INGREDIENTS (makes 12 mini patties or 6 regular patties)
- 1 (15 ounce) can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
- 1/2 cup cooked whole rye berries (to cook add 1/3 cup whole rye berries to 1 cup boiling water, cover and simmer for 25 to 30 minutes until all water is absorbed)
- 4 large eggs
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
- 2 Tablespoons grated onion
- 1 garlic clove, grated (I grate mine over a microplane)
- Grated zest of one lemon
- 1 cup micro sprouts, chopped (try brocolli, onion, or alfalfa sprouts - optional)
- 1/4 cup very finely chopped walnuts or almonds
- 1 cup toasted bread crumbs
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil (or clarified butter)
- 12 mini hamburger buns for sliders or 6 regular hamburger buns for larger patties (I used Crumpets because they were on sale...LOL)
Combine the garbanzo beans, cooked rye berries, eggs, and salt in a food processor or blender. Puree until the mixture is the consistency of a very thick, slightly chunky hummus. Pour into a mixing bowl and stir in the parsley, onion, grated garlic, lemon zest, chopped nuts, and sprouts. Add the breadcrumbs, stir, and let sit for a couple of minutes so the crumbs can absorb some of the moisture. At this point, you should have a moist mixture that you can easily form into twelve 1 1/2-inch-thick patties or 6 regular sized hamburger patties. Place patties on a baking sheet lined with wax paper and place in the refrigerator for 15 minutes.
Heat the oil in a heavy skillet over medium low, add 4 mini patties or 2 regular sized patties, cover, and cook for 7 to 10 minutes, until the bottoms begin to brown. Turn up the heat if there is no browning after 10 minutes. Flip the patties and cook the second side for 7 minutes, or until golden. Remove from the skillet and cook the remaining patties.
Make your sliders like you would a regular hamburger, however I would omit mayo and ketchup as the patties are quite flavorful by themselves. I'd suggest you put a little bit of mustard and one or two pickes and thinly sliced tomatoes, and perhaps a slice of American cheese.