Thursday, January 29, 2015

Chickpea Burgers

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

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.


  1. I use to soak the chickpeas and freeze them but I don't cook them... I will try next time to cook half of them :)
    The burgers look yummy, I will keep this recipe to try it

  2. the burgers look really good dear... thanks for sharing...

  3. I would love these burgers too. Chickpea and tuna are my favourites.

  4. These look and sound delicious and I have most of the ingredients to make it!

  5. Looks so yummy ....lovely recipe as well really filling !


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