When I stopped eating beef, I realized I started to really miss the act of eating a burger.
There is something very ritualistic about grilling and burgers. As if to signal the start to enjoy the longer days on the back patio with good friends and beer. I love the fresh air, the slight chill as night approaches, and the smell of a good charcoal grill or fire pit (I especially love a good camp fire.)
But without a good burger, something just seems to be missing.
A frozen veggie patty out of a box just doesn’t feel right. I want a burger that has been crafted like it’s meat counterpart might have been.
This recipe is simple, delicious, and has a texture I love in veggie burgers: crunchy outsides and not all mushy insides. I opted for spinach to stay in season but I plan on changing it up once spinach is no longer in season. The burger comes together rather quickly and is prepped for the grill in the oven (so no need to worry about it falling apart once you reach the grill.) I usually go through the baking process and then freeze them so that whenever I want one, they are ready to go.
Flavors can be changed and this can easily be adapted for either/both vegan or gluten-free ( I highly suggest you check out Angela’s recipe for suggestion on this as her burger is both!) You can also change up the flavor depending on the seasonings you have available and once the burger is off the grill, the topping possibilities are endless!
- ½ cup chickpeas (drained, if using canned)
- ¼ cup onion, diced
- 1 cup spinach, packed
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- ½ tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon oregano
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 2 tablespoons sunflower seeds
- 1 egg
- ¼ cup whole wheat pastry flour
- ½ cup whole wheat bread crumbs
- pinch salt
- Combine chickpeas and onion in a food processor, pulse a few times to break up the chickpeas. Add in spinach, oil, soy sauce, oregano, paprika, and sunflower seeds, pulse a few more times.
- Add in egg, salt, flour, and bread crumbs, pulsing until mixture comes together and is well blended. Remove from food processor, run your hands under water, and shape patties. If grilling out, bake in an oven for 10 minutes in order to get a start on the burger. If pan frying, you can use right away.
- If pan frying, cook over medium-low heat for roughly 6-8 minutes on each side. The outside should be browned and crispy.