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Burgers, Beans, and Benjamin

February 17, 2011

Hi friends! Thanks for all of your sweet comments on my Valentine’s Day post—I’m glad to hear that I’m not the only jackass non-romantic out there. 

On Tuesday, we got some exciting news—Ryan’s sister gave birth to a healthy, baby boy! She wasn’t due for another three weeks, so it was a bit of a surprise, but everything went well, and Benjamin Henry entered the world around noon on Tuesday!  We can’t wait to meet him this summer!

Other exciting news—last night, I got to meet up with the traveling gypsy of the blog world, aka Madeline from Greens and Jeans! Based on our mutual love of all things Bachelor and Lauren Conrad, I had a hunch that we would get along swimmingly, and I was right.  We had a great dinner, and 2.5 hours passed way too quickly—we barely even scratched the surface of Laguna Beach talk! Madeline, come back to central PA—you’re the only one who understands the importance of Lo Bosworth!

This morning, I got some writing done and then headed downstairs to the kitchen to do my usual “make dinner in the morning” routine.  I’ve been wanting to experiment with veggie burger variations lately, so that’s exactly what I did.  These turned out really well—even though we won’t be eating them until tonight, I had to sample them as I cooked, of course!

Lemony Chickpea Walnut Burgers


1 can chickpeas, drained

1/2 onion, finely chopped

3 garlic cloves, minced

1 ounce walnuts (about 1/4 cup)

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 tbsp. walnut oil (you could easily sub olive oil)

juice of 1/2 lemon

1 tsp. lemon zest

1/2 cup fresh parsley

1 tbsp. chickpea flour


In a heavy-bottomed skillet, cook onion for about 10 minutes, until softened and beginning to brown.  Add garlic and salt and cook for another 5 minutes.  Transfer to food processor.

In same skillet, cook walnuts over medium heat until toasted, about 2-3 minutes.  Careful not to burn! Transfer to food processor.

Add remaining ingredients, except for the chickpea flour, to food processor.  Pulse lightly two or three times, just enough to bring the ingredients together—these burgers should still have a lot of texture and chunk. 

Remove mix from food processor and stir in chickpea flour.  With your hands, shape the mix into burger patties.  It should make about 4 large burgers, or six smaller patties. 

In a 350 degree oven, bake burgers until golden, about 25-30 minutes.

*note—I was using my Silpat, so I didn’t have to flip them, but if you were just using a regular non-stick pan, you might need to flip them halfway through cooking.

Result? Delicious. Here are some pictures of the process, and the final burgers:

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Can’t wait to eat these tonight.

Off to run, and then teach!

36 Comments leave one →
  1. February 17, 2011 4:23 pm

    LOL! I love the Bachelor and LC, too! 🙂 Blogger meet-ups are always a blast!

  2. February 17, 2011 7:34 pm

    Beautiful photos–what kind of camera to you use?

  3. February 17, 2011 7:41 pm

    Glad you two had a great time last night! I miss the old Laguna Beach…so sad.

    The burgers look great! I love making different flavors with my burgers. Have a great afternoon Anna!

  4. February 17, 2011 8:13 pm

    You cook and I’ll chat about The Bachelor, Laguna Beach, The Hills and every other reality show all night long 🙂 Deal? Ok, good 😉

  5. February 17, 2011 8:37 pm

    Oh man I could talk laguna beach for DAYS! Love that ridiculous show 🙂

  6. February 17, 2011 8:39 pm

    they look perfect!!!!!!!

    but i am beyond jealous that you and Madeline met up….she was my go-to girl, my rock, my BFF while we were both living in Phoeniz and i miss her so much!

    I would love to meet up with BOTH of you two ladies one day!

  7. February 17, 2011 9:31 pm

    These look mighty tasty- a bit like falafel too, no?

  8. February 17, 2011 9:44 pm

    they look nummy! i’ve got some vegetarians coming over for dinner next week and may steal this!

  9. greensandjeans permalink
    February 17, 2011 9:51 pm

    We’ve really only scratched the surface Anna. Next time, we can delve into the finer points of The City and how Olivia ended up in so many magazines.

  10. February 17, 2011 10:06 pm

    I want a silpat! I need to put that on my list of items I need.

    Those burgers look so good, your pictures look great!

    • February 18, 2011 1:57 pm

      I got mine as a Christmas present this year, and I love it! It really does make a difference.

  11. February 17, 2011 11:08 pm

    bookmarked!!! i may have to even print this one =) thanks looove!

  12. February 18, 2011 1:42 am

    Ok, couple of things: love the idea of the lemon in the chickpea burgers. And second, um, very jealous that you drove to visit Madeline. I can’t wait to meet her – should get to meet up when I’m in Philly again this summer. Maybe I can convince you to make the trek again????

  13. February 18, 2011 2:29 am

    These look amazing! I love all those flavor combos!

  14. February 18, 2011 2:48 am

    The burgers look great.

    I kind of missed all of Laguna beach but got hooked on the last half of the last season.

    I loved The Hills though. Seriously, adore it.

    What’s your feeling on America’s Next Top Model?

    • February 18, 2011 1:56 pm

      Ohhh, I was a BIG Top Model fan back in the day. I stopped watching a few years back, but man I loved it.

  15. February 18, 2011 2:53 am

    I love Lauren Conrad too. We would definitely be friends in real life.

  16. February 18, 2011 3:01 am

    awwwwwwwwww congrats on little Benjamin Henry! I love the name! And the meet up sounds like a lot of fun. I love chickpea burgers and the nuts are a great add in. Hope you have a nice weekend.

  17. February 18, 2011 3:38 am

    These look perfect! Almost too good to eat 🙂

  18. February 18, 2011 12:26 pm

    I am totally down to talk Laguna Beach whenever you want. I watched a bunch of episodes on a few weeks ago…I wonder what ever happened to Christina and Morgan??

    • February 18, 2011 12:35 pm

      Madeline and I were wondering about Trey– remember him? After our conversation, I found him on Facebook and tried to friend him, but it told me that he already had too many friend requests!!! Denied by the hat designer.

  19. Kelly permalink
    February 18, 2011 2:08 pm

    I am so jealous that you met up with Madeline…I was definitely missing from that equation! haha!

  20. February 18, 2011 5:02 pm

    Yum….these burgers look awesome! How are they for sticking together? I had an amazing lentil walnut burger at a local vegan restaurant and the taste was great, but I ended up using a knife & fork to eat it because it was very sloppy. I was thinking I might try to recreate it at home, but not sure how to firm it up.
    I think the walnuts in your recipe will put these burgers over the top!

    • February 19, 2011 4:59 pm

      They stayed together *okay*– they were a little delicate, but not to the point of falling apart.

  21. February 18, 2011 6:00 pm

    Lo Bosworth wrote a book and was doing autographs at the Barnes and Nobles near my house! I kind of wanted to go just to see what she looks like in person but I just couldn’t find the energy.

    The burgers look really delicious!!

  22. February 18, 2011 8:40 pm

    So jealous of your Blogger meetup, how fun! And just wow on the burgers, these look great!

  23. February 19, 2011 2:44 am

    I was secretly excited when Lo was on Rachel Ray a few weeks ago. She always seemed so normal for that show. Maybe we could have a fan club on the blog 😉

    Those pictures are so pretty. If you every change your header, the parsley needs it’s own spot!

  24. February 19, 2011 7:34 am

    I love anything chickpea related 🙂

  25. February 19, 2011 12:15 pm

    Chickpeas and walnuts?! This burger sounds (and looks) great!! Thanks for the recipe. This may be a great way to hide chickpeas form Nick…muahaha

    Congrats on the new niece!! How exciting!

  26. February 19, 2011 4:58 pm

    Wow these look so good! I really do look forward to making these! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe.

  27. February 20, 2011 2:09 am

    Aw, congrats on the birth of your nephew! I can’t wait to see photos!

  28. Ayla permalink
    February 20, 2011 3:35 am

    Congrats on the birth of your nephew!! That’s so exciting!

    This is kind of random but I love the lemon picture! It’s pretty. 🙂

  29. February 21, 2011 2:42 am

    These look amazing! I need to try them!

  30. Kelli H permalink
    March 6, 2011 4:11 pm

    Made these for dinner last week and I loved them! I have a different chick pea burger recipe but this one totally wins! Thanks for sharing!

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