Chronic Illness  
 April 4, 2016

Turkish Chick Pea Burgers



Anything that takes 5 minutes to make, and is delicious has my name all over it. For all my vegetarian friends, this Turkish chickpea”burger” recipe is for you! These are so full of flavor you wont even  have to ask: “Where’s the beef”? because frankly, you won’t miss it. These babies are packed with protein, herbs and spices. The bit of cayenne give these Turkish chickpea burgers a bit of kick. Feel free to omit if spiciness is not your preference.

In a way, these Turkish chickpea “burgers” are a bit like falafel, without all the deep frying, which makes them a much healthier alternative. I like to serve them with a side of greens and a yogurt garlic dip. A couple of pita wedges on the side really round out the meal. By the way the Turkish name for these vegan beauties is: nohutlu mücver.

These are so easy to make because basically all you do is mix everything together in your handy dandy food processor. What could be easier than that? I love using the slider press; it was a mother day’s gift from my daughter a few years ago.

One thing I learned through trial and error: refrigerate for an hour before you pan fry them, this will make them more solid. You can also make them ahead of time. Just make sure you cover them, so they don’t dry out. Word of warning: when you mix the ingredients in the food processor, you want to end up with a coarse paste. You don’t want to end  up with the consistency of hummus.


  • 1 can chickpeas drained and rinsed
  • ¼ cup chopped red onion
  • ¼ cup chopped parsley
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro
  • 2 Tbsp. garbanzo bean flour
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp. plain yogurt
  • 1 tsp. Kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp.dill
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • ¼ tsp. allspice
  • ¼ tsp. cayenne
  • garbanzo bean flour for dusting
  • Olive oil for pan frying.
  • Sauce:
  • 1 6 oz. container of plain yogurt
  • ¼ tsp. garlic powder

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