Cocoa in burger buns? Seems a little odd to you? Not to me, it doesn’t. The thought of adding some chocolate flavour in buns without the sweetness and fat, seemed too good to pass up when I first saw them at Palachinka, Marija‘s beautiful blog. And when she describes these buns as “incredible”, I have to agree.
They do really well (in my opinion) as burger buns also, if you’re willing to take a chance and do a bit of “out of the box” thinking where burger buns are concerned.
I have made Marija’s Whole Wheat Cocoa Buns a couple of times now. The last time I made them, I slightly tweaked (which is the one on this post) her recipe and I liked this version too. While she suggests trying the buns with dulche de leche, I thought this tweaked version would make good burger buns.
As for the patties, I just put together what I had on hand the particular day I made them as a snack for tea. Whenever I soak chickpeas, I always add a little more than I need. I cook them, then drain and freeze the extra chickpeas for later use so I almost always have some in the freezer.
I also made double the recipe of the patties and froze the left over patties and used them with these buns to make vegetable burgers. Use whatever you would like inside your vegetable burgers. My burger has some lettuce (surprisingly, considering we don’t really like lettuce but I had some I needed to use up), onion, tomato, sweet and sour mango chutney and cheese. This makes my vegetable burger reasonably strong in the “healthy” department too.