Zesty Buffalo Ranch Chickpea Sliders

Written by: Rebecca Scritchfield, RDN
Host, Body Kindness Podcast 

These meatless “burgers” bring the heat with fiery buffalo sauce and cool down with creamy Litehouse® Homestyle Ranch Dressing. Vegetarian and budget-friendly, this recipe uses chickpeas, carrot, and brown rice to offer a meat-like texture reminiscent of buffalo chicken wings flavors.

Loaded with plant-based proteins and fiber, these chickpea-based burgers are a meal you definitely want to keep on your "digestive support" list. Make the sliders if you’re serving a crowd or little ones.

In the mood for a lighter meal? Skip the bun and enjoy them wrapped in green leaf or butter lettuce. Also try them crumbled over mixed greens with veggies and Litehouse® Homestyle Ranch Dressing for a delicious salad.

Prepare them ahead of time – or cook them in advance and then reheat in the oven, stove top, or microwave before serving. Cooked patties will keep up to 4 days in the refrigerator. Leftovers can be frozen. 

Zesty Buffalo Ranch Chickpea Sliders

Serves 12 sliders or 6 burger patties | Finish in 25 minutes
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To Serve:

  • 12 Whole-Wheat Slider Buns
  • 6 small Lettuce Leaves, torn in half
  • 2 small Ripe Tomatoes, cut into 12 slices
  • 1 small Cucumber, thinly sliced into 24 slices
  • 1 c. Simple Spread Dip, divided

 

For the Simple Spreads:

Instead of ketchup or mustard try adding one of these simple spreads to your burger for added flavor.

  • 2/3 c. Litehouse® Homestyle Ranch Dressing
  • 1/3 c. of any of the following:
    • Low-Fat Greek Yogurt
    • Low-Fat Sour Cream
    • Hummus 

Ingredients

  • 1 15 oz. can Cooked Chickpeas
  • 1/4 c. Cooked Brown Rice
  • 1 c. Panko Bread Crumbs
  • 1/2 c. Chopped White Onion
  • 1 large Carrot, grated (or 1/2 c. grated)
  • 1 Garlic Clove, minced
  • 1 Egg Yolk
  • 1/4 c. Hot Wauce
  • 1/4 c. Litehouse® Homestyle Ranch Dressing
  • 1/8 tsp. Salt
  • 1/8 tsp. Pepper
  • 2 tbsp. Olive Oil (for pan frying or grilling)

Directions

  1. Combine chickpeas, brown rice, panko, grated carrot, minced garlic and onions into food processer.
  2. Pulse dry ingredients for 15-20 seconds until chickpeas are slightly mashed and mixture comes together.
  3. Add egg yolk, hot sauce, and Litehouse® Homestyle Ranch Dressing into food processer.
  4. With the wet ingredients added, pulse for 15-20 seconds.
  5. Shape mixture into patties. Burger size is approximately loosely packed ½ cup measure and slider size about ¼ cup measure. (Note: Mixture will be somewhat sticky. You can refrigerate for 20 minute before forming patties to reduce stickiness.)
  6. Heat a non-stick pan over medium heat. Lightly coat with olive oil. Once hot, add patties to the pan; cook 3-5 minutes on each side or until lightly browned.
  7. Remove from pan and allow to cool for about 10 minutes before serving,
  8. Spread about 1 tablespoon of spread suggestions on bottom half of each bun; top with 1 patty. Top each slider with 2 cucumber slices, 1/2 lettuce leaf, and 1 tomato slice. Top with bun tops.

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