Chickpea Burgers with Tahini Sauce

  • Yield: 8-10 servings


One 15-ounce can (or 1 1/2 cups cooked) chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained and rinsed
1 yellow onion, finely chopped
3cloves garlic, minced
1/4cup chopped fresh parsley
2tablespoons tahini
1 1/2 to 2teaspoons ground cumin
1teaspoon ground coriander
1/2teaspoon salt
1/8teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4teaspoon cayenne pepper
1teaspoon lemon juice
1teaspoon baking powder
1cup plain bread crumbs
4 buns or pita pockets
One 6-ounce container plain nondairy yogurt
1 to 2tablespoons tahini
1/2 cucumber, peeled, seeded, and finely chopped
1 to 2teaspoons lemon juice
1teaspoon finely minced fresh parsley
Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Heat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Pulse the chickpeas in a food processor until thick and pasty. (You may mash them by hand, but it is a little more labor- intensive and time- consuming.) Transfer to a medium- size bowl.
  3. To the bowl, add the onion, garlic, parsley, tahini, cumin, coriander, salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper, lemon juice, and baking powder. Slowly add the bread crumbs until the mixture holds together. Add more bread crumbs, as needed. Shape into patties.
  4. Place on a nonstick cookie sheet and bake for 10–12 minutes, or until golden brown on the bottom. Using a spatula, flip each patty over, and cook for 10–12 minutes more until the other side is golden brown. Remove from the oven. Alternatively, you may fry the patties with a little oil in a pan on the stovetop.
  5. Meanwhile, in a small bowl combine the yogurt, tahini, cucumber, lemon juice, parsley, salt, and pepper to taste. Chill for at least 30 minutes, and serve with the chickpea burgers, along with lettuce, tomato, and onion on a bun or in a pita pocket.


Excerpted from THE 30-DAY VEGAN CHALLENGE by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau. Copyright © 2011 by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau. Excerpted by permission of Ballantine Books, a division of Random House, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.

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