Through the years, I probably have tried almost every fake meat product on the market. They never taste exactly like the meat product they're replacing, but since I don't generally like the taste of meat, it didn't bother me too much. It's a nice, quick shortcut for a dinner to use the frozen patty type products, and their nutritional information isn't too bad. However, these products are quite processed, and after reading more and more about processed soy, I'm trying to get away from it.
I've been very successful at making bean patty burgers in place of a hamburger, but one of my favorite faux meat products is buffalo chik'n nuggets and patties. I decided to look at the ingredients on the box while grocery shopping to get an idea of what I should put in them. That was absolutely no help as I couldn't even pronounce or understand what some of the ingredients were!
I'm pretty happy with my end product. It's not as crunchy and dippable, but made a great burger, had fantastic buffalo flavor, no artificial ingredients, and cost a lot less than a package of MSF Chik'n Patties!
Buffalo Chickpea Patties
1 15 oz. can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 c. rolled oats
1/4 c. buffalo sauce, plus more for serving
1 egg white
1 small yellow onion
1 tsp. garlic powder
Salt and pepper
Ranch or blue cheese
Celery (or cucumber, in my case)
Buns, lettuce, tomato and crumbled blue cheese, if served as burgers
Add chickpeas to a bowl, use a potato masher and mash until about 2/3 of the chickpeas are pasty and 1/3 are in pieces or whole.
Add the buffalo sauce to the chickpeas.
Add half of the oats to a food processor, pulse to create a crumb, add to the chickpeas.
Beat the egg white in a small dish to a froth, add to the chickpeas.
Grate onion into the chickpeas, finally add the garlic powder, salt and pepper.
Use a spatula and fold mixture, combining ingredients well.
Heat a griddle over medium, spray with nonstick spray or add 1 tbsp. EVOO.
Use a 1/3 measuring cup to portion out chickpea mixture onto griddle, this yields about 5 patties.
Cook patties for 5-7 minutes, until crispy and brown, flip gently and cook for another 5-7 minutes.
Serve immediately to retain maximum crispness.