Vegan Za'atar Chickpea Burger Recipe with Caramelized Onions
A Chickpea Burger recipe that is crispy, packed with plant-based protein, fragrantly spiced with Za’atar. Pair this winning veggie pattie with your favorite burger bun, spicy caramelized onions, and Tahini Dill Sauce! These bodies are Nutfree and soy free. Can be made Glutenfree with Glutenfree flour
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F ( 205c) if baking.
In a food processor, add cauliflower and coriander seeds and process to a coarse mixture.
Add the chickpeas, zaatar, sun dried tomato, cilantro, salt, garlic, ginger, flax eggs and pulse a few times (5 second pulses) so most of the chickpeas disintegrate. There should be almost no whole chickpeas and half of them should be pureed.
Add the onion, pepper flakes, oil. Mix and mash. Taste and adjust salt and spice.
Add flour or breadcrumbs if the mixture is too wet. Add another flax egg if the mixture is too dry.
Shape into patties by packing a 1/3 cup of the mixture into a 3 inch cookie cutter or by hand. Freeze the patties for 10 minutes before pan frying. Make thinner patties to panfry. (The the patties stick too much to the skillet, dust in flour before panfrying)
Pan fry with a little oil for 3 to 4 minutes each side. Or Brush oil on top and bake at 400 degrees F for 20 minutes, then flip and bake for 5 minutes.
The key to less crumbly patty here is blending up the chickpeas well. With large the pieces, the patty can get crumbly. Overblended chickpeas get a mashed bean texture so you want the texture somehweee in between. Serve with spicy or plain caramelized onions, hummus, mayo or ranch, and other toppings of choice.
In a pan heat oil on medium heat. Add the onions, salt and sugar and cook for 4 to 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until onions are translucent.
Add the cayenne and paprika, mix and cook for another few minutes until golden.
The key to less crumbly patty here is blending up the chickpeas and other ingredients well. If the pieces are too big, the patty can get crumbly.
I served these burgers with tahini dill sauce and caramelized onions but feel free to add your own twist. Hummus is a great addition too. Mayo or ranch? Always - and I also listed plenty of other ideas for burger toppings at the end of the post.
You can add in some walnuts for variation
Serve the patties with spicy or plain caramelized onions.
If you are not too keen on Za'atar, use garam masala. That works perfectly in the patties as well.
Taste and adjust the burger patty mix before baking but take into account that the flavors get enhanced after the patties are baked/cooked.