We’re eating a lot less meat these days – yes, that even includes lamb. We haven’t become vegetarians, but we’re certainly including more veggies, legumes, and grains in our diet than ever before.
That in mind, I’ve been on a ‘burger’ kick. Black bean burgers, mushroom-grain burgers, chickpea burgers – all store-bought, until now.
|Homemade Chickpea-Lentil Burgers |
I finally came to the realization that these must be simple and relatively
inexpensive to prepare at home, so why was I buying them ready-made? Except for the convenience factor, I couldn’t
think of another reasonable answer, so off to my kitchen I went.
I already had the ingredients on hand to make chickpea lentil burgers
and yogurt-tahini sauce, so all I had to do was roll up my sleeves and get
All you need are a few readily available ingredients, and a food processor – or an appropriate mashing tool, cutting board and sharp knife.
Chickpea Lentil Burgers with Yogurt-Tahini Sauce
Yield: 6 patties
1 (19-ounce can) chickpeas, rinsed and drained
(NOTE: I also removed and discarded the skins from the chickpeas)
1/2 cup cooked brown lentils (Canned lentils can be substituted, but rinse and drain them first.)
1/4 cup chopped onion
¼ cup chopped flat -leaf parsley
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 Tbsp. tahini –
OR – 1 egg
2 tablespoons (or more) all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 tsp. Aleppo pepper, optional
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil – for cooking
1. Place chickpeas, lentils, onions, parsley, garlic, tahini (OR 1 egg), flour,
cumin, ground coriander, Aleppo pepper (if using) and salt in a food processor fitted with a metal “S” blade. Pulse, stopping to scrape down the sides, until a coarse
mixture forms. (NOTE: If the mixture feels too moist to shape, add a bit more flour.)
2. Using a 1/3 cup measure, shape the chickpea mixture into 6 patties.
3. Heat 2 Tbsp. olive oil in a large non-stick skillet
over medium-high heat. Add patties and cook until golden, about 4 to 5 minutes, on the first side. (Reduce heat if patties start to burn.)
Carefully turn patties over and cook until golden brown, about 2 to 4 minutes
Serve with Yogurt-Tahini Sauce (recipe follows).
Yogurt -Tahini Sauce
(NOTE: This is best made in advance and refrigerated
until ready to serve.)
1/2 cup low-fat plain yogurt
2 to 3 tablespoons tahini
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
1/4 teaspoon salt
Combine yogurt, tahini, lemon juice, parsley and salt in a medium bowl.
Serve chickpea burgers topped with Yogurt-Tahini Sauce in pita pockets or wrapped in lavash.