Spicy Cilantro-Basil Chickpea Burgers

For vegetarians, the BBQ can be an unwelcome feature of summer. With hamburgers, hotdogs, and ribs a-plenty, many vegetarians find themselves left out of barbecue scene all together.

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How many grilled veggies is one girl supposed to eat?!

There ARE other options for a vegetarian-friendly summer BBQ. You could try my red lentil, spinach, and carrot burgers, or if you’re jonesing for something spicy, try these spicy cilantro-basil chickpea burgers! High in protein and fibre, vegetarian (and easily made vegan), and super tasty, these babies are the perfect veggie-friendly solution to your summer BBQ woes. Carnivores even like ’em too!

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You’re gonna need:

1 can chick peas, rinsed and drained

1/3 c coriander

1/3 c basil

Dash of lemon juice

1/4 c egg whites

2 tsp cayenne pepper

1 1/2 tsp salt

1 tbsp olive oil (if you have spicy oil, use it!)

1/2 c breadcrumbs

1/2 c chick pea flour (can also use quinoa flour/oat flour/whole wheat flour)

First off, grab a food processor or blender (a food processor is undeniably easier, but since mine is currently out of commission, I’m using a blender). Add your chick peas, egg whites, lemon juice, olive oil, herbs, and spices.

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And blend ’em up.

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A few chunks left behind is ok! Pour this into a mixing bowl, and add your breadcrumbs, flour, and salt.

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Stir thoroughly, and form into burger patties.

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BBQ for about 5 minutes on each side. To be safe and avoid the anger associated with the oh-so-frustrating food falling through BBQ cracks, I cook them on aluminum foil.

Serve them on a bun, or just as is! Top with whatever veggies suit you– I added basil from my garden!

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