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Author Notes: For simple, fast, and delicious chickpea burgers, this is the recipe for you. Try out this healthy alternative stuffed inside pita with feta and fresh veggies. —CAVA
Makes about 6
- 1/3 cup olive oil, separated
- 1 small onion, finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon fresh thyme
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- 1 15-ounce can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
- 1 cup cooked brown rice
- 8 cloves garlic, roasted and peeled
- 1/4 cup sesame tahini
- 2 teaspoons lemon zest
- 1/4 cup finely chopped parsley
- 1 egg
- 6 teaspoons Cava Foods tzatziki
- 3 Roma tomatoes, cored and sliced 1/2-inch thick
- 6 ounces imported feta
- 5 ounces baby arugula
- 6 pitas, toasted with olive oil or 6 burger rolls toasted
- Heat 2 T olive oil in a 12-inch skillet over medium high heat. Add onions and thyme and cook until soft, about 4 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl and reserve. Wipe skillet clean.
- Place chickpeas and rice in a food processor, along with garlic, tahini, and zest. Pulse until chickpeas and rice are chopped, but not yet a paste, about 8 pulses or about 10 seconds. Transfer mixture to the bowl with the onions. Add parsley and egg, season with salt and pepper, and mix well to combine. Divide mixture into six 4-ounce patties and refrigerate for 20 minutes.
- Heat 2 T of oil in skillet over medium high heat and cook burgers in batches of three, flipping once halfway through until toasted on each side and cooked through, about 2 minutes per side. Repeat with remaining oil and burgers.
- Place the burger on your choice of bread, add some of the Cava tzatziki, crumbled feta, baby arugula, and tomatoes. A kiss of fresh lemon to finish the dish is all you need. Enjoy!