Simply Whole Kitchen

June 11, 2012

Vegetarian Chick Pea Burgers

I started Sunday night by trying to make homemade whole wheat hamburger buns in preparation  for dinner tonight.  All I can say is MAJOR fail....and that I need to work on my exact measuring skills.  I usually can figure out a recipe and 'feel' it out to make it taste just right.  Let me tell you that this isn't the thing to do when making any form of bread....and I finished the night with something that looked more like a spongy and floppy frisbee than individual perfectly risen buns.  Oh well, back to the drawing board and the grocery store for hamburger buns.

This week's Food Matters Project recipe was chosen by Lena of Mrs. Garlic Head!  I've been wanting to try a veggie burger recipe for awhile and this week's recipe screamed at me to go ahead and do it...YUM!
 My hubby nick-named this burger the "hummus" burger because of the chick-peas but the seasoning is versatile so you could really make this taste however you want.  I topped ours with a homemade herbalicious green goddess dressing (recipe coming soon) and lettuce and tomato on a whole wheat bun.  I will make these again and didn't miss the meat at all!

Vegetarian Chick Pea Burgers
1 can of chick peas, rinsed and drained
1 medium zucchini peeled and diced
1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp poultry seasoning
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1 egg
2 tbsp olive oil, divided

Put all ingredients into a food processor (only 1 tbsp olive oil) and pulse until finely chopped (not pureed).
Then form the mixture into hamburger sized patties.  Preheat a large skillet with 1 tbsp olive oil to medium high heat.  Add the chick pea patties and cook on both sides for 4-5 minutes or until browned.  Once cooked, top with your favorite burger toppings and ENJOY!


Anonymous Erin said...

Herbalicious green goddess dressing?! Uhhhh sounds amazing! Nice burgs too by the way :)

June 11, 2012 at 8:15 PM  
Blogger Margarita said...

I love the addition of zucchini! Also, I am curious to know what dressing you used, it looks so good. I give you a big hand salute for trying to make your own hamburger buns! No worries, there's always a next time. :)

June 11, 2012 at 8:44 PM  
Blogger Lena Mumenthaler said...

I am happy that my pick inspired you make a veggie burger. And I'd love to hear more about that green goddess dressing, it looks good.

June 12, 2012 at 11:32 AM  
Blogger Texanerin said...

I have to say that chickpea burgers (or any burgers that don't contain beef :)) aren't my thing but I saw that picture on Facebook and just had to come and look. Lovely looking burger and picture!

Oh and I've been trying to make good 100% whole wheat hamburger buns for about a year or two. Still haven't succeeded. I wish you luck because I think I've given up. So I can try your recipe if you come up with one. :)

June 12, 2012 at 2:45 PM  
Blogger Sara said...

Thanks Erin! Yes, herbalicious is the right adjective for this dressing...and totally worth the wait :)

June 12, 2012 at 3:26 PM  
Blogger Sara said...

Thanks Margarita! I'm going to try the burger buns again, there just wasn't enough time for this meal. And the dressing is homemade! Recipe coming soon!

June 12, 2012 at 3:27 PM  
Blogger Sara said...

Thanks Lena! Great pick! I've been wanting to make a veggie burger for awhile so I was super excited to see this week's choice!

June 12, 2012 at 3:27 PM  
Blogger Sara said...

Hi Erin! They aren't my hubby's thing either but he really liked these! I think you would be surprised at how delicious and filling a "meat-free" burger can be (at it leaves more room for dessert)!

This was my first try at a whole wheat bun and I will try again soon. There has to be an 'easy' way!

June 12, 2012 at 3:29 PM  
Anonymous Evi said...

I should have made my burgers as well- they were just a bit too soft for being fritters. Next time. And when you do find a burger bun recipe that works, definitely share- I'd love to have one up my sleeve!

June 12, 2012 at 4:45 PM  
Blogger Lexi said...

Looks so good!

June 12, 2012 at 9:30 PM  

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