Black Chickpean Burger Cakes.

I'm not staying very committed to my blog here now, am I? I think my problem is that I'm over-thinking it and feeling "tied" to it - totally not my original intent when I started it! I need to let it be fun and non-judgmental again. ;-)

With that having been said (i so love ablative absolutes!), I hereby BREAK my commitment to my blog and engage to only have some fun! :-D

Now, for some fun - well, I kind of had fun doing it! I decided to attempt to be creative in the kitchen tonight. I didn't have anything thawed and I was just preparing a meal for myself, so I didn't want anything that was too much work, either.

Without using any sort of recipe, rather utilizing things I've learned in cooking other things, I decided to try my hand at creating bean/veggie burger things. I'm not exactly sure what these might be called - perhaps black chickpean burgercakes?

I started with 2 cans of beans: 1 can of Black Beans (from Aldi) and 1 can of Chickpeas (on sale at Price Chopper).

I drained them, rinsed them and threw them in the food processor. The draining and rinsing was good, but I don't think I should have put them in the food processor - they ended up looking like this:

Total Mush. (the color was because I used my phone to take the picture - I was charging the batteries for the camera) Next time, I'll probably just lightly smoosh the beans - cos I'm not going for refried bean texture here.

To my mush, I added:
  • 2 egg whites & 1 whole egg (I had the whites leftover from another dish)
  • a handful of chopped fresh spinach
  • 4 white mushrooms, finely chopped
  • probably about 1 cup of breadcrumbs, give or take. (I didn't measure)
  • 1 whole green onion, finely chopped
  • about 1 Tbsp of prepared horseradish
  • garlic salt - liberal dose
  • ground black pepper
  • Italian Seasoning blend
I then formed them into patties and started to grill them with some organic EVOO.

I was kind of afraid of them not being cooked through, so I put a couple on a cookie sheet and threw them in the oven with the Rosemary-Garlic potatoes was I was roasting. 

About ten minutes later, I deemed the potatoes and the cake done and plated them up.

that ugly pinkish stuff in the little bowl is a mixture of horseradish, Smart Balance Omega 3, and ketchup. I slathered it on the patty.

Overall, this was OK. I think had I actually eaten it like a burger, it could've been pretty good. I'm going to freeze the rest of them individually, so I can make quick meals for myself in the future.

P.S. (from the future) I ate one like a burger for dinner Monday night, and the texture was awful. hopefully it was the fault of not having been cooked well. I have a few more to experiment with...


  1. okay, sorry, but that picture of the mush in a bowl totally turned me off bean burgers forever. :)

    that said, my husband says he read in your twitter you go to 24 hour in gladstone? i, too, go to 24 hour in gladstone and i need someone to talk to me while i'm on the cardio machines because the tvs are always tuned to sports or fox news and i'm not into either.

    find me in the blogosphere-- herfabulousness.blogspot.com

  2. Lol Mitzi! I guess it does look kind of, erm, *off*.

    who's your husband? rather, what's his twitter handle?

    and yeah - let's totally do a gym meetup! :-D


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