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Mediterranean Chickpea Burger #Vegetarian Recipes

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My family has always loved falafel and they were very happy when I gave up the pre-made mix and started making my own. 

The only problem I had with my homemade falafel is that the chickpea balls would not always keep their shape, so I decided to add egg.

Mediterranean Chickpea Burger- simplelivingeating.com

I also found that it was faster to cook 4 burgers than a bunch of falafel balls... the result is the Mediterranean Chickpea burger. 

Mediterranean Chickpea Burger- simplelivingeating.com

This is an easy pantry dish to make in the summer. If you happen to see some nice lettuce and tomatoes by the road side pick them up. I keep pita bread frozen and cans of chickpeas in the pantry. I always have yogurt which is great to drizzle on top of this dish. If you have a little bit of red onion you got yourself a full fledged Mediterranean dinner. 

Mediterranean Chickpea Burger

by Diane Balch
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Keywords: fry entree vegetarian chickpeas Mediterranean summer

Ingredients (4 servings)
  • 3 tablespoons or more of extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 15 ounce cans of chickpeas drained
  • 1 cup of panko flakes or breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup of flat-leaf parsley chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon of coriander
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 egg beaten
  • for yogurt sauce:
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juices
  • salt and pepper


1) Put chickpeas with a little salt and pepper in food processor with the minced garlic, spices, parsley, and egg. Pulse until it becomes a mixture of smooth and still chunky chickpeas, Then add the panko flakes and give it a few pulses. Shape into 4 wide flat burgers.

2) In a cast iron skillet heat the olive oil on medium high. Make sure the oil is good and hot before you begin cooking the burgers. cook until brown about 5 minutes per side.

Serve on pita bread and garnish with yogurt sauce, lettuce, tomatoes and red onions.


  1. I've been in the mood to make burgers ! Thanks for this recipe Diane; it will be perfect.

  2. Diane, I am not only going to send this on to Emma but I am also going to give this a go myself. (Maybe I'll use a big, fat burger bun, however.) I already have ever single ingredient in my pantry or fridge so I am good to go. And, since my post this week is on cast iron cooking, I already have my cast iron pans at the ready. Well, I actually always have my cast iron pans at the ready.

  3. I've been making black bean burgers lately - I need to spend more time with chickpeas.

  4. I love a good black bean burger too.. this is definitely lighter.


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