This recipe came into being when I was all set to make Black bean burgers, and later realized I was out of black beans!! I decided to make the burgers with Chickpeas and see how they turn out. And the result was lip smacking good.
2 (16 oz) cans Chickpeas, drained
½ cup Green Bell pepper diced
½ cup Yellow onion diced
1 tsp Chilli powder
1 Egg (optional)
½ cup Bread crumbs (plain)
Salt and pepper
2 tbsp Olive oil
8 Burger buns
Slices of Tomato
Slices of Cucumber
Slices of Sharp Cheddar cheese
In a medium bowl, mash the chickpeas. To this add the bell pepper, onions, chilli powder, salt, pepper, egg, bread crumbs and the olive oil. Combine and shape into eight ½ inch thick patties.
Heat a grill pan. If you don't have one use a regular flat non-stick pan. Spray oil. Place two patties at a time and cook for 4-5 minutes on each side. When both the sides are done, place a slice of cheddar on top, while the burgers are on the grill. Remove just before the cheese melts completely. Place on toasted bun halves, top with a few slices each of tomato and cucumber. Place other bun half on top and serve alongside fries or potato chips. You can use a toothpick to keep all the layers in place between the bun.
Note: If you are not using the egg, then use more of the breadcrumbs to make sure the mixture holds and doesn't break apart in the pan.
You can also use mayo or any spread on the toasted bun halves before assembling to add more flavour. I have used garlic mayo.
Dig in! :D