Ceci Burgers

Chickpea Burgers
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Most people know them as garbanzo beans or chickpeas, but growing up in my Italian family 'Ceci Beans' was the only term we ever used. (Pronounced chay-chee) This has always been a favorite food and I'm always looking for new ways to add them to our plate. A golden crisp crust on the outside but soft and creamy on the inside - with a decidedly Tuscan flavor profile going on. Delicious served with a tender spinach and ripe tomato salad. If you dont dig eating vegetarian, these make a really good side dish for grilled steak!
  • One 15-ounce can chickpeas or garbanzo beans, well drained
  • 1 egg
  • 3 finely chopped scallions
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon Gourmet Garden Chile Pepper blend (fresh herb in tubes in produce section) or use half of a roasted red pepper from a jar, finely diced
  • 1 teaspoon Gourmet Garden Italian Blend (or use ¼ teaspoon each dried basil and dried rosemary)
  • ⅓ cup Progresso Italian or Panko bread crumbs
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  1. Place the chick peas in a medium shallow bowl and mash with a fork until crumbly but leaving some texture. Blend in the egg, scallions, garlic, red pepper blend, Italian herb blend, breadcrumbs, salt and pepper.
  2. Measure out about ⅓ cup of mixture and form into small thick patty. Do not flatten out or burgers will be dry. I use a small doughnut cutter to mold my burgers.
  3. Heat the oil in a nonstick skillet over medium heat.
  4. Gently cook both sides until golden brown.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: Makes 6 burgers
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