Cooking Date! Homemade Meatless Burgers with Tzatziki

Cooking Date! Homemade Meatless Burgers with Tzatziki

Yesterday morning was my sleep in day. What that means is “leave me the hell alone until 7”.  Lonny of course is up way before that time, and quietly leaves the bedroom, shutting the door behind him, returning when he feels it’s safe aka a time which is acceptable to wake me up.

Normally he comes bouncing back up the stairs with questions like, “what are we going to do today?!” as he pounces back on the bed – much like a 5 year old. Yesterday, however, he came back up to bed with the cookbook in his hands and plopped down beside me.

I thought I was dreaming.

This man hates to cook. In fact, I have asked him many times over the years to look through my cookbooks and see if anything catches his eye – sometimes it’s hard being the only creative force in the kitchen. Of course he never does. So when he does it willingly, on his own?

Instead of the usual questions, he tells me he was looking through the cookbook and found some recipes he thought we could make. The weather was windy and gloomy and any outdoor activities were ruled out. He thought we could go to the grocery store, buy the ingredients and come home and make it together.

You guys, I damn near cried. Are you kidding me? Possibly the sweetest thing ever. Besides the fact that he has no patience in the kitchen, he does know how much I love to cook… the mere thought that he took an initiative to plan an activity and date dinner was just so lovely.  It’s the little things, people!

ANYWAYS. One of the recipes he picked out was meatless burgers… Well, the actual name was Chickpea, Flaxseed and Oatmeal burgers with Tzatziki.  Now, before you wrinkle your nose take my word for it – DIVINE TASTING! I only share wonderful tasting recipes with you guys, you know that. So here it is.

Chickpea, Flaxseed and Oatmeal Burgers With Tzatziki

prep time: approx 20 minutes. Cook time: approx 15 minutes

What You Need:

For the Tzatziki:

  • 1/3 of a medium cucumber, peeled, seeded and grated
  • 1/4 cup of fat free plain yogurt
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic (I used 2 cloves to mince 1/2 tsp)
  • pinch of salt
  • ground pepper to taste

For the Burgers:

  • 6 tablespoons of flaxseed
  • 1 can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed (rinse excessively to remove as much of the packing salt as possible!)
  • 1/4 and 1/8 a cup of rolled oats
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 2 tablespoons of water
  • 1/4 cup of chopped mint
  • 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons of ground cumin
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup of panko
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • burger buns (obviously)
  • tomato (optional)
  • alfalfa sprouts (optional)

How you do it:

For Tzatziki: Mix everything in a bowl, stick it in the fridge to cool a bit. The end.

For the Burgers:

*you can use a food processor, coffee grinder, spice grinder, hand egg beater or any other tool you have to grind shit up!

  1. grind up 5 tablespoons of flaxseed
  2. in a bowl (if using a hand mixer) or in a food processor combine the chickpeas, oats, garlic and water. Pulse until mixture is coarsely chopped.
  3. Add the mint, lemon juice, cumin, salt, pepper and flaxseed and mix until it’s all combined
  4. Divide the mixture into 4burgers (umm.. only ifyou’re STARVING! Next time we’ll be doing 6  burgers. Or Cutting the recipe in half)
  5. Put the panko crumbs and remaining tablespoon of flaxseed in a plate.
  6. Dip the burgers in the egg, and then in the panko mixture.
  7. Heat your olive oil in a pan.
  8. Throw the burgers on. Cook for 5-7 minutes on eachside.
  9. On a bun put the tzatziki and your other toppings, and stick a burger on there too.

I ended up only eating half a burger and a corn on the cob. Lonny made himself refried beans and 2 burgers. He ate 1 and a half burgers and no beans. Haha. SUPER filling, and full of delicious nutritients.

This is a very, very fiber filled meal! Chickpeas contain 7 grams of fiber per halfcup and are also a source of protein!. Flaxseed is not only full of fiber, but also a good source of omega-3 fatty acids (the good fat!).

Proof: He cooked with a smile! …might have been cursing on the inside though….

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