*For the last couple of days I had some Burger cravings. A friend of mine recommended me this amazing recipe for a Quinoa Chickpea Burger by Pure Ella. We loved it. Here you go:
Serves 4 | Prep time : 15 minutes (with pre-cooked chickpeas and quinoa)
1 small onion
2-3 cloves of garlic
1 cup rinsed and drained chickpeas from a can (or pre-cooked)
3/4 cup cooked quinoa (great to use leftovers)
1/2 red bell pepper bunch of fresh cilantro or fresh parsley
2 tablespoons chickpea flour + extra
3 tablespoons for coating
1-2 teaspoons of sea salt freshly ground black pepper
1/2 – 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional) grape seed oil for cooking (we added a few mushrooms in between optional)
In a large cast iron pan, drizzle in a little grape seed oil and fry the onion and garlic until slightly golden but not burned. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
Dice the red pepper into small pieces, chop the cilantro; and set aside.
In a food processor, process the chickpeas until they turn to a slightly textured paste, be sure to turn off the food processor and scrape down the sides to get all the chickpeas ground up. Transfer into a large bowl.
Add all the ingredients, including the sauteed onion and garlic, in the bowl and mix to combine. Season to your liking (because everything is cooked you can taste the mixture and adjust seasoning.)
Take a large plate and sprinkle a few tablespoons of chickpea flour on it. Scoop some of the mixture onto your hands and shape into a ball, the size of a golf ball, and then press gently to make a patty. Drop into the chickpea flour to coat evenly. If too much flour sticks to the patty then gently dust it off with your fingers or a pastry brush. You should have a very light coating all over the patties/ burgers.
Reheat that same large cast iron pan to medium heat. Drizzle in a little more oil and place the patties in to fry. Cook for about 2-3 minutes on each side until the bottom is nicely browned.
Serve with a big salad for a healthy lunch or dinner. Or with cut up veggies on the side for kids. Makes a great party small-plates or potluck party dish! Enjoy!
Thank you Pure Ella- check out her Blog and discover her amazing recipes!*