Southwest chipotle chickpea burgers [Vegetarian]

I was inspired to make chickpea burgers by Kelly's recipe for Potato Chickpea Burgers that feature the flavors of curry. Because it's summer time and a favorite season to enjoy the spicy flavors of the southwest, I decided to go a different route and feature chipotle chilies in the chickpea burgers.

The burgers have a smokey flavor, and are dense and filling, making them perfect for a vegetarian burger fix.

These patties are vegan save for the breadcrumbs I used. If you want to keep it vegan, you can try a vegan breadcrumb option, or skipping the bread crumbs and using quinoa flakes or corn meal instead. You can also try leaving out the bread crumbs our entirely and adding a little extra oil to the pan to keep the patties from sticking as they cook. These are a bit on the delicate side so I wouldn't toss them on the BBQ grill unless you use a mesh rack.

I served these on hamburger buns topped with sprouts, lettuce, roasted red pepper, and chipotle mayonaise. Add some chips and one of these homemade salsas or guacamole and you're set!

© Jaymi Heimbuch

Chipotle chickpea burgers
1 can chickpeas (1 15-oz can)
2 new potatoes, cooked and cut into quarters
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 large tomato, coarsely chopped
1 small jalepeño, minced (optional)
2 chipotle chiles in adobo sauce
1 tsp salt
Freshly ground pepper
1/3 c bread crumbs (or quinoa flakes or corn meal)
Olive oil

1. In a small skillet, heat a little olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the onions and sauté until translucent and just starting to brown. Add the minced jalapeño and saute for 2-3 minutes, until just softened. Add the tomatoes and cook until softened. Remove from heat.

2. Combine the chickpeas, chipotle chiles and quartered potatoes in a food processor or a large bowl with a wand blender. Pulse until smooth. Add the onion and tomato mixture and spices, and stir with a spoon or fork until thoroughly combined.

3. On a large plate, sprinkle bread crumbs (or quinoa flakes or corn meal). Place the patty in the bread crumbs and turn to coat the outside of the patty.

4. In a large skillet, heat a little olive oil over medium heat. Add the patties and cook until golden, about 3-5 minutes. Flip and cook the other side until golden.

5. Serve on a bun with lettuce, tomato, and all the other fixings you love best on a burger. Enjoy!

© Jaymi Heimbuch

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