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Greek Chickpea & Walnut Burgers

Total Time

Prep: 30 min. + chilling Grill: 10 min.

Makes

5 servings

Even meat eaters love this easy vegetarian burger. Top with cucumber sauce or simply use lettuce and tomato. —Jess Apfe, Berkeley, California
Greek Chickpea & Walnut Burgers Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Ingredients

  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 medium carrot, shredded
  • 1/3 cup crumbled reduced-fat feta cheese
  • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup Greek olives
  • 4 sprigs fresh parsley, stems removed
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper
  • 1 can (15 ounces) garbanzo beans or chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • TZATZIKI SAUCE:
  • 1 cup finely chopped cucumber
  • 1/2 cup reduced-fat plain yogurt
  • 1/4 cup fat-free sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh mint or 1 teaspoon dried mint
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • BURGERS:
  • 5 whole wheat hamburger buns, split
  • 5 lettuce leaves
  • 5 slices tomato

Directions

  1. In a food processor, combine the first 11 ingredients; cover and pulse four times. Add chickpeas; pulse until chopped. Refrigerate for at least 45 minutes. Combine the sauce ingredients; refrigerate until serving.
  2. Shape chickpea mixture by 2/3 cupfuls into patties. Using long-handled tongs, moisten a paper towel with cooking oil and lightly coat the grill rack.
  3. Grill burgers, covered, over medium heat or broil 4 in. from the heat for 3-5 minutes on each side or until a thermometer reads 160°.
  4. Serve on buns with lettuce and tomato; top each with 1/4 cup tzatziki sauce.

Nutrition Facts

1 each: 425 calories, 17g fat (3g saturated fat), 93mg cholesterol, 908mg sodium, 53g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 9g fiber), 19g protein.

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