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A great foundation for this veggie burger

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    This undated photo provided by America’s Test Kitchen in April 2019 shows Crispy Veggie Burgers in Brookline, Mass. This recipe appears in the “Complete Cookbook for Young Chefs.” (Steve Klise/America’s Test Kitchen via AP)

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    This image provided by America’s Test Kitchen in April 2019 shows the cover for the “Complete Cookbook for Young Chefs.” It includes a recipe for Crispy Veggie Burgers. (America’s Test Kitchen via AP)

Published May 22. 2019 12:09PM

Buttery, nutty chickpeas make a great foundation for a satisfying veggie burger. A touch of curry powder adds a hint of warm spice. Panko are crispy Japanese-style bread crumbs — they help hold the patties together.

Process the chickpea mixture just until there are some finely chopped chickpeas (to help the patties hold together) and some larger pieces (for a satisfying texture). Do not overprocess the mixture or the burgers will have a mushy texture. To keep the patties from falling apart, wait until they are well browned on the first side before attempting to flip them.

Follow this recipe with your kids.


Servings: 2

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Prepare Ingredients:

1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas

1 large egg

2 tablespoons plain Greek yogurt, plus extra for serving

2 teaspoons plus 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, measured separately

½ teaspoon curry powder

1/8 teaspoon salt

Pinch pepper

1/3 cup panko bread crumbs

3 scallions, sliced thin

4 leaves lettuce

4 hamburger buns

Gather Cooking Equipment:


Can opener

¾-cup dry measuring cup

Medium bowl


Food processor

Rubber spatula


10-inch nonstick skillet


Set colander in sink. Open can of chickpeas and pour into colander. Rinse chickpeas with cold water and shake colander to drain well. Measure out ¾ cup chickpeas; reserve remaining chickpeas for another use.

In medium bowl, whisk egg, yogurt, 2 teaspoons oil, curry powder, salt, and pepper until well combined.

Place ¾ cup chickpeas, panko, and scallions in food processor. Lock lid in place. Hold down pulse button for 1 second, then release. Repeat until ingredients are roughly chopped with some large pieces remaining, 5 to 8 pulses.

Remove lid and carefully remove food processor blade (ask an adult for help). Transfer chickpea mixture to bowl with egg mixture. Use rubber spatula to gently stir ingredients until just combined.

Use your hands to divide chickpea mixture into 2 lightly packed balls. Gently flatten each ball into circle that measures 4 inches across.

Add remaining 2 teaspoons oil to 10-inch nonstick skillet and swirl skillet to coat evenly with oil. Place patties in skillet and cook over medium heat until well browned on first side, 4 to 6 minutes. Use spatula to gently flip patties (ask an adult for help). Cook until well browned on second side, 4 to 5 minutes. Turn off heat.

Put 1 lettuce leaf inside each bun. Use spatula to slide burgers into buns. Serve with more yogurt (for dipping or spreading inside buns) if you like.

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