Spicy Aztec Chickpea Burgers with Vegan Garlic Aioli

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A really tasty vegie burger and chips is one of those classic comfort foods that you can't live without – am I right? I find myself craving one every now and again, and I've played around with a few different combinations to get the perfect pattie. There's a few things I reckon are essential – you need texture, and you need a good amount of spice to keep things interesting! And, like I always say, you have to pick your culinary inspiration and roll with it. So, this one reminds me of Mexico with it's fresh and fiery flavours – the coriander, chilli, cumin and lime. Think of it like a little fiesta for your tastebuds. You could even serve it with corn chips. Viva La Vegan!

Ingredients

for the patties
2 tbsp of chia seeds
4 tbsp of water
4 green chillies, chopped
4 spring onion, minced
5 cloves garlic, minced
1-2 Tbsp vegetable oil
2 cans chickpeas, rinsed + thoroughly drained
2 tsp ground cumin
2 tsp chilli powder
2 limes, juiced
2 handfuls fresh coriander
1 tbsp cornflour
Sea salt and pepper to taste

you will also need
2-3 tbsp of my Totally Addictive Vegan Garlic Aioli
vegan burger buns
toppings such as fresh tomato, shredded carrot, lettuce, coriander, red onion, avocado, vegan cheese, pickles, pesto or sauerkraut

Method

Start by preparing 2 chia 'eggs' by combining the chia seeds and water in a small bowl. Set aside to gel.

Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Once skillet is hot, add a tablespoon of oil and the spring onion, garlic and chilli. Sauté, stirring frequently, until soft and translucent.

Add spring onion, garlic and chilli to a food processor along with the drained chickpeas, chia 'eggs' and other remaining ingredients and pulse until evenly combined. Add a little water to soften if necessary. Divide into 4-6 even patties, dusting with a little extra flour to help as you shape them. 

If you can leave the patties in the refrigerator for a while to firm up first, you'll get a better result, otherwise return them to the skillet and grill until golden brown on both sides.

Place the patties on the burger buns, add your salad toppings, and, of course, a generous helping of this garlic aioli. Serve with corn chips, sweet potato fries or crunchy potato crisps. Enjoy!