Spicy BBQ Chickpea Burgers

This burger is really good.  I would highly recommend not telling your kids it's a "burger" or else they'll be expecting a beef patty with ketchup & American cheese and I could see how that would be disappointing! I told my kids we were having sandwiches and they ate them happily.  

I found this burger on one of my favorite vegan blogs, Oh She Glows.  I did make a couple changes to make it simpler and more to our liking but for the most part, her recipe was amazing!  I just made these for the second time yesterday and I minced the veggies as small as possible without pulverizing them, and pulsed the chickpea mixture a little more in the food processor to make it a stickier batter and the burgers held together better when I cooked them.  You could definitely make this without a food processor but you'll need to mash the chickpeas with the rice really well with a potato masher or fork.  I recommend minute rice because it seems to cook softer (and much faster) and you want the rice soft to bind the burger together.  Either white or brown rice is fine, depending on what you like and what you  have on hand.

Spicy BBQ Chickpea Burgers, Vegan
recipe adapted from Oh She Glows

3/4 c. minute rice (white or brown)
2 cans chickpeas, drained well
1/4 c. minced red onion
1/2 c. minced red or yellow bell pepper
1 jalapeno, ribs & seeds removed, minced
1 small carrot, grated
3 garlic cloves, pressed or minced
1/4 c. chopped cilantro
1/4 c. bbq sauce
1/2 tsp. Tony's (or other seasoned salt + dash of cayenne)
1/2 tsp. sea salt
2 Tb. ground flax seed

Prep the veggies before cooking the rice.  Put the rice in the microwave or cook on the stove as directed.  Drain the chickpeas well and add to the bowl of your food processor.  Once the rice is done add the hot rice to your food processor and pulse until combined, leave a few small chunks.  Don't try to use cold rice because it gets too firm.  Once the chickpea/rice mixture is ready pour it into a mixing bowl and add the veggies, cilantro, bbq sauce, seasoning and flax.  Combine well.  Taste and adjust seasoning.  Form into patties, packing the burger mixture tightly.  Preheat a skillet, I recommend cast iron, to medium-high heat.  Cook the burgers 3-4 minutes on each side until browned well and warm throughout.  Serve on toasted buns with lettuce, tomato, onion and bbq sauce.  We ate these with oven fries.

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