It’s apparent that we all – well, most of us I’m sure – love a good burger. We grow up watching our favourite characters in tv series, movies and cartoons tucking into this impossibly perfect food. I remember one of my siblings having a notebook with an illustration of that cat-mouse duo Tom and Jerry on the cover: Jerry wielding a potato chip with ketchup, Tom holding a burger. Leaning against each other’s backs. Smiling straight at you. Showing that they’re friends… for now. Burgers build bridges.
TIP: Working with home-cooked chickpeas instead of canned chickpeas helps the patties keep their shape. Remember to soak dried chickpeas in water overnight! Cooking them thereafter would take between 1 to 1.5 hours in a conventional pot. All this can be done in advance so that the day of patty-making doesn’t feel so overwhelming!
The cooking time in this recipe excludes the boiling of the chickpeas and includes the boiling of the potatoes.
Purple Chickpea Patties
Gorgeously hued patties with sauteed apricot and onion. BYOB (Bring Your Own Buns)!
- 2 cups cooked chickpeas
- 350 g purple sweet potatoes, boiled for 15 minutes or until tender
- 2 tbsp virgin olive oil
- 2 tbsp ground flaxseed
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 tbsp garlic powder
- 1 tbsp cumin powder
- 1 tbsp nutritional yeast
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp ginger powder
- 1/2 tsp liquid smoke
- 1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 1 large onion
- 1 sprig of fresh coriander (should amount to about 2 tablespoons finely chopped)
- cooking oil
- SAUTEED TOPPING:
- 8 dried apricots soaked for 2 hours in water and sliced thinly
- 2 large onions
- 2 tsp agave nectar
- 2 tsp balsamic vinegar
- 1/2 tsp salt
- cooking oil
- Step 1 In a food processor, mix all the patty ingredients until it becomes a rough mixture. To keep the chunkiness, do not blend for too long.
- Step 2 Between your palms, mold mixture into patties and fry with cooking oil on medium to high heat for about 3 minutes on each side or until they start to brown.
- Step 3 Remove patties from wok and put in all topping ingredients. Replenish wok with cooking oil if necessary. Fry for 10 minutes on medium heat or until the onions start to caramelize.
- Step 4 Serve immediately in a bread bun, layered with other burger fillings of your choice.