Chickpea Burgers & Tahini Sauce

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Chickpea Burgers & Tahini Sauce

Chickpea Burgers & Tahini Sauce

Rather than a heavy, fried falafel, here's an updated version of this pocket sandwich: a light chickpea patty served in a whole-wheat pita with a flavorful but light tahini sauce.

Nutrition Profile: Heart Healthy   High Fiber   Low Cholesterol   Low Sat Fat  

Serves 4

Prep Time 25 min

Total Time 25 min.

Ingredients

  • 1 19-ounce c chickpeas, rinsed
  • 4 scallions, trimmed and sliced
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 6-1/2-inch whole-wheat pitas, halved and warmed, if desired
  • 1/2 cup low-fat plain yogurt
  • 2 tablespoon tahini, (see Ingredient note)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley

Cooking Directions

Step 1

To prepare burgers: Place chickpeas, scallions, egg, flour, oregano, cumin and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a food processor. Pulse, stopping once or twice to scrape down the sides, until a coarse mixture forms that holds together when pressed. (The mixture will be moist.) Form into 4 patties.

Step 2

Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add patties and cook until golden and beginning to crisp, 4 to 5 minutes. Carefully flip and cook until golden brown, 2 to 4 minutes more.

Step 3

To prepare sauce & serve: Meanwhile, combine yogurt, tahini, lemon juice, parsley and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a medium bowl. Divide the patties among the pitas and serve with the sauce.


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