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Smoky Chickpea Burgers Recipe

Smoky Chickpea Burgers Recipe

The arrival of Autumn always brings back childhood memories of bonfires and burning leaves, and the lovely smokiness in the air from the first fire in the fireplace. There’s a hint of that smoky autumn excitement in this recipe: smoked cheddar and the nuttiness of pecans give these burgers a lively flavor that needs no enhancement. They can be baked for a low-fat finish or sautéed in a little oil for a tasty toasted brown crust.

Complete protein and satisfying taste.

2 cups cooked chickpeas
2 eggs
3/4 cup grated smoked cheddar cheese
1/2 cup pecans, finely chopped
1/2 cup fresh breadcrumbs
1/2 cup grated carrots
Pinch of ground red pepper
Salt and freshly-ground black pepper, to taste
1 tablespoon soy sauce
2-3 scallions, white and green parts, minced
1 1/2 teaspoons ground coriander

1. In a food processor, combine chickpeas and eggs and process until pureed. Turn out the puree into a bowl and add the cheddar, pecans, breadcrumbs, carrots, red pepper, salt, black pepper, soy sauce, scallions, and coriander. Chill, covered, 2-3 hours.

2. When you’re ready to cook the burgers, form the mixture into 6 patties.

3. If you’re baking the burgers, preheat the oven to 350F and lightly oil a baking sheet. Place the patties on the sheet and bake 20 minutes.

4. If you’re sautéing the burgers, heat a little oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. When hot, place the patties in the frying pan and sauté 3-4 minutes on each side, or until a browned crust has formed.

Makes six 3 1/2-inch burgers.

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Adapted from The Bean Harvest Cookbook, by Ashley Miller (Taunton Press, 1998). Copyright (c) 1998 by Ashley Miller. Reprinted by permission of Taunton Press.
Adapted from The Bean Harvest Cookbook, by Ashley Miller (Taunton Press, 1998).

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Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.


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4:56AM PDT on Apr 16, 2013

Love chickpeas!

11:17AM PDT on Apr 15, 2013


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12:49AM PST on Dec 8, 2012

Thanks for sharing.

2:44PM PDT on Jul 2, 2012

Thanks Annie for the great veggie burger recipe. Will try it on the BBQ on the 4th.

5:32AM PDT on Jul 2, 2012

Thanks Great!

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12:26AM PDT on Jul 1, 2012

Grated smoked tofu could be a good vegan replacement for the cheese. Thanks for the great veg burger recipe.

10:41AM PDT on Jun 24, 2012

Sounds great! Thanks for the recipe.

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