Spicy Chickpea-Rice Burgers with BBQ Sauce



This episode of Big Blend Radio’s “Cooking with Ruth” Show features Ruth Milstein who talks about the health benefits of eating chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans, and the various ways to prepare them. See Ruth’s Spicy Chickpea-Rice Burger recipe below, and learn more about her Gourmand award-winning recipe book, “Cooking with Love: Ventures Into The New Israeli Cuisine” at https://www.ruthmilstein.com/


You may use canned chickpeas. Drain the liquid, then wash and dry before mashing them. Makes 4 servings.

1 cup cooked chickpeas
1/3 cup cooked brown rice
1 small carrot, grated
1/4 cup red pepper, diced
1 tablespoon onion, diced
1 tablespoon parsley, minced
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and diced (optional)
3 tablespoons breadcrumbs
1 ½  tablespoons sunflower seed, toasted
1 tablespoon BBQ sauce
Salt and red pepper flakes to taste


With a potato ricer mash the chickpeas and the rice (it is easier when the rice is hot). Leave the chickpeas a bit chunky for texture.
Transfer the mixture to a medium-size bowl, then add the rest of the ingredients and mix gently.
If the mixture is not sticky enough, chill for 15 minutes or add more breadcrumbs.


Divide the mixture into 4 parts to form 4 patties. Heat 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil and 1 tablespoon sesame oil in a heavy skillet and cook the burgers for 3-4 minutes per side.


* You can double the amount–wrap each Pattie with plastic wrap and freeze for one week.

Ruth Milstein

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Recipe by Ruth Milstein, author of the Gourmand award-winning recipe book, “Cooking with Love: Ventures into the New Israeli Cuisine.”

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