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Chickpea Burgers & Tahini Sauce

Source: © EatingWell Magazine
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Active Time:  25 Minutes
Total Time:  25 Minutes
  4 servings
Rather than a heavy, fried falafel, here's an updated version of this pocket sandwich: a light chickpea patty served in a whole-wheat pita with a flavorful but light tahini sauce.

Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate the uncooked burger mixture and tahini sauce for up to 2 days.
For Chickpea burgers:
1 19-ounce can  chickpeas, rinsed
4   scallions, trimmed and sliced
1   egg
2 tablespoons  all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon  chopped fresh oregano
1/2 teaspoon  ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon  salt
2 tablespoons  extra-virgin olive oil
2   6-1/2-inch whole-wheat pitas, halved and warmed, if desired
For Tahini sauce:
1/2 cup  low-fat plain yogurt
2 tablespoons  tahini (see Ingredient note)
1 tablespoon  lemon juice
1/3 cup  chopped flat-leaf parsley
1/4 teaspoon  salt

Ingredient Note:  Tahini is a smooth, thick paste made from ground sesame seeds and commonly used in Middle Eastern foods. Look for it in the Middle Eastern section or near other nut butters in large supermarkets.
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To prepare burgers: Place chickpeas, scallions, egg, flour, oregano, cumin and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a food processor. Pulse, stopping once or twice to scrape down the sides, until a coarse mixture forms that holds together when pressed. (The mixture will be moist). Form into 4 patties.

Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add patties and cook until golden and beginning to crisp, 4 to 5 minutes. Carefully flip and cook until golden brown, 2 to 4 minutes more.

To prepare sauce & serve: Meanwhile, combine yogurt, tahini, lemon juice, parsley and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a medium bowl. Divide the patties among the pitas and serve with the sauce.

Recipe reprinted by permission of © EatingWell Magazine. All rights reserved.
Date Added: 01/01/2008
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Nutrition Facts per Serving
Yield:   4 servings
Calories: 399
Fat. Total: 15g
Protein: 15g
Carbohydrates, Total: 55g
Fat, Saturated: 3g
Fiber: 9g
Cholesterol: 55mg
Sodium: 743mg
% Cal. from Fat: 34%
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