Minced beef panelle burgers

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Minced beef panelle burgers

Main Serves 10 25 min
Panelle are Italian chickpea fritters, a popular snack served hot and crispy straight out of the pan. Here the addition of minced beef turns them into more of a main meal – they're great eaten in a sesame bun, either on their own of with all the trappings you'd usually have with a burger. Or try them with braised greens and quinoa for a lighter dinner.


  • 1 onion, finely diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 350g minced beef
  • 1 mug chickpea flour
  • 2 mugs water


Prep time: 10 min
Cooking time: 15 min
  • Step 1

    Sauté the onion until soft. Add the garlic and minced beef and continue to cook for 5 minutes. Pour off any fat and tip the mixture onto some kitchen paper. Pat with more kitchen paper to dry.
  • Step 2

    Make a paste by mixing the chickpea flour and water, and stir in the beef and onion mixture. Tip onto an oiled baking tray, cool and cut into squares.
  • Step 3

    Fry in about 2cm of oil heated to 180°C (watch them like a hawk) until golden and crispy. In Sicily they serve them in sesame rolls.

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