Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Buffalo Chickpea Patties

Through the years, I probably have tried almost every fake meat product on the market. They never taste exactly like the meat product they're replacing, but since I don't generally like the taste of meat, it didn't bother me too much. It's a nice, quick shortcut for a dinner to use the frozen patty type products, and their nutritional information isn't too bad. However, these products are quite processed, and after reading more and more about processed soy, I'm trying to get away from it. 
I've been very successful at making bean patty burgers in place of a hamburger, but one of my favorite faux meat products is buffalo chik'n nuggets and patties. I decided to look at the ingredients on the box while grocery shopping to get an idea of what I should put in them. That was absolutely no help as I couldn't even pronounce or understand what some of the ingredients were!
I'm pretty happy with my end product. It's not as crunchy and dippable, but made a great burger, had fantastic buffalo flavor, no artificial ingredients, and cost a lot less than a package of MSF Chik'n Patties!

Buffalo Chickpea Patties

1 15 oz. can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 c. rolled oats
1/4 c. buffalo sauce, plus more for serving
1 egg white
1 small yellow onion
1 tsp. garlic powder
Salt and pepper

For serving:
Buffalo sauce
Ranch or blue cheese
Carrot Sticks
Celery (or cucumber, in my case)
Buns, lettuce, tomato and crumbled blue cheese, if served as burgers

Add chickpeas to a bowl, use a potato masher and mash until about 2/3 of the chickpeas are pasty and 1/3 are in pieces or whole.
Add the buffalo sauce to the chickpeas.
Add half of the oats to a food processor, pulse to create a crumb, add to the chickpeas.
Beat the egg white in a small dish to a froth, add to the chickpeas.
Grate onion into the chickpeas, finally add the garlic powder, salt and pepper. 
Use a spatula and fold mixture, combining ingredients well. 
Heat a griddle over medium, spray with nonstick spray or add 1 tbsp. EVOO.
Use a 1/3 measuring cup to portion out chickpea mixture onto griddle, this yields about 5 patties.
Cook patties for 5-7 minutes, until crispy and brown, flip gently and cook for another 5-7 minutes.
Serve immediately to retain maximum crispness.


Debbi Does Dinner Healthy said...

When I first glanced at this, I thought it said Buffalo Chicken Patties and I wasn't too impressed. Then I saw it said Chickpea and I immediately clicked! I love chickpeas! I want to make these now! Thanks!

Tasha said...

Yum! I love buffalo flavor and I love chickpeas so this is perfect. I'm not a big fan of most meat replacement products because, like you, I don't care so much for the taste of the meat in the first place. Oddly enough, my fave fake product is MSF Corn Dogs (I'd much rather eat processed soy than the real thing) but I can't find those any more.

Anonymous said...

These look just great!

Dawn said...

Great idea to make your own chickpea patties. I haven't tasted any premade veggie burgers or meat replacement products I've liked but I am sure I would enjoy it if I made it myself. Yum!

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Kira said...

My husband loves anything with a buffalo flavor, so it's a great way to get him to eat things that I like! We'll definitely be making these.

Joanne said...

I love buffalo ANYTHING! But these are seriously awesome...I adore chickpea patties. Way more than anything that has anything to do with meat.

Sophie @ yumventures said...

These look so gooooood! A healthier way to up my buffalo intake :)

Natalie said...

I love chickpeas and anything buffalo but never thought to combine the two. I can't wait to try this--way to get creative :)

Devon said...

Wow, these look awesome! I love chick peas and I love buffalo. Adding to meal plan for next week!

Anonymous said...

I printed this recipe out in 2010 but never made it until a couple months ago. It is so good that we have made it once every 2 weeks since then! Bravo!