When it comes to veggie burgers, there are a grillion possibilities, right? You can make it bean-based, mushroom-based, quinoa-based and my favorite: chickpea based. There are more variations for sure, but I am deeply in love with chickpea veggie burgers on focaccia. This is another re-creation recipe of my all-time favorite veggie burger I used to order years ago at my favorite coffee shop. Anyone else remember coffee shops that weren't Starbucks and Dunkin' Donuts?
Community Supported Agriculture: A Great Way to Support Local Farmers
But before I get into that, I would like to welcome you to Season 2 of my Community Supported Agriculture Series. Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is all about supporting local farms by buying a share of their harvest before the growing season and receiving farm fresh produce every week for a certain period of time. As I did last year, I purchased a summer farm share at Clark Farm in Carlisle, MA.
Each week I arrive at the farm to pick up amazing fresh salad greens, kale, swiss chard, napa cabbage, carrots, broccolini, strawberries, zucchini, and so much more. It’s such a relaxing summer ritual and I truly enjoy knowing I’m eating healthy, organic veggies that were locally grown.
I highly encourage you to look into any CSA opportunities within your community. I know it can get a little pricey depending on where you are. However, you can always split a share with a friend and make it your weekly “thing” to pick up your CSA together. I did this years ago with a friend of mine and we loved it. Most farms offer different size shares to suit different needs.
Are you local here in Massachusetts in the Carlisle/Lexington/Concord area? Great! If you don’t have a CSA share, you can still enjoy the amazing organic vegetables of Clark Farm by visiting the Clark Farm Market in Carlisle, MA. If you are not local, next time you see a farm stand, take a moment to check it out. Whenever you can, support local farming by buying a few healthy items.
A Veggie Burger True to the Name
This veggie burger is filled with... vegetables! Did I need to mention this? I'm using the incredible organic zucchini, summer squash and carrots from Clark Farm for this one and I am thrilled with the result. Add some chickpeas, garlic, onion, egg, breadcrumbs and avocado and voila! A gourmet veggie burger that you will not be able to stop eating. I remember when I first had this veggie burger years ago and I fell in love with this flavor profile. Why stick with boring old lettuce, tomato and mayo to top this burger when you can so easily elevate it? Chickpea veggie burgers on focaccia are at their absolute best with honey mustard, avocado, microgreens and dill havarti. You simply must give this combo a try.
We've had such a great season with zucchini, summer squash and carrots this year at Clark Farm. Almost every week of distribution we've had incredible squash and definitely more carrots than last season. As previously mentioned, I eat a lot of veggies in the summer and Clark Farm carrots are my absolute favorite! I cannot recommend enough to please give community supported agriculture a try if you ever get the chance.
Chickpea Veggie Burgers on Focaccia are My Favorite Vegetarian Sandwich
I will be the first to admit that I am not a fantastic baker. It's just not my thing. This is why you don't see too many sweets or baked goods in general on my website. When I do make something sweet it's something I love that I've made many times. But when it comes to bread, I am not one to experiment and develop my own recipes. However, I did find the absolute most delicious rosemary focaccia bread from a lovely website called Baker Bettie. This is the only focaccia bread I make, and I have made it many times. It's easy to prepare and so incredibly delicious. Yes, you can certainly use a French roll, brioche or ciabatta for this, but focaccia puts this sandwich over the top.
If you are a regular reader of my website (which of course you are) you know that from time to time I simply INSIST you use high quality bread for sandwich making. This sandwich is infinitely better on homemade focaccia bread or high-quality bakery bread, please trust me on this. Yes, it is also excellent on the breads mentioned above. For me, I get tremendous satisfaction out of making rosemary focaccia bread. The smell of it baking fills my kitchen and brings a huge smile to my face. When it comes out of the oven I always break off a little piece, slather it with butter and devour it. You have permission to do the same.
All the Steps to Making Focaccia Bread
All the Steps to Making Chickpea Veggie Burgers
Need More CSA Ideas to Satisfy Your Craving? No Problem:
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- The Best Salsa You'll Ever Make
- Roasted Kohlrabi w/Lemon Garlic Tahini Sauce
- Zucchini Boats w/Garlic Tomatoes and Basil
- Incredible Zucchini & Summer Squash Gratin
- Amazing Summer Basil Pesto
- Crunchy Baked Kale Chips w/Kosher Salt
- Swiss Chard Pasta w/Lemony Breadcrumbs & Bacon Bits
- The Ultimate Roasted Veggie Sandwich