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8 April 2014

Zucchini and Chickpea Burgers (Vegetarian)

Hi, hope everyone's doing well and for those of you who also have exams are getting loads of revision done. Even though it's Easter break now I feel busier than ever and these last 4 days have been absolutely hectic, jam packed with revision - lets hope it all pays off! Earlier I was doing a biology paper when I really fancied a good veggie burger but I didn't have any chickpeas or beans in soak and then I remembered that there's a way of quick-soaking them, which I have put below.It also makes a huge batch up so I think I will freeze some of the mixture for making more burgers later :)

Ingredients:
250g dried, uncooked chickpeas
1 tsp baking soda
1 zucchini, grated
1/2 inch grated ginger
1 tsp cumin
2 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp smoked paprika
2 eggs
Pinch black pepper
Salt
4 slices wholegrain bread
3 tbsp plain yogurt
1 tsp lemon juice
handful spinach
1 tomato
grated cheese
1 tsp oil
sesame seeds

Method:

Quick-soaking:
1.Add the chickpeas, baking soda, water and a pinch of salt to a large pan, bring to the boil and boil for 5 minutes, then turn the heat off and leave for an hour.
2. Rinse the chickpeas thoroughly (at least a minute) before returning to the pan, cover with water add a pinch of salt and boil for 20 minutes (we don't want them fully cooked or they will turn to hummus when blended).

Burgers:
1. Cut the bread into circles using a cookie cutter (the size you want your burgers), place the circles to one size and put the rest of the bread into a food processor and blend until smooth.
2. Add the chickpeas and eggs to the food processor and blend again until the chickpeas are in smaller pieces.
3. Put the chickpea mixture into a bowl and mix with the zucchini, ginger, cayenne pepper, paprika, cumin and black pepper.
4. Heat up a pan with 1 tsp oil, then shape the burger into the cookie cutter and transfer to the pan, repeat this with more of the mixture and flip the burgers after a few minutes - once almost done sprinkle a touch of cheese over and leave to melt.
5. Add the bread circles to the pan, sprinkle the sesame seeds on the top bun and lightly toast before transferring to a plate, then mix the lemon juice with the yogurt and spread on the bread. Add a few spinach leaves and a slice of tomato.
6. Add the burger from the pan and top with the other circle of bread, serve up to family or friends and enjoy! Cassidy xx