Back in July, I had a friend from back home come visit for five days. She had been living in Spain and teaching English, and before her year-long experience was over, wanted to come see Berlin. During her stay, we cooked dinner for one another. She made us a summer-y gazpacho and we made her vegan burgers.
We found this recipe for garbanzo burgers on yumsugar, and although it was fancy with extra additions like spicy lemon mayo and vinegar-y carrot slaw, we wanted the basic patties, which turned out to be easy enough to make.
This recipe calls for jalapenos, which we did not use because we didn’t have any on hand, but in hindsight I think it would have made the difference in flavour. The problem wasn’t the consistency but rather the taste, which was somewhat bland. There are a variety of ways someone could spice this up, whether in ingredients, a glaze, or with condiments. But overall, it’s a good foundational recipe which can be built upon in a variety of ways.
-Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium heat. Add in 1 teaspoon minced garlic and 3 finely chopped scallions, cooking for about 5 minutes. Then set aside and let cool.
-Combine the cooled mixture with 15 ounces garbanzo beans (which should be processed a bit in a blender or food processor to break them up), 1/4 cup bread crumbs, 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper, 1/8 teaspoon cumin, salt and pepper, and the egg replacer equivalent of 1 egg.
-Mix with your hands and then shape the mixture into equal-size patties.
-Cook the patties in olive oil over medium heat until browned and crispy, about 3 minutes per side.
-Top with desired condiments and place between two buns, or eat them on their own.