These vegetarian Middle Eastern chickpea burgers are made with fresh herbs and topped with Tzatziki, a creamy cucumber-dill yogurt sauce.
Toddlers are fickle eaters – they love one thing one week and hate it the next. Right now, my five year old isn’t really into meat, choosing vegetables, beans and seafood over steak and chicken. Since it’s burger season, I knew just the solution. Cue: hearty and satisfying vegetarian Middle Eastern chickpea burgers.
Made with fresh herbs like parsley and scallions and topped with my cucumber dill Greek Tzatziki sauce, these burgers were a home run with my little guy. In fact, he ate two of them in one sitting as though it was his last meal.
If you’ve never made vegetarian burgers at home before, I urge you to give it a try. Unlike store-bought varieties made with artificial ingredients and fillers, homemade vegetarian burgers are made with simple ingredients you probably already have on hand like canned beans, bread crumbs and spices.
Luckily, everything you need for these beauties can be found at your local Kroger store. Easy, affordable and way more delicious than anything you’ll find in the freezer aisle, be sure to add these Vegetarian Chickpea Burgers with Tzatziki Sauce to your next weekly meal plan.
No forks required.
Chickpea Burgers with Tzatziki Sauce
- 15 ounces canned chickpeas drained and rinsed
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1/4 cup scallions
- 1/4 cup parsley
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne optional
- 1 large egg
- 1/3 cup panko bread crumbs
- olive oil as needed
- 4 whole wheat hamburger buns
- 4 servings Greek Tzatziki Sauce
- tomato slices, lettuce, onion slices optional to serve
- Place the first 9 ingredients (chickpeas through egg) in a high speed food processor and pulse on high until the mixture is smooth and everything is evenly incorporated. (It's ok if it's slightly chunky - texture is good.)
- Remove mixture from the food processor and place into a medium bowl. Working a couple tablespoons at a time, slowly stir in the bread crumbs. Continue adding breadcrumbs until the mixture is dry enough to form patties.
- Divide the bowl into quarters with your hands and carefully form four patties. Place patties on a platter drizzled with a little olive oil and flip once so the patties are lightly oiled on both sides.
- To cook, heat a non-stick griddle or frying pan over medium-high heat. Brown patties until golden brown, about 4-5 minutes per side.
- While the patties are cooking, make the tzatziki sauce in a separate bowl. To serve, place one patty in between each hamburger bun and top with tzatziki sauce and other designed condiments.1