Chickpea Chorizo Patties {Recipe ReDux}

I’m pretty sure I destroyed the concept of a veggie burger with this recipe.

It was totally worth it.

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Generally, a veggie burger is vegetarian, maybe even vegan.  The recipe may include beans, tofu, or an assortment of veggies.  What you usually can’t find is chorizo.

Often referred to as the Spanish equivalent of bacon, chorizo is a spicy pork sausage full of delicious fat and flavor.  I wanted to add some of that great taste to my burger recipe in a healthier way, so I chopped up a couple of sausages and added them to my favorite bean burger recipe.  It worked like a charm and I ended up with an awesome patty.

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In honor of St.Patrick’s day, this month’s Recipe ReDux theme was some sort of burger or patty.  It was the perfect way to experiment with a savory recipe, and I’m really happy with the result.

I hope you all love these burgers as much as I do!

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Chickpea Chorizo Patties {Recipe ReDux}

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbs. olive oil
  • 2 chorizo sausages, about 1/2 pound
  • 1 (15 ounce) can chickpeas
  • 1/2 cup of your favorite salsa
  • 1 cup oatmeal
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat flour (or chickpea flour if gluten-free)
  • 3 green onions, thinly sliced, green parts only
  • 1/2 red pepper, finely chopped

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Squeeze sausage out of the casings. Heat the oil in a pan over medium heat.
  3. Add the chorizo, cook until browned, about 10 minutes. Remove meat from pan and drain on a paper towel.
  4. In a medium bowl, mash chickpeas (I always do it with a fork).
  5. Add the salsa and oatmeal, and continue mashing until incorporated. Add the flour, chorizo, red pepper and green onions and mix together. Add more salsa is mixture is too thick, and more flour if it seems too liquidy.
  6. Form into small patties and place onto greased cookie sheet. Bake for 15 minutes.
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