Finding a good meat-free burger patty that stays together to cook properly on a braai is a difficult task. Not only is this chickpea burger delicious, they are a good source of protein and only take 10 minutes to cook over the coals!. The spicy mango salsa is optional but adds a good bite and fresh flavour for hot evenings spent by the pool, so try this chickpea burger recipe for your next summer braai.
Chickpea burger patties:
- 1 can chickpeas
- ¾ cup rolled oats
- 1 egg*
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 1 tsp ground paprika
- ½ medium red onion, finely chopped
- A handful fresh coriander, chopped
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- ½ cup soaked sundried tomatoes, chopped
- Salt and pepper
* For a vegan option, replace the eggs with ‘flax’ eggs. One flax egg = 1 tablespoon flax seeds mixed with 3 tablespoons of hot water and stirred.
Rinse and drain the chickpeas and mash them with a fork. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well. Mould the mixture into burger patties and refrigerate until ready to braai. The mixture may be too crumbly to braai on a grid, so use a pan and place on the fire. Cook one side until nicely browned and turn over and cook the other side. Serve with mango salsa. Serves 4.
Chop a few mangoes, a small red onion, a handful of coriander and some jalapeños (or green chillies) finely, mix them in a bowl and sprinkle with salt. One chilli has quite a kick but for the chilli lovers, two or even three small chillies will bring a lot of heat. Mango salsa is the perfect light and fresh burger topping to make your burger braai something to remember.
For more recipes like this, get the 2019 issue of the Let’s Braai and Kom Ons Braai magazines!