Based on 101 Cookbooks‘ Ultimate Veggie Burger Recipe, my version of a garbanzo bean burger sandwich is the perfect lunch when in need of a light and nourishing lunch. I’ve made a couple of different versions and the recipe below always seems to be the best!
The Meatless/Bunless Healthy Burger!
1 can garbanzo beans, drained
2 large eggs
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 tsp minced garlic
3 tbsp basil leaves, finely chopped
1/2 red onion, chopped
Zest from 1 lemon
1/2 cup alfalfa sprouts
1/2 cup bread crumbs (preferably fresh)
1 tbsp olive oil for “frying”
For the toppings:
1 very ripe tomato, sliced
1/2 cup ricotta cheese
1/2 cup sprouts
Combine the garbanzo beans, eggs, garlic and salt in a food processor. Blend just a few seconds. You want the garbanzo beans to still be quite chunky. Pour into a medium-sized mixing bowl and add red onion, basil leaves, lemon zest and alfalfa sprouts. Use your hands to combine. Add bread crumbs and let mixture sit for about 5-10 minutes (the bread crumbs will sop up a bit of the moisture).
Form the mixture into 4 patties (about 1.5″ thick). Heat a non-stick griddle or frying pan and olive oil over medium heat. Place patties on griddle and cover. Cook for about 6-8 minutes on each side or until perfectly crisp.
Slice in half to create the “bun” then fill with sliced tomatoes, ricotta and sprouts.