Aubergine and Chickpea Burgers

This aubergine chickpea burger recipe was created in a pure accidental style, which is how it often happens with my recipes. Impromptus.

One evening I was in my kitchen with one aubergine, or eggplant if you like, wondering what I could make with it. So I did what I usually do. I googled the words aubergine recipe and browsed around some fabulous food blogs until I came across a recipe for aubergine (meatless) meatballs in tomato sauce and on spaghetti which looked delicious. But! Oh but the but, the truth was I didn’t feel like boiling spaghetti, making the sauce etc. So from the aubergine balls I let my mind go wild for a few seconds and came up with these aubergine and chickpea patties. Guys, now these are seriously tasty.


Aubergine Chickpea Burger Recipe

To be honest I was debating whether to call these burgers, fritters or patties. The nerd part of me checked the definition of both. In theory a burger should contain minced meat, though it doesn’t strictly have to. Fritters are supposed to be smaller in size. Patties are with vegetables so strictly speaking they are patties. I like the idea of calling them vege burgers though…

You can substitute the mint for parsley, or use both. Also I added some chilli flakes, but you can omit them if you don’t want them to be spicy. The chickpeas must obviously be already cooked. I used chickpeas that were ready cooked from a jar, they are pretty well done in Spain. Also, I fried these with a small amount of olive oil, though next time I want to stick them in the oven instead. I think that would be really good.

Ingredients (makes 7 patties / burgers)

1 large aubergine, 2 cups chickpeas, 3 tablespoons tapioca flour, 1 small clove garlic, 1/2 teaspoon cumin seads, 1 big handful fresh mint, 1/2 teaspoon chilli flakes, salt, freshly ground black pepper, 3 teaspoons olive oil

Preheat the oven to 190ºC. Wash and cut the aubergine into cube like pieces. Roast in the oven for about 50 minutes.

Meanwhile, peel the garlic and wash the mint. Put all the rest of the ingredients, except for the oil into a food processor. Mix until you get chunky bigger than lentils sized grains. Place into a large bowl.

Once the aubergine is cooked, add them to the food processor and mince it into smaller pieces. Then add them to the bowl. Mix everything together and shape them into burgers.

Heat the olive oil in a large pan. Cook on both sides on medium heat.

Just for the record, Ì later dipped these in Sriracha sauce, just for the sake of a chilli overdose.

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  1. apuginthekitchen 2015-12-11 at 02:28

    I am such a fan of eggplant, It would be impossible for me to get tired of it. I love your burgers, they sounds perfect, a happy accident for sure, I think I would butter a brioche bun, grill it, make some sriracha mayo, pile on some greens and be very happy with this. I think I would would use both the mint and parsley because I love both.

    1. Sofia 2015-12-11 at 09:13

      I think I only like eggplant when I’m super creative with it! I’ll have to see if you have eggplant recipes in your blog for inspiration 🙂 OK you’ve just inspired me now. I hate mayo on its own. but mayo+sriracha, now thats a fabulous idea. Have a great weekend! xx

  2. Mabel Kwong 2015-12-11 at 05:58

    For a long time I wasn’t a fan of eggplant. Still don’t love it, but I wouldn’t mind eating it in small doses, The burgers you make look like patties…I’d call them patties 😀 It’s like burgers without the buns. To be honest, I don’t mind eating burgers this way. Sort of like an undressed burger in a sense 😀

    1. Sofia 2015-12-11 at 09:11

      Actually you’re right, I debated on calling them patties, and that’s probably more adequate. As you say, it’s like burgers without the bun. I’m not a huge fan off eggplant either, lets just say that it needs to be camouflaged into something like this, lol! xx

      1. Mabel Kwong 2015-12-11 at 12:38

        Naked burgers. Ala naked burrito or burrito bowls 😀 “Naked food’ seems all the rage these days in Australia. But, I will happily eat one of these burgers or patties by themselves. Content with that, either eating with fingers or cutlery 😀

  3. pianolearner 2015-12-11 at 10:26

    I love you’re geekiness in googling the difference between a fritter and a burger…
    These do sound very tasty. I am a big fan of aubergines. I am making Baba Ghanoush a lot at the moment, super easy and would go great with these.

    1. Sofia 2015-12-13 at 23:55

      I’ll try making that one day!

  4. pianolearner 2015-12-11 at 10:33

    EEEK I mispelt “you’re” when I meant to say ‘your’!

    1. Sofia 2015-12-13 at 23:55

      I didn’t even realise….

  5. Ivette 2015-12-12 at 17:21

    I love the idea!

    1. Sofia 2015-12-13 at 23:56

      Hi Ivette! You should give it a try! x

  6. Guillermina Bósquez Stover 2015-12-14 at 00:29

    Oh, wow, these look awesome!!! We love eggplant…and chickpeas…what’s not to love with these patties???

    1. Sofia 2015-12-14 at 20:44

      You should give them a try! xxx

  7. Patty Nguyen 2015-12-14 at 18:30

    These look great! Is this what you did with the ginormous eggplant that H brought home??

    1. Sofia 2015-12-14 at 20:45

      Indeed it was THAT eggplant 😀


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