Chickpea Burgers & Tahini Sauce

Chickpea Burgers & Tahini Sauce

48 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine, August/September 2006

Rather than a heavy, fried falafel, here's a lighter version of the pocket sandwich: a chickpea patty served in a whole-wheat pita with a flavorful and lower-in-fat tahini sauce. Make it a Meal: Serve with a tomato-&-feta salad or Parsley Tabbouleh. Wash it down with an organic Wit Bier from Wolaver's.

Ingredients 4 servings

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  • Chickpea burgers
  • 1 19-ounce can chickpeas, rinsed
  • 4 scallions, trimmed and sliced
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 6- ½-inch whole-wheat pitas, halved and warmed, if desired
  • Tahini sauce
  • ½ cup low-fat plain yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons tahini, (see Ingredient note)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • ⅓ cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • ¼ teaspoon salt


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  1. Place chickpeas, scallions, egg, flour, oregano, cumin and salt in a food processor. Pulse, stopping once or twice to scrape down the sides, until a coarse mixture forms that holds together when pressed. (The mixture will be moist.) Form into 4 patties.
  2. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add patties and cook until golden and beginning to crisp, 4 to 5 minutes. Carefully flip and cook until golden brown, 2 to 4 minutes more.
  3. To prepare sauce & serve: Meanwhile, combine yogurt, tahini, lemon juice, parsley and salt in a medium bowl. Warm pitas, if desired. Divide the patties among the pita halves and serve with the sauce.
  • Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate the uncooked burger mixture and tahini sauce for up to 2 days.
  • Ingredient Note: Tahini is a thick paste made from ground sesame seeds. Look for it in the Middle Eastern section or near other nut butters in large supermarkets.

Nutrition information

  • Per serving: 400 calories; 15 g fat(3 g sat); 9 g fiber; 54 g carbohydrates; 15 g protein; 133 mcg folate; 48 mg cholesterol; 3 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 809 IU vitamin A; 19 mg vitamin C; 148 mg calcium; 4 mg iron; 715 mg sodium; 494 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Folate (33% daily value), Vitamin C (32% dv), Iron (22% dv)
  • Carbohydrate Servings:
  • Exchanges: 3 starch, 1 vegetable, 1 lean meat, 1½ fat

Reviews 48

July 27, 2017
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By: Carol Lenz
These burgers are great, but could use a little more seasoning if eaten without the sauce. If you make the patties on waxed paper which you then turn over and release burgers into the pan, they stay together. No need for a lot of oil. I use minimal safflower brushed onto the pan.
June 13, 2017
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By: Amy Lee Myer-Seaman
I could not get these to stay together at all. Good flavor, but I was hoping to eat it as a patty on a lettuce leaf, and that was just not going to happen. Very frustrating!
July 21, 2016
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By: EatingWell User
Delicious, but! I've made this recipe twice now. The first time I used canned beans and then fell apart completely in the pan. So the second time I used dried beans and they've held together beautifully. I also added garlic to the tahini sauce and a little cumin as well. Delicious recipe but definitely use the dried chick peas!
June 06, 2013
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By: EatingWell User
New favorite of my 3 young boys! I used onion instead of chives for more flavor. Wrapped in a tortilla with cucumbers, tomato and more onions for a less carby meal. Best part is my three little guys, who like NOTHING, LOVED this meal. High fives all around. Pros: my kids loved Cons: none
April 04, 2013
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By: EatingWell User
Sauce is the best part! I love these chickpea burgers. They are super easy to make, and the yogurt/tahini sauce balances out the flavors so well. I have made it numerous times, and eat time find myself licking the sauce off my fingers.
January 24, 2013
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By: EatingWell User
Too Watery I don't have a food processor so had to use an immersion blender. It created a great mix, but the ingredients were too wattery. The first two patties were a mess in the pan and I need a ton of oil. But the secon dbatch (with another 2 tblsp of flour) were quick, needed less oil and were super tasty. I also added hot sauce to the pita's at the end. Awesome addition. Pros: Tasty, healthy Cons: Needed too much oil
October 07, 2012
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By: EatingWell User
Don't expect it to be anything like falafel! I am a college student and was looking for good healthy, easy, and inexpensive recipes. This recipe immediately caught my eye as I thought it'd turn out similar to falafel since falafel is made from basically the same ingredients and served the same way. Boy was I wrong. I found the chickpea burgers to be VERY bland/boring and had to add huge amounts of cumin and a dash of cayenne pepper to really taste anything. The Tahini was worse. I'm not sure if the person who created this recipe has ever had real tahini, but this wasn't even close. Unfortunately, I'm no real chef and wasn't able to fix it, but I rescued the recipe by adding my own homemade hummus to the inside of the pita. Long story short, these burgers are cheap, healthy, pretty easy, but are VERY bland. Not worth the effort, and I won't be making this again. Pros: Easy, Cheap, Healthy Cons: Bland
September 24, 2012
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By: EatingWell User
Great Mix of Flavors - Add Red Pepper Flakes Mix the sauce in a food processor too...mmmm...creamy. Pros: Super easy, super fast Cons: I mixed the chickpea mixture too much. Don't do what I did.
September 07, 2012
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By: EatingWell User
I thought these burgers were great. I didn't find them bland, I just added a little bit more salt. Before I cooked them, I put the mixture in the freezer a bit and wet my hands before forming them and that helped a lot. When I made the sauce I used Greek plain non-fat yogurt and I added a bit more lemon juice. Overall a great meal! And my dad even liked them who would never consider something vegetarian. Pros: fast and easy to make
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