Why? I’m waiting for a recipe to bake, and writing blog posts related to food. Prrrrobbbably not the best idea. But hey- multitasking, right????
This morning, during a cardio session, I got kinda bored. There was no interesting news on SportsCenter, and I didn’t have anything on my DVR to distract me. Don’t know about you, but I need some sot of TV to watch while I run / do any sort of exercise (unless it’s hiking or anything outside). So, what did I do? I thought of recipes! Because why not distract yourself with the thought of what you will make when you finish working out?
Personally, my cardio time is one of the few times I can think of recipes. During school, I gotta pay attention, and when I get home, I have homework, studying, and college apps to focus on.
UGH GUYS I’M REALLY HUNGRY. Sorry- random thought.
ANNNYYWAYYYSS… back to these burgers! These burgers were one of my cardio thoughts. I was thinking of a pizza recipe that involved roasted chickpeas as a topping, but then I realized I didn’t have mozzarella cheese OR a pizza crust. But, I did have some of the key things to that pizza: chickpeas, feta, and pesto. Instead of making it a pizza, I took the ingredients and turned them into a burger! Very random how I did it, and I’m still confused by it myself. But I did it, and it turned out to be magic.
I guess you could call these falafels, but that’s kind of a stretch. They’re on the Greek side, but they’re more of a burger consistency. They would probably be a great falafel, and I’ll probably have another recipe like this that is more on the falafel side. For now, I’m calling them burgers (or patties). I made these for my grandfather, who is one of the biggest meat eaters out there, and he LOVED THEM. Now, they’re not going to taste like an actual burger, but they are a great vegetarian option.
I love the combination of feta and pesto, so why not put them in a burger? Alright, let’s dig in!
- 1 15 oz can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- ½ cup feta cheese crumbles
- ¼ cup pesto
- ½ cup oats
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp minced garlic
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- In a food processor, grind up your chickpeas to a chunky texture.
- Next, add in the rest of the ingredients (minus the olive oil), and grind. As your grinding, pour in the olive oil. Continue grinding until the chickpeas are soft and everything has grinded.
- Spray a pan with cooking oil and turn to a medium heat. Take roughly 3 tbsp-1/4 cup of the mixture and form into balls. Set on the pan and flatten with a spatula. Let cook for five-ten minutes (until crispy), and then flip and cook for five-ten minutes on the other side. Repeat until all the patties are cooked, and enjoy!