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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Buffalo Chickpea Burgers

Buffalo Chickpea Burgers are loaded with sautéed veggies, chickpeas and spicy buffalo flavor for a healthy but hearty meal!


This post was sponsored by Boston Scientific as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
Buffalo Chickpea Burgers are loaded with sauteed veggies, chickpeas and spicy buffalo flavor for a healthy but hearty meal! www.nutritionistreviews.com
I've always been a fan of veggie burgers and we eat them often in my household. I love experimenting with different kinds of homemade veggie burgers and came up with these Buffalo Chickpea Veggie Burgers that are super delicious and easy to make. A couple of years ago, I started loving anything buffalo flavored and this is no exception. They are filling, protein packed, vegetarian and delicious.

Buffalo Chickpea Burgers are loaded with sauteed veggies, chickpeas and spicy buffalo flavor for a healthy but hearty meal! www.nutritionistreviews.com
This heart-healthy recipe swaps chickpeas for meat for a burger that is lower in saturated fat and calories. As always, I used a whole-grain bun instead of a white bun for extra fiber and nutrients. I used whole-grain oats in the burgers instead of bread crumbs which are heart-healthy. I used low-sodium chickpeas for the recipe and didn't add any salt to the recipe (aside from the buffalo sauce) to keep things low in sodium. I also added some extra veggies in the burgers as well as topping the burger off with green leaf lettuce and juicy tomato slices.


Yield: 6 burgers 

Buffalo Chickpea Burgers

Buffalo Chickpea Burgers are loaded with sauteed veggies, chickpeas and spicy buffalo flavor for a healthy but hearty meal!
prep time: 10 MINScook time: 20 MINStotal time: 30 mins

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 minced red bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup minced onion
  • 1 stalk celery, minced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 1/4 cups rolled oats
  • 15 ounce can of low-sodium chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup Frank's Red Hot sauce
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Toppings: hot sauce, ranch or blue cheese dressing, tomatoes, leaf lettuce, whole-grain buns

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In a pan, saute red pepper, celery, garlic and onion in olive oil for about 3 minutes until softened.
  2. Meanwhile, gently pulse oats and chickpeas in a food processor until chopped, not completely blended. 
  3. Combine sauteed veggies with chickpea mixture in a large bowl and mix in egg and hot sauce.
  4. Form mixture into 6 patties with your hands. If time is available, let chill in the fridge for about 15-30 minutes.
  5. Spray a pan or griddle with nonstick spray, and saute burgers for a few minutes on each side until outside is crispy and insides are warmed. 
  6. Top burgers with additional hot sauce, a creamy dressing if desired, tomatoes and leaf lettuce. Enjoy!

Buffalo Chickpea Burgers are loaded with sauteed veggies, chickpeas and spicy buffalo flavor for a healthy but hearty meal! www.nutritionistreviews.com
I teamed up with the Cooking Cardiologist to share some information with you about Coronary Artery Disease (CAD). As a dietitian, I have worked with many patients with CAD both in my internship in the hospitals and for the last 6 years as a long-term care dietitian. The most common nutrition recommendations for those with CAD is reducing the amount of sodium and saturated fat in their diets.

Buffalo Chickpea Burgers are loaded with sauteed veggies, chickpeas and spicy buffalo flavor for a healthy but hearty meal! www.nutritionistreviews.com
Along with regular exercise and eating a healthy diet, you may be able to reduce your risk of CAD. Risk factors for CAD include older age, being a male, having a family history of CAD, smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, diabetes, physical inactivity and having high stress levels. CAD is the most common type of heart disease and the leading cause of death in the US for men and women. CAD occurs when blood vessels of the heart become narrow making it hard for blood to flow to the heart.

If you have CAD, it may be managed with lifestyle changes, medications and other treatment options. I love making heart-healthy swaps to my family's diet for heart disease prevention. To learn more about CAD and healthy cooking options, visit HeartHealthyBeats.com, a resource by Boston Scientific.


Check out this awesome recipe for a Flourless Chocolate Torte made with black beans and avocado and for more info about CAD from the Cooking Cardiologist: 


Like this recipe? Check out other similar recipes:
Mushroom Black Bean Burgers
Chipotle Black Bean Burgers
Garden Fresh Grilled Burgers
Black Bean Burgers with Spicy Grilled Vegetables

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