Baked Chickpea Burgers with “Tzatziki” Sauce

Chickpea-Burgers

Several months ago we decided to add a meatless meal to the lineup each week to help with the grocery budget.  While I do repeat some of our favorite recipes, I find that adding in new dishes to the rotation keeps the family (who really likes meat) from resenting these meatless meals.  They think it’s fun to see what new thing mom has come up with, and fortunately for me, they are always willing to try the new dish.

This week’s new meatless recipe star ingredient was chickpeas.   In the past, we have had Chickpea Tacos, Chickpea Chili Wraps, and Chickpea salad, but this time the Chickpeas were turned into burgers.  Like so many of my meatless meals, it is also a quick to the table meal done in under 30 minutes.

If you are wondering why “Tzatziki” is in quotation marks, it’s because I skipped a step used in a traditional Tzatziki Sauce.  For time reasons, I skipped the traditional step of salting the cucumber to draw out the liquid.  In addition, I didn’t let it sit for hours before serving as most recipes suggest.  Still it turned out very tasty and a great companion to the Chickpea Burgers.

 

Baked Chickpea Burgers wit "Tzatziki" Sauce
 
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Enjoy a burger without the cost and fat from beef with this tasty Chickpea Baked Burger. Top it off with "Tzatziki" Sauce to make it complete
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Recipe type: Meatless Meal
Serves: 8
Ingredients
Burger Ingredients
  • 4 TBSP Olive Oil
  • 1 Large Onion, diced
  • 4 tsp minced garlic
  • 10 Baby Carrots
  • ½ cup Dried Parlsey
  • 3 cups chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup Bread Crumbs
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cumin
Tzatziki Ingredients
  • 3 cups Greek Yogurt
  • 3 TBSP Lemon Juice
  • 1 tsp Minced Garlic
  • 1 Large English Cucumber, peeled and diced
  • 1 tsp dill weed
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat ovet to 400 degrees
  2. Heat half of Olive Oil in frying pan. Add onion and saute until translucent. Let cool
  3. In food processor, blend carrot, parsley, garlic, and chickpeas until smooth.
  4. Combine chickpea mixture with onion in a bowl. Then add in remaining ingredients.
  5. Mix until fully combined. I used my hands.
  6. Lightly grease baking sheet. Form mixture into 8 patties.
  7. Using a pastry brush, coat each pattie with remaining olive oil on each side.
  8. Bake 15 to 20 minutes, until golden brown.
Tzatziki Instructions
  1. Add Cucumbers, garlic, lemon juice, dill and a bit of pepper to food frocessor. Blend until well blended.
  2. Stir into Yogurt
  3. Ideally refrigerate for a couple hours before servings
 

Since I didn’t have any hamburger buns, I simply served the Chickpea burgers with the sauce on top and for those who like them, a tomato on top.  To round the meal out, some Brocolli Florets, after all they are packed with protein too.

Since you can pick up a can of chickpeas for 59 cents at Aldi, this meal is very frugal.  The most expensive part of the meal is the Greek Yogurt.

Overall the Chickpea Burgers went over well with the family.  I do think next time I would serve them on buns since I think the kids think that is fun,

Recipe adapted from Chickpea Burger recipe on greatist.com

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