Makes about 8 burgers
Cooking and preparation time: About 45 minutes
Tidbits: We concocted this recipe based on some suggestions from one of our go-to cookbooks. The seasoning can be customized based on preferences and the end result is something tasty somewhere between a hamburger and falafel. I like to let as little as possible go to waste when making something, so I include any of the leftover toppings in the mix so that they don’t go unused.
1 medium onion
1 cup of oats
1 can of chickpeas with liquid set aside
1/4 cup walnuts
1/4 cup mix of your choice of cheeses (parmesan, swiss, goat cheese, etc)
Roughly 2-3 tablespoons of ketchup
Toppings – Tomato, lettuce, red onion, etc (optional)
Salt and pepper to taste
1. Put everything except for the toppings into a food processor. Add the seasoning based on your own personal tastes. If you are going to be putting anything on top of the burger, like a tomato, slice up what you’ll be using ahead of time, and put the remainder in the food processor. Pulse until mixed, but still chunky. The mix should be able to hold its shape, but may be a bit mushy. If it is too dry, add some of the chickpea broth, if its too runny, add some more oatmeal. Cool in the freezer for about 10-15 minutes.
2. Take the mix out of the freezer and form small patties (smaller ones will stay together better than larger ones).
3. Heat up a grill pan (if you have one) or a regular pan (preferably non-stick) to medium-high heat.
4. Coat with either spray oil or any kind of cooking oil.
5. Cook the patties for about 3-5 minutes on each side. Don’t try to flip the patties too soon though, because they may fall apart.
6. Enjoy with mustard, ketchup, and anything else you like!