Diva Tasting: Chickpea Burgers…

Chickpea Burgers

Ingredients

1/2 Cup Red Or Black Quinoa, Rinsed

Kosher Salt

1/2 Cup Extra-Virgin Olive Oil, Divided, Plus More For Drizzling

2 (14.5-oz.) Cans Chickpeas, Rinsed, Drained

1 Tsp. Garlic Powder

1/2 Tsp. Smoked Paprika

8 Oz. Crimini Mushrooms, Trimmed, Cut Into 1/4″ Pieces

1/4 Cup Tahini

1/4 Cup White Miso

1/4 Cup Oat Flour Or All-Purpose Flour

8 Slices Sharp Cheddar Or Vegan Cheese (Optional)

Mayonnaise, mustard, hamburger buns, shredded lettuce, and sliced pickles

Directions:

Cook quinoa in a large saucepan of lightly salted boiling water, stirring occasionally, until tender, 8–10 minutes. Drain well and let cool at least 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, heat 1/4 cup oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high. Add chickpeas (make sure they are well drained) and cook, tossing occasionally, until lightly browned, 8–10 minutes. Add garlic powder and paprika and toss a few times to coat. Transfer to a large bowl and let cool about 5 minutes.

Add mushrooms, tahini, miso, and 1/4 cup oil to bowl with chickpeas and mash with a potato masher or fork to combine. Add quinoa and flour and mash until mixture holds together when squeezed in your hand. Taste and season with salt if needed. Form into 8 patties and arrange on a parchment-lined rimmed baking sheet. Freeze until firm, about 2 hours. At this point, the patties can be baked, or they can stay frozen up to 3 months. Transfer to resealable freezer bags or layer in an airtight container with sheets of parchment between patties.

Preheat oven to 425°. Drizzle frozen patties generously with oil on both sides on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake patties until browned and crisp, 25–30 minutes. Place a slice of cheese on top of each patty and bake until cheese is melted, about 1 minute.

Spread mayonnaise and mustard on cut sides of buns (if using). Place burgers on bottom buns. Top with lettuce and pickles (if using) and close up burgers.

Do Ahead: Patties can be made 3 months ahead. Transfer to a resealable freezer bag and freeze.

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