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Healthy & Delicious: Chicken Pecan Bulgur Burgers

Editor's note: On Mondays, Kristen Swensson Sturt of Cheap, Healthy, Good swings by these parts to share healthy and delicious recipes with us. Take it away, Kristen!

[Photograph: Kristen Swensson Sturt]

I've been on a burger kick recently, making patties out of anything that doesn't resemble ground cow meat. A solid recipe for Dijon Tuna Burgers was the result of one happy experiment, while a not-as-solid canned salmon spin was another.

As a chickpea enthusiast (bring on the hummus and falafel), I've also been trying to learn more about the cooking of Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, and various countries in and around the Fertile Crescent. Faye Levy's Feast from the Mideast has been invaluable in that sense, as it's essentially a primer for the region's cuisine, as well as a cookbook.

Imagine my unfettered (unfettered!) enthusiasm (enthusiasm!), then, when discovering this recipe for Chicken Pecan Bulgur Burgers in the appetizer section of Levy's book. The patties are meant to be served before a meal, but it was apparent just looking at the ingredient list that they would make a hearty main course, as well.

Oh, and did they ever. With a subtle, zesty sweetness and chewy/crunchy texture, they're a tasty curveball for those expecting heavy beef burgers. Full of protein, fiber, and good fats, they're comparatively healthy, too, so your guests and/or family and/or beloved squatters will be doubly thankful.

After all, don't you love it when good health and good flavor come together?

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