Gluten Free Chickpea Burgers!

by Nicole on April 13, 2010

Good morning! Thank you for all your sweet comments about me being a cooking machine! My kitchen often looks like that since it is so small. I think it would always be a mess if my husband didn’t actually enjoy cleaning up after me. (It may have something to do with all the food he gets to eat!)

Yesterday I didn’t make it to yoga because I needed to sleep more. I couldn’t fall asleep Sunday night and I just didn’t get enough sleep to wake up at 5:15-5:30 to go to yoga. I ended up waking up and doing Jillian Michael’s Boost Your Metabolism and then going to work. I wanted to make a juice before I left, but I just didn’t have enough time. Do you find you are ever late when you are going somewhere you don’t necessarily want to go? That is SO me! 

When I got home a did a 20 minute yoga download (Baptiste Power Yoga 3). I am just exploring and I LOVE it. I am thinking of buying a subscription for a month and see how much I use it. The 20 minute quick yoga podcasts are quick, but they are SO good. 

While I was in Lancaster, PA, I found these Boomi bars at the local food store in their health section. I bought these two. Has anyone ever seen/had them before? I liked the ingredients because the list was short and they only have about 200 calories per bar.  I’ll let you know how they are when I eat them this week!

Dinner yesterday needed to be a quick one. I had a faculty meeting after school so I didn’t have a ton of time after school. I decided I would make turkey burgers for Danny and bean burgers for me. The first time I made bean burgers I used black beans, so this time I went with chickpeas (leftover from making hummus) and red kidney beans.  

I tried to be creative and I threw in some of the juice pulp from the juice I made when I got home. It was mostly carrots and a little bit of spinach. I also put in some red onion and a handful of baby spinach. I pulsed it in the processor. (I also snuck some of the juice pulp in Danny’s turkey burgers and he had NO clue, until I told him!)

Next I put in a little bit more than 1/4 of a cup each of kidney beans and chickpeas.
I pulsed it again and then added 1 egg white, 1/4 cup millet flour, salt, pepper, parsley. I mixed it up again and shaped into 4 burgers. 
pairs perfectly with sweet potatoes, zucchini strips and swiss chard.

Chickpea/Kidney Burgers

1/4 cup chickpeas
1/4 cup red kidney beans
1/4 cup millet flour (or any type of flour)
1 egg white
red onion (as much or as little as you’d like)
a handful of baby spinach
*I used 2 spoonfuls of juice pulp, but you can just put in 1/2 carrot or leave it out
1 tsp parsley
salt, pepper to taste

Put red onion, juice pulp and spinach in food processor and pulse. Add beans and pulse again. Add egg white, millet flour, salt, pepper and parsley. Mix up well and form into 4 patties. Cook in either olive oil spray or 1 tbs of olive oil over medium heat in a saucepan.  Serve on a bed of lettuce or with a roll. 

What is your favorite quick dinner meal for during the week? 
Enjoy the day and the spring weather!

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healthyexposures April 13, 2010 at 7:13 am

These look like they came out great, Nicole! I lovee homemade veggie/bean burgers. I can't believe I ever liked those store-bought ones! (well, at least Boca and Morngstar – haven't given other brands a chance yet!)
I saw those Boomi Bars on another blog yesterday – and wanted one so bad! haha. I'm trying to remember if I saw them at the co-op last I was there or not!
Have a great day :)


Simply Life April 13, 2010 at 7:40 am

wow, that is so impressive! I need to work on making veggie burgers from scratch – I just never eat them because I don't want to buy them frozen but am a bit scared to try making them! Thanks for the recipe!


Estela @ Weekly Bite April 13, 2010 at 7:56 am

What a great idea! I'm embarrassed to admit that I've never made a bean burger before. They're so easy too!

Have a great day!


Christine @ Grub, Sweat and Cheers April 13, 2010 at 10:45 am

oh they look lovely…another one I have to try. I used to have tons of juice pulp in the freezer but ended up putting it in my compost bin…that's a good way to use it!


Kelly @ Healthy Living With Kelly April 13, 2010 at 11:00 am

YAY! Another GF recipe to try! Thanks!!


lynn @ the actors diet April 13, 2010 at 12:42 pm

i've never made homemade burgers before – i don't know why!!!


Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) April 13, 2010 at 10:27 pm

the burgers look awesome!!! and i am not a fan of sneaking foods in in general but for men, honestly to help them!! that's what we are doing, right! but to help them, sometimes you just gotta sneak and tell later. or never :) And the boomi bars, have had one and i recall it to be delish!


pegasuslegend April 14, 2010 at 5:50 am

what a great idea….I am wondering how the texture was, I love chickpea's reminds me of hummus?


Belinda @zomppa April 14, 2010 at 9:58 am

Love the great combination.


Table Talk April 14, 2010 at 11:24 am

I make a chickpea burger similar to this, only I add a little bit of sun dried tomatoes and low fat feta…I like the way the feta melts out a bit and get kind of crispy :)


whataboutsummer April 14, 2010 at 3:37 pm

Looks good going in and out of the processor!


sunshineandsnowflakes April 14, 2010 at 4:03 pm

I'm so making these, they look amazing!


Travel Eat Love April 14, 2010 at 8:45 pm

I love doing a mid week "salad bar" at home, where I lay out lettuce and spinach and then a ton of toppings like roasted red peppers, corn, betters, jalapenos etc. We each make up our own salads and everything left over gets stored away for lunch in tupperware.


Megan @ Healthy Hoggin' April 15, 2010 at 2:27 am

Those burgers look awesome! Way to go using up that juice pulp! I'm pretty bad at saving mine for anything else…

My favorite quick dinner is definitely roasted veggies and quinoa– they both cook in roughly 20 minutes, and my husband and I love it!! So satisfying. ;)


Mandy August 15, 2010 at 9:09 am

Wow these look delish! How many servings does the recipe make? It doesn’t seem like a hell of a lot but I wouldn’t want to make too many burgers and have it go to waste either! :P


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