Holidays are a low key affair with me, and although they are often an opportunity to celebrate with more elaborate food spreads, I really need no excuse to fuss around in the kitchen for hours to create unique and special meals. This past weekend was Thanksgiving in Canada and I went with something easy, preferring not to spend too much time cooking, but as humble as these little burgers might sound, they are actually an exquisite way to celebrate pumpkin season with the company of friends. Just because.
Packed full of protein, these spicy patties with a moist and meaty texture are a perfect vegetarian substitute when the craving for a "burger" hits. Chickpeas provide the base and the addition of quinoa and tahini adds a pleasant undertone of nuttiness to accompany the sweet pumpkin. The mingling of flavors is hard to resist, as is the fragrance that fills the kitchen while they are baking, and an experience your palate won't soon forget. Yes, they are that good.
I served them up with tomato chutney and a yogurt tahini lemon sauce and some mini naan breads. Eat them as burgers between bread or just as they are with chutneys and sauces and a side serving of vegetables to fill out the meal.
Note: Roasting the pumpkin brings out the natural sweetness, but if you don't want to roast it, cook according to your preference. Make sure to save the seeds for roasting later as they make for a delicious and healthy snack.
There is no reason at all to limit your intake of pumpkin to just a few months of the year. Instead of relying on canned pumpkin purée, consider taking advantage of the harvest and freeze small bags of roasted pumpkin for future use.
|Chickpea Quinoa Pumpkin Burgers|
|Recipe by Lisa Turner|
Published on October 14, 2014
Moist, nourishing and flavorful spiced vegan burger patties made with ground chickpeas, quinoa and roasted pumpkin
Other pumpkin recipes you may enjoy from Lisa's Kitchen:
Indian Chickpea and Pumpkin Soup
Pumpkin Gingerbread Waffles
Refried Beans with Pumpkin
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