THE FOOD MEDIC | TANDOORI CHICKPEA & COURGETTE BURGERS | JULY 2017

It’s no secret that I’m a big meat eater, but there’s something about a veggie burger that is just so satisfying and moreish that I find myself craving this over a beef burger.

The base of this burger is chickpeas, a staple ingredient in my cupboard and in many of my recipes. They’re packed full of protein, so make a great meat alternative, not to mention all the fibre, vitamins, and minerals they contain. This recipe also works well as a brunch option with a runny poached egg served on top.

INGREDIENTS:

1 small onion, diced

1 garlic clove, crushed or grated

 2 tbsp coconut oil

1 x 400g tin of chickpeas, rinsed and drained

 ½ courgette, grated

1 tbsp tahini

1–2 tbsp Oatly milk

50g oats

½ tsp turmeric

  ½ tsp ground cumin

 ½ tsp chilli powder

Salt and black pepper

Makes 5-6 burgers

TO SERVE:

Salad of your choice.

Fry the onion and garlic in a teaspoon of the coconut oil until soft and translucent.

Place the chickpeas in a food processor along with the courgette, tahini, milk, oats and seasoning, to taste. Pulse until they are combined, but not completely smooth, to retain a bit of texture.

Divide the mixture into 5 or 6 palm-sized burgers. Place on a tray in the fridge for 30–60 minutes to firm up. Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/gas mark 4.

Heat the remaining coconut oil in a non-stick frying pan and cook the burgers for about 5–10 minutes on both sides to crisp up the outside and seal in the moisture.

Place the burgers on a tray lined with greaseproof paper and bake in the oven for 20–25 minutes.

Serve these up with a salad of your choice. I love mine alongside lettuce, tomatoes, sprouts and avocado.

 

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