, 2024 / 11:58 pm

    When you say dried coriander and dried cumin are you talking about the ground spices that come in little containers at the store?

    • sarah
      Author
      February 6, 2024 / 4:38 pm

      yes that is correct! sorry for the confusion

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