Brooklyn-inspired Chickpeas Veggie Burger………Living in Brooklyn is so amazing! It is often known for it’s diversified artwork, food, people, and culture. But when it comes to food specifically, Brooklyn holds a very special place in my heart. If you’re in the mood for a nice Vegan meal, there’s a place for that! If you’re thinking Thai or Chinese maybe–there’s a place for that too! Oh, and let’s not forget our Pizza! Yummy!
It’s the best in town–thin, wide, gooey cheese, and let’s not leave out the slight crunch you hear when you take that bite. Yes, that’s pizza, the Brooklyn way! In a nutshell, Brooklyn is the place to be in regards to #GoodEats. So, it would only be right if I made a dish that included an array of bold flavors (diversely) that represented where I currently reside, right? It’s what I call “the melting pot of flavor”.
Besides, in the midst of eating healthy, you always find yourself craving the best handheld food ever known to man to exist—A Burger! Honestly, regardless of the type of Burger that you choose, it’s by far the most satisfying treat to your taste buds. Don’t you agree? Anyway, since being on a vegan diet (which I’m no longer exclusively on, by the way. Haha!), I wanted to incorporate a great tasting burger in our diet, while still remaining true to clean eating of course. And this Brooklyn-inspired chickpeas Veggie Burger did the trick!
The flavor is definitely there and because of the “meatiness” of the chickpeas, you almost forget that you aren’t having actual beef or chicken! It was definitely a recipe that will be made over and over again in our house. My husband and little guy loved it. Originally, I wanted to make my own burger buns in this recipe, however, it was a pretty busy day that day, so, I didn’t have the time to go through that entire process. However, I used potato buns and they were a great addition to everything. FYI, potato buns have a slight distinct taste (in a good way) versus the regular buns and I would definitely recommend giving them a try. But I must say that the ultimate star of this dish was the burger sauce. Now, if you’re a real “Burger Lover” then you’ll know that you can’t have a great burger without a GOOD sauce, right? Well, this sauce was a vegan sauce (no dairy, eggs, etc.) and it only included 3 ingredients, so it’s safe to say that it’s a quick and easy recipe to conjure up. I’ve included the link here if you’re interested in making it yourself: Burger Sauce recipe
Delving into the most coveted part of this dish–the patty! You’ll be surprised to know that I used Zucchini, Chickpeas, Carrots, and added seasonings, Fire Roasted Tomatoes, Jalapeno pepper, and Sriracha sauce to create it! Yes—-so many diverse flavors that worked!!! That’s Brooklyn! Haha! Slap a nice generous amount of burger sauce on top of your chickpeas veggie patty, then add lettuce, tomato, and BAM! A great Burger! To keep things light, I chose to add a side of grilled white corn (smothered in butter and garlic), which married well with the burger’s bold flavor. WINNER! WINNER!
Just as another FYI, Zucchini (one of my new favorites!) holds a lot of benefits that may be surprising to many people. While you may only think that Zucchini is a “high-bred” cucumber, you’d be amazed to know that:
- It is awesome for the Heart.
Zucchini contains good amounts of potassium that helps reduce blood pressure. It also contains moderate levels of folate that breaks down amino acids like homocysteine that cause heart attacks and strokes.
- It helps in weight loss.
Zucchini has incredibly low calories that make it a much-preferred part of any weight loss diet. Substituting calorie rich foods with a sizable portion of zucchini helps you in reducing the number of calories that are taken in.
- It improves Eye health.
The cousin vegetable, cucumber is beneficial for reducing the puffiness in the eyes. Similarly, zucchini when used externally helps to remove the puffy bags that develop around the eyes due to excessive water retention. The swelling around the eyes lessens due to the water-rich content.
- It has other benefits as well.
Due to Zucchini being a good source of vitamin C, it is considered a good food for fighting asthma. Vitamin C, a powerful anti-oxidant, plays a huge role in keeping the immune systems healthy and fighting respiratory problems. The high-fiber content in zucchini helps in lowering cholesterol. The high levels of vitamin A and Vitamin C delays the beginning of atherosclerosis by keeping the cholesterol from oxidizing the body’s blood vessels. Zucchini rids the body of excess toxins.
So, who’s ready for more Zucchini?
Be sure to check out the recipe for this delicious chickpeas Veggie Burger below.
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Brooklyn-inspired Chickpeas Veggie Burger
- 2 cups chickpeas (boiled, drained and mashed)
- 2 cups zucchini (grated and squeezed)
- 1 cup grated carrots
- 1 jalapeno pepper (mashed or chopped)
- 1/2 cup fire roasted tomatoes (minced)
- 1/4 cup organic flour
- 2 Tbsps sriracha sauce
- 1 tsp cumin powder (dry roasted)
- 1 tsp garlic (chopped or mashed)
- 1 tsp sea salt
Combine all the ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix very well with your hands. Divide into 4 medium-large patties by rolling into a ball and pressing down with your palms.
Heat your nonstick pan and grease it with cooking spray.
Now put the patty directly on the nonstick pan and let it cook for few minutes until one side turns brown then flip the patty to the other side and cook again until brown.
Repeat the same process for all the patties.
Serve warm or at room temperature with your favorite burger buns along with sliced tomatoes, lettuce and burger sauce. Feel free to add a simple salad or grilled corn on the side. Bon Appetite!
There you have it, a delicious Chickpeas Veggie Burger for the taking—Brooklyn-inspired!
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