Meatless Monday: Easy chickpea patty recipe

Happy New Year!

As the first Meatless Monday of 2011, I would like to share one of my favorite vegan recipes. It also happens to be the first meatless recipe I made when I became a vegetarian 15 years ago.

If you aren’t familiar with Meatless Monday it is, according to the website, a non-profit initiative in association with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The group wants to help reduce meat consumption 15% to improve the health of both people and the planet.

What and how someone eats is a personal choice. If someone wants to try more plant-based meals, Meatless Monday is a good place to start and the site has some great resources. If anyone is looking for recipes, I have a variety that I am always willing to share.

The following recipe came from The Vegetarian Resource Group, another great source for starting a meatless diet. I love this burger, it’s very easy to make and it’s great with greens, on bread or by itself. I eat it in between two large leaves of lettuce with spicy mustard and pickles on top. Paired with fruit or a vegetable side dish, you have a light, filling meal.

Garbanzo bean burgers

Makes 6 burgers
  • 2 cups pre-cooked or canned garbanzo beans (chickpeas), drained and mashed
  • 1 stalk celery, finely chopped
  • 1 carrot, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup small onion, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  1. Mix all ingredients except cooking oil in a bowl.
  2. Form 6 flat patties. Fry in oiled pan over medium-high heat until burgers are golden brown. Turn burgers over and fry on the other side until done.