Yesterday was nice. It was a bit cloudy, but life is always sunnier, when you are spending time with people you love. And, lucky me! I spent dinner with my mom, Beth and Jill, so life was pretty gosh darn sunny. And dinner was delicious too. This is just the best recipe. Not only is it easy, but it is delicious, healthy, quick and filling (and cheap!). Here is our recipe for garbanzo bean burgers:
Garbanzo Bean Burgers
1 can of garbanzo beans (the same as chickpeas)
4 large organic eggs
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1/2 of an onion, diced
1 clove of garlic, diced
1 cup of sprouts (I used alfalfa sprouts)
Zest of one lemon (this makes all the difference, a great addition)
1/2 cup of bread crumbs* that are toasted
dried oregano, dried basil to taste
1. Smash beans and eggs together, until they blend to a thick, chunky "paste". Stir in salt, onion and garlic, until all ingredients are well mixed. Add in the sprouts, zest, bread crumbs and herbs to taste. The batter should be relatively thick. If it is too thin, you can add more bread crumbs. If it is too thick, just add a splash of water!
2. Heat about 1 tablespoon (give or take) of olive oil, in a fry pan, on medium heat.
3. Form burger batter into patties, about the size of a deck of cards. Place the burger patties in the fry pan, and cook covered for about 7 minutes on each side, or until browned. So simple!
We topped ours with some cheddar and Swiss cheese, extra sprouts, pickles, spinach and ketchup and mustard. You might also try tomatoes, avocados, or any other topping you love on your burger. Its so versatile, you could even experiment with different beans in the burger itself. Let me know if you try any other combinations! I would love to hear what you try.
*Bread crumbs do not have to be store bought... They are so simple to make at home, with bread that is either stale, or the butts of the bread loaf. To make them, allow bread to dry in open air, or if you need them sooner, toast bread on low heat, until dried throughout. Then, with dry bread, use a cheese grater to break into small bread crumbs. Bread crumbs last quite a long time. Simply store them in an empty jar with a lid. Just another way to reduce your waste, and use your resources!