Chickpea Pita Burgers

Yummy! Using the avocado spread as a condiment is my favorite ;-)

Ingredients:

  • 1 (15 oz) can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
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  • 1 (4 oz) can diced green chilies
  • 2/3 cup packed fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
  • 2/3 cup panko bread crumbs
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • smoked gouda cheese slices, to taste
  • 4 (about 5 inch) pocket pitas, split
  • avocado spread (mashed avocado, sour cream and lemon or lime juice mashed together to taste) or Dijon mustard and mayonnaise mixed to taste

Directions:

Blend the chickpeas, green chilies and cilantro until finely chopped in a blender or food processor. Transfer the mixture to a medium bowl and stir in the panko crumbs and salt and pepper. Stir in the egg and form the mixture into 4 patties.

Heat the olive oil over medium low heat in a large skillet. Cook the burgers for 4 minutes, turn over and cook for about 3 minutes. Top the patties with the cheese and continue to cook for about 1 minute more.

Meanwhile, mix your avocado spread or mustard and mayonnaise mix and spread on the inside of 4 of the pita slices.

Place the cooked chickpea burgers on the condiment topped pita slices, top each with the remaining four pita slices and serve.

By Deeli from Richland, WA

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