Summer Vibes: Chickpea, Quinoa, and Walnut Burgers

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Summer is in full flow and BBQ’s are on the menu!

I love recipes like these burgers that I can make in large batches (I often triple the recipe quantities) and freeze to have on hand for last-minute BBQ or summer party invitations where I know I may need to take my vegan own option.

Making them in bulk is a great time saver too and they work well served hot or cold, paired with a light salad or as part of a bigger main meal. You could form the mix into smaller balls rather than patties as they make a great finger food served cold for a picnic.

If you want to try with black beans or kidney beans instead of chickpeas go for it. Similarly other nuts could work well in place of walnuts. It’s a pretty versatile recipe.

Top tip- I always advise tasting the mix before forming the patties and baking, so you can adjust the flavours to suit your taste buds.

Ingredients

Makes approx. 8  burgers

1 1/2 cup cooked chickpeas

3/4 cup walnuts

1/2 cup cooked quinoa

2 tbs flax seed mixed with 1/4 cup hot water

4 sun-dried tomatoes (or 2 tbsp tomato paste)

2 tbsp tamari soy sauce or liquid aminos

1 tsp liquid smoke (optional for a richer smoky BBQ flavour)

1 tsp onion powder

1 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp smoked paprika

1 tbs beetroot powder (optional for colour)

Method

Add all ingredients to a food processor and pulse together to get a sticky coarse mixture. It should not be too sticky to make patties- if needed add up to 1/4 cup flour of choice (almond flour, gram flour, fine ground oats or plain protein powder should all work).

Add a teaspoon of coconut oil to a frying pan, fry the patties over a medium heat for a few minutes on each side until golden brown. Alternatively, they should be robust enough to BBQ or grill them.

For more ‘burger’ recipe ideas head to my recipe index: www.includingcake.com/recipe-index and type ‘burger’ in the search.

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Jo is the health and mindset coach who works with the ‘square pegs’ trying to force themselves into ‘round holes’. Her passion was born from a personal journey of plant-based nutrition being the gateway to stepping away from convention and conformity into a deeper connection with her true sense of self. When she’s not whipping up incredible dishes in the kitchen, you can find her sharing her recipes and words of wisdom over at www.includingcake.com and on Instagram @johodson