Friday, March 13, 2009

Pumpkin Chickpea Burgers

One of my readers (Hi Leslie!) passed along this recipe to me, and since I like those veggie burgers I thought I'd give these a try. I wasn't sure how my family would react to these I tested them out for my lunch one day.

Pumpkin Chickpea Burgers
1 medium onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp oil (or cooking spray)
1 cup chickpeas/garbanzo beans (I used canned, rinsed & drained)
1/2 cup canned pure pumpkin puree
1/3 cup quick cooking oats
1/4 tsp sage
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp nutmeg
Salt and pepper to taste

In a large skillet, saute onion and garlic in oil for about 5 minutes or until soft, then set aside. In a large bowl, mash beans with a fork. Be sure to mash most of the beans until a paste forms, leaving some whole beans are okay.
Add pumpkin, oats and seasonings to beans. Add onions and garlic to mixture. Mix until well combined. Allow mixture to rest in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes, the mixture can be left overnight or up to 3 days.
Divide bean mixture into 4 equal balls. With hands, shape mixture into patties about 3 inches around and 1/2 inch thick.
To cook patties, bake in 350 degree oven for 20-30 minutes, turning once. Or, place 1 tsp oil in large skillet over medium heat. Place patties into pan and cook for about 5 minutes. Turn patties and cook an additional 5 minutes, or until patties are browned on both sides.

Special Burger Sauce
2 tbsp. mayonnaise
1 1/2 tsp. ketchup
1 tsp. chili sauce (I used a Thai sweet chili sauce)
1 tsp. sweet relish

I pan fried these and served these up burger style with the special sauce above. So you want my honest review? Well, I thought they were OK, the nutmeg in them was throwing me off I think. Also I'm not sure, maybe I should've cooked them longer? But they just kinda mushed away when eaten.
Don't let my review throw you off though. I've heard from others how much they loved them. Give them a try if you like this sort of thing, and you can see for yourself.

Also, if anyone has a favorite recipe for a veggie burger (like the garden burgers), please let me know! I would love to recreate those!


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5 Lovely Comments:

Anonymous said...

These sound great! I'm going to have to give them a try on unsuspecting family members. =)

Leslie M. said...

Hiya Honey, they look Wonderful!!! Did you let the mixture sit in the Fridge long enough??? I let mine sit all day!
I cook mine till they are golden like yours!!
Honestly yours look great!!!! I don't put a sauce on top!
Now to be honest I do NOT eat meat, so your taste buds may have been expecting something else??
But these are a YUM YUM In my book!!

Rachelle S said...

Leslie- yes, I made the mixture in the morning (nothing like cooking onions & garlic at 9am, lol) and let them refrigerate till noonish. I'm thinking maybe if I made 5 patties, and made them thinner. These were kinda thick and probably couldn't get "cooked" through.

James said...

Those looks so yummy. I love burger which is my common food. Thanks for recipe. Let me try.

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