CHICK PEA AND WALNUT BURGERS

Chick Pea nad Walnut Burgers (10)

These burgers take less than 45 minutes to put together and are full of the kind of goodness your body craves after a stressful day.

Chick Pea nad Walnut Burgers (11)

They make the perfect evening meal choice as one of the ingredients is especially fantastic for improving your sleep – that ingredient is walnuts!! Walnuts naturally contain melatonin which helps control your sleep cycle. This means that eating them a few hours before bed can really help you to get to sleep. As we get older our natural melatonin levels will decrease, making it all the more important to get it from dietary sources.

Using chickpeas in these burgers is great for the consistency as well as the overall nutrition of your meal. One cup of chickpeas contains an impressive 15 grams of protein as well as 13 grams of dietary fiber and just 4 grams of fat. Add to that that there is no bad cholesterol in chickpeas but there is a fantastic range of much needed vitamins and minerals.

INGREDIENTS

½ an onion, diced,
1 cup of walnuts (I used walnut “topping” in the baking section – finely chopped already!)
1 (15oz) can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 cup of whole-wheat flour (I used all purpose baking mix)
1 cup of mushrooms, chopped finely
2 cloves of garlic, minced
½ a cup milk
A dash of sea salt
1 tbsp of basil (I used gourmet gardens basil paste)

 

DIRECTIONS

IF YOU HAVE A FOOD PROCESSOR YOU CAN ADD EVERYTHING GRADUALLY AND BLEND.  IF YOU DON’T HAVE A FOOD PROCESSOR MASH THE CHICKPEAS AS WELL AS YOU CAN AND ADD THE REST OF THE INGREDIENTS. The mixture doesn’t have to be totally smooth. If you find it is too dry then add in milk as necessary or if you find it is too moist then feel free to add in more flour.

Take a handful of the mixture at a time and make into patties.  I USE THE GEORGE FORMAN GRILL AND COOK ABOUT 8 MINUTES BUT YOU CAN BAKE THESE IN THE OVEN OR OUTDOOR GRILL – YOU JUST HAVE TO COOK TWICE AS LONG.

THIS RECIPE MADE 6 LARGE BURGERS!

ADAPTED FROM:  https://theflexifoodie.wordpress.com/2015/04/15/chickpea-and-walnut-burgers/

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