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Chickpea Burgers

I am conscious of what I eat during the week and that variety is important so not to get bored and reach for the biscuit tin, time is also a big constraint on what goes on the menu. The last thing I want to do after a long day’s work is sweat over a hot stove for hours on end, so I am always looking for simple, quick and more importantly TASTY options to bring to the dining table.

  • 1 can of chickpeas
  • 1 carrot
  • 2 shallots
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tbsp breadcrumbs
  • Salt & pepper
  • Ground Cumin
  • Cayenne Pepper
Grate the carrots and chop the shallots finely (or whizz in a food processor with the grater attachment), transfer to a pan with a little olive oil and sweat for a few minutes to sweeten the shallots slightly, set aside.
Drain and rinse the chickpeas and put them into a food processor with all the spices, salt and pepper. Slightly pulse for a rough and chunky paste. Stir in the carrot, shallots, egg, and breadcrumbs until evenly mixed.

Time to get your hands dirty and make those burger patties then pop in the fridge for 10-15mins to help harden them into shape (I use this time to clear up).

Heat the frying pan, add oil (I use Extra Virgin Olive Oil) then fry in batches for 2-3 minutes on each side on a medium heat until looking golden and delicious, then drain on kitchen towel. You may choose to grill/oven bake however beware this method dries the burgers out substantially.

Top with sliced grilled Halloumi or melted Mild Cheddar for added flavour.

I like to serve with slices of tomato, gherkins and mayonnaise in a pitta bread or with a side salad.

Tried It? Liked It? Tweaked It? Let me know!

Patz x


  1. This looks soooo yummy!!! I will try it on Sunday and report back!! Can't wait for more recipes!! You're so right about quick and easy meals after a long days work. They have to be tasty and relatively healthy!! xx

  2. Complimenti per la tua nuova avventura del blog e per questa ricetta perfetta per i miei meatfreemondays!
    Un abbraccio,Valentina

  3. Thank you ladies you must let me know how you get on!!
    Valentina, I had no idea you had the most fabulous Card Making blog, it's fantastic I will tweet about it now! (

  4. Ciao Patz!
    just tried it tonight...delicious! We did an italian version with pecorino sardo e melanzane e zucchine grigliate!
    A funny way of eating cheackpeas!
    Camilla & Giuseppe

  5. Fabulous!!! I like your added Italian touch, sounds delicious! Un bacione

  6. Patrizia I have one question, do you boil the chickpeas before or just wash them and use them raw?

    1. Hi Casey23, if you are using canned chickpeas you don't need to cook them, just rinse them well. Would love to hear your feedback!


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