I call these “hummus” burgers because they have the same ingredients as hummus: chick peas, lemon, garlic, and tahini paste. They are easy to make, delicious, vegan (without the cheese on top), gluten free, and kind of like a kitchen sink for leftover veggies. Whatever you have leftover you can throw in- I recommend broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, onions, mushrooms, peas, corn, or any other solid non-leafy veggie that could be served warm as a side dish (i don’t recommend celery, radishes, tomatoes, or leafy greens like lettuce, though heartier greens like kale and spinach could work if finely chopped).
- 1 can organic garbanzo beans/chick peas (my cans are 15.5 ounces, a little more or less wont matter)
- Zest of one organic lemon
- Juice of one organic lemon
- 1 clove organic garlic (or one teaspoon chopped jarred organic garlic)
- Fresh, raw vegetables: I used 2 organic carrots, a handful of chopped organic portobello mushrooms, 1/4 organic red onion
- Handful of frozen organic peas
- 2 tablespoons organic unsalted tahini paste
- 1/4-1/2 teaspoon grill seasoning
- 1 tablespoon organic quinoa flour (almond, rice, or any other flour would work well here too)
- 2 tablespoons organic coconut oil
Rinse and drain the chick peas, put in a food processor with the lemon zest, lemon juice, and garlic. Pulse until the chick peas are broken into pea size and smaller pieces. Scoop into a medium mixing bowl. The mixture should look chunky:
I wilted some kale and spinach together as a side. I topped my burger with goat cheese and balsamic vinegar.
My husband had a bun with his and put brie and red onion on top. He added ketchup after the picture was taken.
I made this meal for about $5.00 for two ($2.50 per serving). Every single thing was organic- organic chickpeas for $0.99, leftover organic vegetables ($2.50 worth), $1.00 in spinach and kale, and 50 cents for the coconut oil, spices, and quinoa flour. If you chose to do this recipe with conventional ingredients you will spend less, but $5.00 for organic?! Why not try it even if you’ve never done it!