Who doesn’t love a homemade great veggie burger? These beet and chickpea cakes stand on their own, no bun needed. Crispy on the outside with a soft, creamy interior – perfect for topping or dipping in the mint and lemon zest sauce.
Beet Chickpea Cakes With Mint and Lemon Zest Sauce [Vegan, Gluten-Free]
8 large cakes or 16 small cakes
For the Cakes:
- 1 1/2 cups chickpeas, cooked and drained
- 1 flax or chia egg (1 tablespoon ground seeds, plus 3 tablespoons water)
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
- 1/3 cup shallots, peeled, small chop
- 2 medium fresh garlic cloves, peeled and minced
- 1 1/2 cups grated fresh beets, from one large peeled beet
- 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/4 teaspoon sumac
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
- 1/4 cup panko crumbs (gluten-free if needed)
- 1 tablespoon fresh mint leaves, cleaned, sliced thinly
- 2 teaspoons fresh parsley, cleaned, medium chop
For the Dip:
- 1/2 cup vegan Greek yogurt
- 1 1/2 teaspoons preserved lemons, chopped fine
- A pinch of ground cumin
- A pinch of sumac
- 1 tablespoon fresh mint leaves, thinly sliced.
To Make the Cakes:
- Place chickpeas in a large bowl with one egg. Mash 3/4 of the chickpeas with the egg and lemon juice with a potato masher until creamy and a little smooth. Leave 1/4 of the chickpeas whole for texture.
- Squeeze dry the gratings of one large beet, (with paper towels) to equal 1 1/2 cups. In a large cast iron or stick proof skillet, add 2 tablespoons olive oil, set heat to medium, add the shallots, garlic, and beets, and sauté for 3 minutes until softened.
- Add lemon zest, cumin, sumac, sea salt, and pepper – give a big stir to incorporate the flavors, cook just one minute more. Cool slightly.
- Add the skillet ingredients to the chickpea bowl. Add panko crumbs, mint, and parsley. Mix very well. Divide to make eight round cakes or 16 mini ones. Flatten to 1/2-inch height.
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Clean the skillet, (or wipe it clean) add the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil – set heat to medium. Add the chickpea cakes, cook 2 minutes until they start to become a little golden, turn over, cook an additional 2 minutes.
- Place them on a parchment-lined baking tray. Add the chickpea cakes, and bake for just 10 minutes until cooked through.
- Serve with a tangy, minty dip.
To Make the Dip:
- Combine all, refrigerate to blend the flavors and serve with the beet and chickpea cakes.