1 medium carrot, peeled and cut into thick slices
1 - 15 ounce can garbanzo beans, drained, rinsed and patted dry
1/2 cup coarsely chopped onion
1 large garlic clove
1/4 cup breadcrumbs (panko or regular)
2 tablespoons all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon salt
3-4 tablespoons vegetable oil
Garam masala sauce (optional)
1/4 cup plain yogurt
2 tablepsoons ketchup
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
2 tablespoons finely chopped cilantro
1/4 teaspoon garam masala powder
1/4 teaspooon salt
4 burger buns
thinly sliced red onions
To make garbanzo bean patty
Add carrot slices into a food processor, process for few seconds, until coarsely ground. Scrape the sides and lid.
Add all the remaining garbanzo bean patty ingredients (except oil) and process for about 15 seconds, until it starts to gather together (turn off machine once in between, stir mixture with a spoon).
Divide mixture into 4 equal portions and shape into 1/2 - 3/4 inch thick patty.
Heat vegetable oil in a large non-stick pan over medium heat. When oil gets moderately hot, cook burgers until brown on both sides, about 2-3 minutes per side. (Use a flat spatula to turn the burgers and be gentle, so it won't break). Transfer burgers on to a plate
To make garam masala sauce
Stir all sauce ingredients together (can be made ahead and stored in the refrigerator).
To assemble burgers
Spread some garam masala sauce on top of the bottom bun, place a patty and then top with lettuce, sliced onion and tomato. Close with top bun and eat.
Patty is delicious served as is with sauce or on a salad.
If you do not have garam masala powder, make recipe as is (omitting garam masala powder). Will be less spicy but still delicious.
For baking option: Add 1 tablespoon vegetable oil along with all patty ingredients and process. Shape into 4 patties, place on a greased cookie sheet, spray a coating of non-stick cooking spray on top. Bake for about 30 minutes in a preheated 450 degree oven. Place pan on a wire rack to cool (DO NOT try to remove patties while it's hot. Let it cool down (patty with firm up as it cools) and enjoy.