May 28th 2015 is International Hamburger Day (FB event) Be Vegan takes the chance to organise it’s vegan counterpart Vegan Burger Day (FB event)

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To celebrate this day I made a new burger, of course you can also enjoy my Lentil/cashewburger, but you can never have to many choices when it comes to burgers. Now, I could have chosen a normal burger, but I wasn’t up for a bun and a burger with some lettuce and tomato. But I was more in the mood for something different so I went for something ‘Middle Eastern’, so chickpea’s for burger and Bulgur and veggies on the side.

I took the recipe for ‘falafel fantasy’ from the book Veggie burgers, -balls and -spreads but instead of making little balls I just shaped them into burgers. But, in my opinion a proper burger should be big, so this is my recipe for the Enormous Falafel Burger

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  • 120 gr. of chickpea’s (1 small can)
  • 1 red onion
  • 25 gr. of buckwheat flour
  • 9 dates without pits
  • 2 tablespoons of sesame seeds
  • 2 tablespoons of koriander
  • 1 teaspoon of cumin
  • garlic to taste
  • salt
  • pepper

Drain the chickpea’s and cut the onions and dates in small pieces.

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Put the chickpea’s and sesame seeds in the foodprocessor and blitz until it resembles couscous.  After that, add the onion, garlic and koriander and blitz again. Mix the chickpea-mixture with the cumin, flour and dates and mix everything until it’s a smooth mixture. I put everything in the kitchen machine to make sure the dates got small enough.

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Make 2-3 burgers out of the mixture and bake in a hot pan and some oil for a few minutes until they start to brown. And up close before baking:

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Heat up some oil in a frying pan and bake the onion and the burger.  falafelburger6

Serve with bulgur and some baked union/zucchini in tomato sauce or my aubergine/tomato stew. Or, go ‘old school’ and serve with a bun, lettuce, tomato and onion. Top of with some sour cream with some lemon and garlic.