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Chickpea Vegetable Burgers

Sprouted chickpeas are not only a fun project, but a tasty way to bring a bit of homegrown crunch into your next dish. And since they pack more nutrients than their precooked counterparts, it makes them a healthy addition to any recipe, like these kid-friendly burgers.

Active time: 20 minutes

Total time: 35 minutes


1     cup sprouted chickpeas
6    fresh basil leaves
1     large egg
1     medium carrot, peeled and diced
1     stalk celery, diced
¼     cup yellow onion, diced
2    cloves garlic, minced
2     tablespoons flat-leaf parsley, chopped
¼    cup plain breadcrumbs
½     teaspoon salt
Dash of ground black pepper
1     tablespoon olive oil
4     whole grain buns
Mayonnaise, ketchup, lettuce,    or other toppings, optional


  1. Parent: Fill a pot with an inch of water and place a steamer basket in it. Steam the chickpeas for 10 minutes, or until tender.
  2. Parent & child: While the chickpeas are steaming, carefully pull the basil leaves off the stems. Hand the leaves to your parent and throw away the rest.
  3. Parent: Roughly chop the basil leaves and set aside. Place cooled chickpeas and egg into a food processor and pulse until well-combined, allowing for small pieces of the chickpeas to remain. Use a spatula to scrape the mixture into a large bowl.
  4. Parent & child: Add the basil, carrot, celery, onion, garlic, and parsley to the chickpea mixture. Then add breadcrumbs, salt, and pepper. Stir all ingredients until well-combined.
  5. Child: Using your hands, take a palm-size handful of the mixture and work into a flat, circular patty. Place it on a plate and repeat to form three more. Don’t forget to wash your hands after you finish making all the patties!
  6. Parent: Pour olive oil into a large skillet and place over medium heat. Add the patties, cooking about 5 to 6 minutes on each side, until golden brown. Carefully remove the patties from the skillet and place on the bottom half of a whole-grain bun.
  7. Parent & child: Add ketchup, lettuce, tomato, and any other accompaniments your family loves. Finish by topping the burger with the other half of the bun.
Serves 4

Per serving: calories 276, fat 7 g, protein 10 g, carbohydrates 43 g, dietary fiber 6 g

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