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Under 30 Minutes

Mediterranean Chickpea Burgers

Mixing chickpeas and bulgur into ground beef adds fiber and protein, and makes the meal more cost-effective. You can also use ground lamb or turkey in place of the beef.

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  • Servings: 4
  • Yield: Serves 4
Mediterranean Chickpea Burgers

Source: Everyday Food, March 2011


  • 2 ounces feta cheese
  • 1/4 cup low-fat plain yogurt
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1/4 cup bulgur
  • 1 can (15.5 ounces) chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 pound ground beef chuck (95 percent lean)
  • 1/3 cup roughly chopped mint leaves
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 4 hamburger buns, split and lightly toasted
  • 1 small cucumber, thinly sliced
  • 1 large tomato, sliced


  1. In a small bowl, mash feta with the back of a fork until smooth. Stir in yogurt and season with salt and pepper. Set aside.

  2. In small heatproof bowl, combine bulgur and 1/2 cup boiling water. Cover with plastic wrap and let sit 10 minutes. Meanwhile, in a food processor, pulse chickpeas until coarsely chopped. Transfer to a large bowl and add beef and mint. Drain bulgur and add to chickpea mixture. With your hands, mix until mixture is evenly combined and holds together when pressed into a ball. Divide into four 1-inch-thick patties and season with salt and pepper.

  3. Lightly coat a large nonstick skillet with cooking spray and heat over medium-high. Add patties and cook until browned and crispy on the outside and cooked through, 8 to 10 minutes, flipping once. Serve on buns with sliced cucumber, tomato, and feta-yogurt sauce.

Cook's Note

Unlike most whole grains, you barely need to cook bulgur -- simply cover it with boiling water and let sit for 10 minutes.

Reviews (4)

  • icicle81 19 Feb, 2014

    Pretty much as everyone else has said....the burgers fall apart very easily. They were pretty good though; reminded me of a Lebanese hamburger....i will probably add a little feta to the hamburger mix next time to give it a little more flavor....

  • sdwebgal 30 Sep, 2011

    Maybe incorporating a tiny bit of canola oil, olive oil, or safflower oil to hold it together. Egg would be strong flavor I would think but you could use that.

  • taves7 3 May, 2011

    This isn't very good. Bland as hell. The burgers fall apart when you cook them. Forget about trying to get them on your bun in one piece. The sauce also needs something. Maybe some lime or lemon. I don't know. Don't make this. It's edible, but barely.

  • JFoScho 26 Apr, 2011

    There seems to be something missing from the recipe. I followed it closely but my chickpea burgers crumbled while they were cooking. Next time I would add egg, or something else to help the ingredients adhere.

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