Sometimes substituting a recipe ingredient out of necessity creates a new and tasty flavor profile. That’s how Chickpea Patties with Artichokes was born. I ran out of red peppers when making a veggie burger recipe from my cookbook. I substituted with artichoke hearts, adjusted the other ingredients, and voila – new awesomeness!
Gluten-free? Consider using grilled portobello mushrooms as a delicious and nutritious substitute for buns. Bunless burgers can rock!
- Cook quinoa
- Make flax egg
- Saute onions and garlic; season
- Chop chickpeas, artichokes, and greens
- Mix all ingredients together; form into burger patties and cook
Chickpea Patties with Artichokes
- 1/4 cup dry red quinoa, rinsed
- 3/8 cup water (1/4 cup plus 1/8 cup)
- 2 teaspoons ground flax seeds
- 3 Tablespoons water; measure carefully
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 3/4 cup diced red or white onion
- 3 cloves garlic, diced
- 1/2 teaspoon Himalayan sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1 15-ounce can unsalted garbanzo beans (about 1-1/2 cups) rinsed and drained
- 3/4 cup chopped artichoke hearts, such as Native Forest brand
- 3/4 cup chopped greens, such as spinach, arugula, kale
- 3/8 cup garbanzo bean flour (1/4 cup plus 1/8 cup) or other flour of your choice
- 1 Tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon refined avocado oil for cooking the burgers
- Put the quinoa and water into a small saucepan over high heat. As soon as it starts to boil, reduce the heat, cover the pan, and gently simmer for about 12 minutes, or until the liquid is absorbed and the quinoa is al dente. Adjust the heat, if necessary, to keep it at a gentle simmer. When al dente, remove the pan from the heat but keep it covered for another 5 to 10 minutes.
- In the meantime, put the ground flax seed into a large bowl with the water and set it aside; it will thicken to create a “flax egg.”
- Heat 1 teaspoon of oil in a ceramic nonstick skillet or cast iron skillet over medium-high heat with a bit of diced onion. When the onion begins to gently sizzle, add the remaining onion, garlic, salt, and paprika. Cook, stirring occasionally, for about 5 minutes, or until softened.
- Put the garbanzo beans into a food processor and pulse until roughly chopped; do not blend smooth. Alternatively, you can smash the beans with a fork or potato masher. You can also opt to chop them with a chef's knife.
- Add the cooked quinoa, cooked veggies, garbanzo beans, artichoke hearts, greens, and flour to the large bowl with the flax egg; mix everything together with your hands. If the batter isn’t holding together, add a bit more of the flour.
- Press the batter into 4 tightly formed patties; push against the edges of the patties with your hands or the flat side of a knife to compact.
- Heat the oil in the skillet over medium-high to high heat with a bit of the batter. When it begins to sizzle, add the patties and cook until golden on both sides. You want the oil to be hot enough so they sizzle, but not burn.
Jarred artichoke hearts typically contain citric acid. If you’re concerned about this ingredient, I suggest soaking (or at least rinsing) the artichokes, then shaking out the water before using.
Chickpeas and garbanzo beans are two different names for the exact same ingredient in the legume family.
Using a cast iron ribbed pan is an alternative method for getting grill marks on your burgers (and more).
Yes, however, if you use a stainless steel skillet you will need to use more oil so the burgers don’t stick to the pan.
If you enjoy this recipe you may also like another recipe I created called Grillable Veggie Burgers.