Thursday, January 29, 2015
My 7 year old loves these burgers. I wanted to make burgers but buying good quality beef is not easy and its quite expensive. So while searching for an alternative recipe I came across these burgers. The original recipe called for canned chickpeas , I tried with canned and dried varieties but the boys enjoyed the dried chickpea type more than the canned ones.
Nowadays I soak a big batch of dried chickpeas over night , boil it till tender then drain and freeze them in the freezer so I always have some presoaked and cooked chickpeas ready to use for cooking. The burgers do turn up a bit soft but the boys love squashing it up and eating it. I like to serve it with the usual burger fillings with a dollop of tzatziki sauce.
Recipe : Chickpea and Tuna Burgers recipe adapted the recipe Spicy Tuna and Chickpea patties from Bbcgoodfood.com
Makes 8 mini burgers
400g chickpeas ( presoaked and cooked OR use canned, drained)
1 can tuna (180g can)
1/2 small onion finely chopped or 2-3 spring onions finely chopped
1/2 tsp ginger (paste or grated)
1 green chilli finely chopped ( not for the kids though)
1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp red chilli powder
1 tsp freshly ground cumin
1 tbsp finely chopped coriander leaves
salt and pepper
1 tbsp flour plus extra flour to dust your work surface
8 mini burger buns
onion rings tomato slices
Tzatziki sauce ( about 1 -2 tsp for each bun)
1. Place the chickpeas in a food processor ( if you dont have one try with a blender with 1-2 tbsp water or use a potato masher and mash away) and process till chopped up. Add tuna onions, chilli and pulse a few times to mix well.
2.Transfer the contents into a large bowl. Add the spices and season well with salt and pepper. Start mixing and add 1 tbsp flour , refrigerate for 1-2 hours.
3. After 1-2 hours take it out and shape into patties dust with flour. chill another 10 minutes .
Heat a large deep frying pan , add about 2-3 tbsp olive oil or regular vegetable oil and fry the patties. Dont fiddle and keep checking give about 3-5 minutes on each side , it might spit a bit.
Gently transfer to a plate.
4. Slice the buns in the middle and press them on the hot frying pan . If these isnt any oil left, brush with a little olive oil on the cut side and lightly brown it. Remove and set a side.
To Assemble the burgers :
Place a piece of lettuce, a slice of tomato and an onion slice top with the burger pattie and then a dollop of tzatski sauce. Enjoy!!! a nice big bowl of fries goes well with this.