Oriental Veggie Burgers

What is it: big, green, hanging on the wall and squeaking? It’s a herring. Why is it big? It grew that way. Why green? My herring, I paint it the way I want. Why is it hanging on the wall? My herring, I hang it anywhere I want. And why squeaking? If they hang me on the wall, I’ll squeak too!

What a sophomoric joke! Yet it answers the question, why these veggie burgers are called oriental. My burgers, I call them the way I want. We are back to chick peas, or garbanzo beans, as they are known. As I said in my previous post, you can dress them any way you want, and today I felt Oriental.

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As always, I started with the base. Cooked chick peas, garlic, cumin, and fresh parsley. You put all this into a food processor and pulse it to a paste. I don’t pulverize it to death; I prefer to leave it somewhat chunky.

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Add some eggs, a couple of diced scallions (just for fun!), and finely ground corn meal. If you want to, you can use bread crumbs instead of corn meal, but then it won’t be gluten free. The taste is different, too, as corn meal contributes a distinct hint of roasted corn. And now comes the dress-up part.

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In addition to salt and pepper, I generously sprinkled it with ginger, wasabi powder, and sesame seeds. For more details on wasabi powder, please see my post Amazing Tuna Cakes. Why wasabi and sesame seeds? My burgers, I put in them what I want. If you make them, they are your burgers, and you put in them what you want. Possibilities are endless.

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I use a hamburger press to shape them, and they come out huge. You can also oil your hands lightly, roll the mix into balls and flatten them to make round patties. Remember, it’s your burger – you know the rest! Then you throw them on a grill or griddle. I don’t recommend frying – We try not to fry! – but besides that, they might crumble at the edges.

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Here they are, on my trusty griddle, about three minutes on each side. With brown rice and soy sauce, it will be a delicious and very healthy dinner.

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  • 2 cups cooked chick peas (I use frozen, but if you use cans, you need 2 15 oz cans)
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 4 large garlic cloves
  • 1/2 cup corn meal, finely ground
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 scallions, chopped
  • Cumin, ginger, wasabi powder to taste
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Pulse chick peas with garlic and cumin in a food processor
  • Add corn meal, eggs, and scallions
  • Add ginger, wasabi, salt and pepper, and mix well
  • Pre-heat grill or griddle on medium, lightly spray with oil
  • Form round flat patties and grill on each side until golden brown


19 Comments Add yours

  1. They look great 🙂

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    1. Thank you, you are very kind.

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  2. Reblogged this on koolkosherkitchen and commented:

    Dear Beautiful People, I received a message from WordPress today that my blog has more than 200 followers. In itself, the number is not significant, but I have not expected it when I started, and I want to thank all of you, wonderful fellow bloggers, for visiting my kitchen. In the immortal words of Michael Jackson, “I love you, I love you, I love you all!”


  3. Dear Dolly, congratulations on the well deserved 200 followers! This time next year you will have 2000!

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    1. Amen! I hope you had a great time with your friend,and I am glad you are back in the blogosphere.


  4. Tina Frisco says:

    I’m a vegetarian, Dolly, and these look scrumptious! Thanks so much for posting. And congratulations on 200 followers ~ now 201! That’s a milestone 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Tina, I am glad you like my recipe, and I am glad to have met you. If you browse through my posts, you’ll see that most of my recipes are vegetarian. Enjoy!

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      1. Tina Frisco says:

        Delighted to have met you as well, Dolly. I’ll be browsing your recipes, especially since I have to improve my eating habits and start cooking from scratch 🙂

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      2. I am just curious: who is the cutie in your arms?

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      3. Tina Frisco says:

        My great nephew, Grant. He’s 5 now but just as cute 🙂

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  5. tigre23 says:

    These look great – will have to try them! Thanks for the like and follow – peace and blessings! 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much – glad you like the recipe. Blessings to you as well!

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      1. tigre23 says:

        You’re welcome! 🙂

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  6. Reblogged this on Die Erste Eslarner Zeitung – Aus und über Eslarn, sowie die bayerisch-tschechische Region! and commented:
    Oriental Veggie-Burgers and Ritu’s (butismileanyway.wordpress.com) blueberry pancakes. isnt it great?

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you for reblogging.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. I must thank you again for the many great recipes! I am working right now to give orders for our kitchen. lol 😉 Michael

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