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Black Chickpea & Red Quinoa Burgers with Prunes

Black Chickpea & Red Quinoa Burger with Prunes

Dinner, Nutri Force, Vegan | 29th November 2017 | By

Who doesn’t love a good veggie burger? Not many I’m guessing. I’m a big fan, though I don’t make them as often as I should, or, maybe could. These black chickpea & red quinoa burgers with prunes are easy to make, hold together well and taste super scrumptious. Served with caramelised onions, tomatoes & chilli, they are truly hard to beat.

Black Chickpeas

Yes, black chickpeas are a thing. Backalong when we had a productive allotment, we used to grow them. Not that they were keen to give us enough to make a decent meal, but they were a bit of fun. A palmful of them looked like a tiny heap of coal fit for a Cornish Pisky’s grate. However, I’ve not come across tinned black chickpeas until I saw them on the Suma website. I had to order a couple of tins straight away along with some red quinoa, prunes, tamarin, wholemeal spelt flour and a few other items. I had a feeling they would make fantastic bean burgers and I wasn’t wrong.

Suma Italian Black Chickpeas

Italians are a lot more adventurous than us when it comes to growing and eating fruit, vegetables and pulses. Black chickpeas have been a used in their diet for many years and indeed these Suma black chickpeas or ceci neri are from Italy. The chickpeas are thin skinned, so make for a particularly creamy and interesting coloured hummus.

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Earlier this month, my mother came to stay in our new home. It was lovely to have her. She cleared a load of ivy from the garden (plenty of that still to do), cleaned the windows and cooked for me whilst I was at work. What a treat. I wanted to make something special for her whilst she was here, so I thought it was the perfect time to try out these black chickpea & red quinoa burgers with prunes. I duly made the burgers and a load of stir-fried cabbage to go with them – my mother was trying to keep off the bread. I set up the photo shoot, hoping to get it done quickly before the burgers went cold.

Black Chickpea & Red Quinoa Burgers with Prunes

And the very first photo I tried to take failed. As it turned out, the motor in my lens had broken which meant I had to buy a new one. Of course I didn’t know this at the time, so much time was spent leafing through my camera manual and desperately pressing this and pressing that. The result was no photographs and some very cold burgers. Not quite the treat I’d intended. So I feel honour bound, for my mother’s sake, to make up for this technological epic fail with another attempt. She may have to feast her eyes electronically, however, as I don’t think I can persuade her to come in person again so soon.

Black Chickpea & Red Quinoa Burgers with Prunes

I have a thing about prunes at the moment – take a look at my last post, spiced prune chocolate pots with amaretto to find out why. The upshot was that when I decided I wanted to try black chickpeas to make some burgers, I knew prunes would have to be a component. To keep the burgers as dark as possible, I used red quinoa rather than white. I’ve never actually cooked red quinoa before. I’d heard it took longer to cook than the white variety I’m used to, but I didn’t actually find that to be the case.

Black Chickpea & Red Quinoa Burgers with Prunes

I used my Optimum Nutri Force to blitz the mixture into burger handling conformity, but a hand blender or food processor would work just as well. For this recipe I kept some of the whole chickpeas and quinoa and stirred them in afterwards to add a bit of texture.

My black chickpea & red quinoa burgers with prunes turned out even better than I was hoping. They were easy to manipulate, tasted delicious and were full of protein, fibre, vitamins and more. The prunes helped to keep the colour dark, but also gave a subtle note of fruity sweetness which worked particularly well. I daresay their stickiness helped to hold things together too.

Black Chickpea & Red Quinoa Burgers with Prunes

To accompany the black chickpea & red quinoa burgers, I made some caramelised onion, tomato & chilli relish which made a fantastic addition. Second time around, I also baked some wholemeal spelt burger buns served with salad leaves and avocado. A few air-fried rosemary chips wouldn’t have gone amiss, but actually they were filling enough all on their own. 

Black Chickpea & Red Quinoa Burgers with Prunes – The Recipe

Black Chickpea & Red Quinoa Burger with Prunes
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Black Chickpea & Red Quinoa Burgers with Prunes
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
1 hr
 
These burgers are easy to make, hold together well and taste super scrumptious. Even better when served with caramelised onion, tomato and chilli relish.
Course: Main Course
Serves: 6 burgers
Author: Choclette @ Tin and Thyme
Ingredients
  • 100 g red quinoa
  • 8 dried & pitted prunes - chopped
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion - finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic - peeled and finely chopped
  • 2 large mushrooms - wiped and roughly chopped
  • 400 g tin black chickpeas
  • 50 g rolled oats
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • ½ tsp smoked sea salt or sea salt if you can't get any
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp tamari
Instructions
  1. Cover the quinoa with water and bring to the boil. Simmer for a couple of minutes then drain and rinse. Cover with fresh water (about 200ml) and add the prunes. Cover the pan, bring to the boil and simmer for 15 minutes. Turn off the heat and leave to steam for a further 5 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, fry the onions in 1 tbsp of olive oil over a lowish heat until starting to caramelise. Add the remaining olive oil, mushrooms and garlic and fry for a further 5 minutes or until the mushrooms look cooked. Stir occasionally.
  3. Drain and rinse the chickpeas in a sieve or colander.
  4. Blitz all of the ingredients, except for ¼ of the chickpeas and ¼ of the quinoa in a blender or food processor until roughly mashed. I used my Optimum Nutri Force blender.
  5. Stir together with the remaining chickpeas and quinoa and form into 6 burgers using damp hands.
  6. Place on a lined baking tray and bake at 180℃ for 20 minutes. Alternatively, fry in a little olive oil for five minutes, turning them over and frying on the other side for another 5 minutes.
Recipe Notes

Serve in a burger bun with salad, avocado and caramelised onion, tomato & chilli relish.

 

Suma Bloggers NetworkThese black chickpea & red quinoa burgers with prunes is my eleventh recipe for the Suma Blogger’s Network.

 

 

 

 

#CookBlogShareThey also go to #CookBlogShare hosted this week by Everyday Healthy Recipes.

 

 

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 Some of the ingredients for this recipe were provided by Suma. I was not expected to write a positive review and all opinions are, as always, my own. The post contains affiliate links. Buying through a link will not cost you any more, but I will get a small commission. Thanks to my readers for supporting the brands and organisations that help to keep Tin and Thyme blythe and blogging. 

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Comments

    • Leave a Reply

      Choclette
      29th November 2017

      Thanks Jac. Good veggie burgers are ace. Just needed a few chips to really set them off 😉

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    Corina Blum
    29th November 2017

    These sound unusual but totally delicious! I’ll have to try and get my hands on some black chickpeas as I’d love to try them.

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      Choclette
      29th November 2017

      Well you know how much I like unusual 😀 The Suma Italian black chickpeas should be available in health food shops, both on and offline.

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      Choclette
      29th November 2017

      Thanks Angie. If you’re going to make a veggie burger, it had better be healthy, filling and delicious 😉

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    Camilla Hawkins
    29th November 2017

    I almost prefer veggie burgers to conventional ones and yours sound lush with the added sweetness of dates in there. I had never heard of black chickpeas so thank you for educating me on those! Thank you for including my burger recipe.

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      Choclette
      29th November 2017

      Haha, almost but not quite Camilla? CT likes them too, but if there was a choice, he’d go for the meat one every time. But then he doesn’t get to eat much meat – cackles wickedly!

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    Mandy
    29th November 2017

    These sound delicious and they look like they’re the perfect burger shape. I’ll have to hunt out some black chickpeas and give them a try. Thanks for linking to my burgers x

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      Choclette
      29th November 2017

      Thanks Mandy. I found the mixture really easy to shape – not something I always manage very well with veggie burgers.

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    Claire Jessiman
    29th November 2017

    I’ve never come across black chickpeas and I’d naver have thought to add prines to burgers but I can totall see how it would work. I’ve used apricot in burgers to add a similar sweetness.

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      Choclette
      29th November 2017

      Ah yes, I can see apricots working well in burgers too. I think black chickpeas are a well kept secret that is just being slipped out now.

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    Kate | The Veg Space
    29th November 2017

    These look fabulous Choclette – I have some red quinoa lingering in the cupboard but didn’t know you could get black chickpeas, how exotic! Can’t beat a good veggie burger – I’ll try these out soon.

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      Choclette
      29th November 2017

      Black chickpeas taste really good. Do try and find some if you can. As for the red quinoa, I just love the colour.

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    Nico @ yumsome
    29th November 2017

    These look and sound super-yummy, and are definitely now on my to-do list! Like you, I love burgers but rarely make them. Maybe that’s why I love them so much… because I don’t have them very often. In fact, I’ve had burgers three times this year; once on a visit to see my son, and twice in a restaurant in Cluj-Napoca. I think I’m due more burgers! Ha ha!

    Have pinned and tweeted – too good not to share! xx

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      Choclette
      29th November 2017

      Aw thanks Nico. My burger consumption has not been numerous this year either. They are so good and not at all difficult, I really should make them more often. A restaurant in Cluj-Napoca sounds very exiting and eating burgers with your son has got to be a treat worth having.

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    Monika Dabrowski
    30th November 2017

    I got excited when I read the title of this recipe but when I discovered there are prunes in these burgers I got super excited! I am a little bit crazy about prunes. I also really like the smoky notes in these burgers, no doubt they are delicious. Thank you for bringing them to #CookBlogShare!

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      Choclette
      30th November 2017

      Glad it’s not just me and prunes. I reckon they are a good addition to lots of savoury food. I forgot to mention the smoky notes, so thank you for noticing 🙂

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    Mari
    30th November 2017

    I’m always in for a nice veggie burger 🙂 love how you thought of prunes! I love them but not many occasions to put them in such a nice use 🙂 thanks for the recipe, Choclette!

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    johanna @ green gourmet giraffe
    30th November 2017

    These sound delicious – though the camera malfunction sounds frustrating enough to want to throw them out the window! Glad you got it fixed as your photos in this post are great – I love the photo of the black ingredients. I am thinking black tahini and prunes might pair well for some black baking! Am enjoying your prune cooking – I really love them but haven’t bought them much lately and you are making me long for them

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    Alison's Allspice
    30th November 2017

    I love that you used prunes to add sweetness to the burger! I will have to look for black chickpeas, they sound like a fun way to switch things up!

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    Nadia
    30th November 2017

    I’ve never come across black chickpeas before! Would love to try them. These veggie burgers sound delicious Choclette 😀 and they’re really healthy too!

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    Kate - Gluten Free Alchemist
    1st December 2017

    I hate when I get technical hitches in the middle of photos…. Either way, your burgers look and sound amazing. Love the twist with black chickpeas! x

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      Choclette
      3rd December 2017

      Thanks Kate. I was definitely in a grump about my camera and I ended up not having one for over two weeks.

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    Marina
    4th December 2017

    I was seriously just looking for a simple and healthy vegan burger recipe! So perfect, so delicious!!! 🙂

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      Choclette
      5th December 2017

      Well this may not be the simplest vegan burger around, but it’s really very easy and definitely delicious.

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