Some days, when the lazy bug strikes, all I want for dinner is something really quick and simple. The less fuss and brain power required, the better.
On days like these, it’s easy to resort to fast food or instant meals that are laden with nasty grease and hidden ingredients. It doesn’t always have to be the case. Throwing together a tasty burger is surprisingly effortless. It’ll actually take you less time to make this than to get in the car and drive to your nearest drive-thru or take-away.
There is also a general notion that healthy eating is expensive. It really isn’t. This meal for two only comes up to $4 – about as much as a bottle of Coke in Australia. I can go on and on about how amazingly healthy and cancer-proofing the spices and chickpeas in this recipe are but I’m sure we’ve heard it all before.
Prep time: Under 10 minutes
Cooking time: 5 minutes
400g can chickpeas, drained
1 slice of stale bread, crumbed
1 tbsp fresh parsley, finely chopped
1 tbsp fresh coriander, finely chopped
1 tbsp spring onion, finely chopped (optional)
1 clove of garlic, minced
1 tbsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/4 tsp cayenne
1 egg (optional)
salt and pepper
coconut oil for frying
* If fresh herbs are unavailable, just use dried herbs. Egg is optional but it will help the burger to bind better.
1. Lightly process chickpeas in a food processor together with parsley, coriander and garlic. Chickpeas should still be rather chunky. As my mini food chopper died on me a few months back, I used my Vitamix on low speed instead (but I can’t say I’m particularly impressed with my Vitamix for this purpose). You can also use your hands, a fork or potato masher.
2. In a large mixing bowl, mix all ingredients together. Form mixture into three or four patties.
3. With a non-stick pan over medium-high heat, add 1-2 tbsp of coconut oil. Once oil is hot, fry your patties for 4-5 minutes on each side until golden brown. A quick word of caution, they can burn quite easily.
4. Serve with crisp salady bits and bread roll of choice. I personally prefer wholegrain rolls or sometimes, no bread at all but with a few extra bits of lettuce. Finish off with a dollop of Thai sweet chilli sauce, hummus or tzatziki. Enjoy with salad and/or baked sweet potato chips on the side.