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We do not eat out often, partly because we love to cook and control what is in our food, and partly because any trip to a restaurant with a three year old and a baby is sure to cause a little chaos, and I try to have respect for people who are out for a quiet dinner.   We do make a weekly exception though during our trip to the farmers’ market.  We always get lunch at the Mediterranean place, a huge feast complete with dolmehs, hummus, tabouleh, salad, pita bread, and falafel.  It is the closest thing to fast food that my kids have experienced.  We sit outside and eat while Minda runs back and forth from her meal to the bouncy castle.

Everyone knows us Texans love our burgers, so I recreated this weekly ritual in burger form.  Chickpeas, mixed with classic Mediterranean herbs and spices, formed into a patty, topped with a Greek salad, crumbled feta, and served on a bun slathered with homemade tzatziki sauce.  The result was quite delicious for an easy weeknight dinner!

Mediterranean Chickpea Burgers-Makes 4 Patties

2 cups or one 15 oz  can of cooked chickpeas, reserve 2 tablespoons of the liquid and rinse and drain the rest

2 tablespoon ground chia seeds

2 handfuls of mixed herbs, I used oregano, mint, and parsley

2 large cloves of garlic

2 tablespoons whole wheat flour

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil.

½ teaspoon ground cumin

½ teaspoon coriander seeds

¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

Salt and fresh ground black pepper

Combine all of the ingredients in a food processor and process for about 1 minute.  The mixture should come together easily to form 4 patties.  Preheat a skillet or griddle over medium heat and brush with olive oil.  Cook the burgers for 5 minutes per side.  Serve on a bun with your choice of toppings.