Chickpea Burgers with Tzatziki Sauce


Serving Size:
1 burger in pita, 1/4 cup tzatziki sauce

    Diet Types:
  • CKD non-dialysis
  • Diabetes
  • Dialysis
  • Heart Healthy
  • Lower Protein
  • Vegetarian


  • 1/2 recipe Tzatziki Sauce from the recipe
  • 15 ounces canned chickpeas
  • 4 small scallions or 2 large scallions
  • 4 red onion slices
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 pita bread


  1. Prepare the Tzatziki Sauce and refrigerate until ready to use.
  2. Rinse and drain the chickpeas. Trim and slice the scallions. Slice the onion.
  3. In a food processor, combine chickpeas, scallions, egg, flour, oregano, cumin and salt. Blend and pulse until a course mixture forms that holds together when pressed. The mixture will be moist. Form into 4 patties.
  4. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. When hot, add patties. Cook until golden and beginning to crisp, 4 to 5 minutes. Flip and cook until golden brown and crisp, 2 to 4 minutes more.
  5. Warm the pitas and cut each in half.
  6. Assemble burgers by carefully splitting pita halves open. Cut a chickpea burger in half and place the two halves inside pita as pictured, topping with tzatziki sauce and red onion slice.

Helpful hints

  • Add lettuce and cucumbers for extra crunch.
  • Chickpeas are also known as garbanzo beans. Compare labels and select the lowest sodium product.

Nutrients per serving

Calories 262

Protein 11 g

Carbohydrates 32 g

Fat 10 g

Cholesterol 48 mg

Sodium 355 mg

Potassium 243 mg

Phosphorus 180 mg

Calcium 75 mg

Fiber 5.2 g

Added Sugar 0 g

Kidney and kidney diabetic food choices

  •  1-1/2 starch
  • 1 low-potassium vegetable
  • 1-1/2 fat
  • 1/2 milk

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