Who doesn't love a good burger? Whether you're a meat-eater or vegan, this recipe is sure to become a favourite in your home. It has a falafel-like consistency and it's packed with goodness. The fresh herbs, garlic and onions give it tons of flavour and the carrots make it moist. No one likes a dry burger, ick!
Of course, whenever I post a recipe, in true nutritonista form, I must share the health benefits of chickpeas and tell you why this burger joyous-health-approved:
Keeps you satisfied and controls appetite - In the latest research, a study showed that a specific fibre in garbanzo beans helped to control appetite and those participants ate fewer processed food snacks and ate less food overall when their diet was supplemented with garbanzo beans.
High in fiber - In one study, the high fiber specifically from chickpeas showed a reduction in LDL-cholesterol, total cholesterol, and triglycerides.
Keeps your colon clean and joyous - 65-75% of the fiber found in garbanzo beans is insoluble fiber which remains undigested all the way down to the final segment of your large intestine (colon). Recent studies have shown this fiber can be metabolized by bacteria in the colon to produce relatively large amounts of short chain fatty acids (SCFAs), including acetic, propionic, and butyric acid. These SCFAs provide fuel to the cells that line your intestinal wall. By supporting the energy needs of our intestinal cells, the SCFAs made from garbanzo fibers can help lower your risk of colon problems, including your risk of colon cancer.
Now there are more health benefits to this burger aside from just the chickpeas. The garlic, fresh herbs, ground almonds and carrots are truly superfoods, but I must get on to the recipe. Please feel free to check out other links on joyous health for more health benefits of these superfoods.
1 can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained and rinsed
1/2 cup almond flour or ground almonds
1/2 cup ground chia or flax (or mixture of both)
1/2 cup carrots, grated
1/4 cup red onion, diced
1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
1 tsp ground cayenne or dried red hot chili flakes
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
Toss all ingredients into a food processor and blend into a paste. They will be sticky, which is exactly how you want them.
Heat your grill to medium or feel free to pan sear them in 1 tbsp coconut oil on the stove top. If you're using a grill with a lid, they take about 5-6 minutes to grill.
Plate them with a beautiful leafy green salad alongside some ripe avocado. Top with green onion and drizzle with organic cold-pressed olive oil and balsamic. You could also roll these into little balls and have them like baked falafel.
Makes 8 small patties. Try to get BPA-free Canned Chickpeas (if possible). If you only have whole almonds on hand, use a food processor to grind them up.
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