Last month I hosted a small Grammys watch party. There were chips and vegan cookies. But thinking that my loved ones may be in need of a little more substance, (let’s remember that the Grammys graces us with at least three hours of awards and performances) I decided to make a small meal for everyone.
I’ve yet to attempt a homemade veggie patty or burger substitute, so I made BBQ chickpea sliders. Chickpeas are extremely affordable (you can buy a can for less than a dollar). BBQ chickpeas are delicious and can really resemble the taste of a pulled pork sandwich. I topped the sliders with an avocado pineapple homemade garnish, and the flavors really complimented each other. The Grammys are over, but the Oscars are around the corner and there are plenty of reasons to host year round. BBQ chickpea sliders are a great dinner option for yourself, and they are a super cheap and easy way to serve those you love.
Ingredients: makes 5 sliders
- One 15 ounce can of chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
- 1/2 cup barbecue sauce
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp chili powder
- salt (to taste)
- slider buns
For the pineapple avocado topping:
- 1/2 an avacado
- 1/3 cup crushed pineapple
- One lime
- 1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar
- salt and pepper
Step 1: Drain and rinse.
Step 2: Add chickpeas, BBQ sauce, chili powder, and garlic powder to a sauce pan and cook over medium for 10-15 minutes.
Step 3: Stir the chickpeas and crush half of them.
Step 4: Juice the lime and add to smashed avocado, apple cider vinegar and crushed pineapple. Stir until a chunky sauce is made.
Step 5: Salt and pepper both chickpeas and avocado pineapple topping to taste.
Step 6: Assemble chickpeas on sliders and top with avocado pineapple sauce.
While a slider of any kind doesn’t scream “health,” chickpeas are a great source of protein, fiber, iron, and B vitamins. These simple sandwiches are a great alternative even if you eat meat. They are easy on the wallet, but create an exiting combination of flavors for the taste buds. This recipe can easily be made vegan and gluten free if you choose the slider buns accordingly. I served them with roasted vegetables and chips but soup or potato wedges are another great option.
Regardless of what they are paired with, BBQ chickpea sliders are bound to be a hit.