Yield: Makes 8 burgers
Toasty spices and chickpeas give this burger a flavor evocative of falafel. Serve it in or on a pita with some store-bought or homemade tzatziki and a salad of chopped tomato, red onion, parsley, lemon, and olive oil.
Make Ahead Tips
Wrapped well in plastic, the shaped, uncooked burgers keep in the fridge for a few days. You can also freeze them for up to 3 months. Frozen burgers may be a bit more crumbly in the pan, but they’re still more delicious than the ones from a box. Cook frozen burgers straight from the freezer a little lower and a little longer.
Freekeh, roasted young (green) wheat, is an ancient grain gaining in modern popularity. More supermarkets carry freekeh these days, and it’s mostly sold cracked, which is quicker cooking than whole. You can find it in health food and Middle Eastern markets, too.
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These came out pretty well. I made some substitutions based on what was in my pantry (farro instead of freekeh, toasted pine nuts instead of sunflower seeds, fresh bread crumbs instead of panko), but otherwise followed the recipe closely. The burgers held together very well and were pretty flavorful. I served them with tzatziki and chopped kalamata olives, which were good accompaniments. I would make them again, maybe adding more spinach and spices.
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