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Middle Eastern Chickpea Sliders
June 5, 2012, 4:48 pm
Filed under: Recipes

High in protein and fiber and full of healthy fats, this delicious meatless option is a great way to change it up from the usual hamburger this summer!


1 (8oz.) red, purple, or yellow potato
3 T olive or canola oil, divided
1 tsp minced garlic
1 (15.5 oz. can) chickpeas (garbanzo beans), rinsed, drained, and divided
1 T chopped fresh parsley
½ tsp salt
½ tsp grated lemon rind
½ tsp smoked paprika
¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper
2 large egg whites, lightly beaten

Preparation: 45-55 minutes

1. Place potato in saucepan, cover with water. Bring to a boil, cook for 20 minutes or until very tender. Drain and cool slightly.
2. Coarsely chop and place in a medium bowl.
3. Add 1 T oil and garlic to bowl. Mash potato mixture with a potato masher until slightly chunky.
4. Remove 3 T chickpeas and place in a small bowl.
5. Add remaining chickpeas to potato mixture, mash until well blended.
6. Stir in remaining 3 T whole chickpeas, parsley, and remaining ingredients.
7. With moistened hands, divide mixture into 6 equal portions (about 1/3 C mixture per portion), shaping into a 3-inch patty.
8. Heat 1 T oil in a large nonstick skillet, over medium high heat. Or, if you don’t have a nonstick skillet, try spraying a regular skillet with nonstick cooking spray.
9. Add 3 patties to the pan and reduce heat to medium. Cook 4 minutes or until bottoms are golden.
10. Carefully turn patties over. Cook 3 minutes or until bottoms are golden and patties are set. Repeat procedure with remaining 1 T oil and 3 patties.
11. Serve on a whole wheat slider bun with your choice of toppings! Some suggestions for toppings are: spinach or mixed greens, crisp radish slices, tomatoes, roasted bell peppers, pickles, avocado, your favorite cheese, red onion, caramelized onions, sauteed mushrooms, pesto, BBQ sauce, guacamole, or tzatziki sauce. Be creative, have fun, and enjoy!!

Makes 3 servings (2 sliders per serving)

*This recipe was adapted from www.cookinglight.com

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