Last weekend we were invited to a vegetarian bbq with some friends and all the participants were given a task to bring something from the menu. My job was to secure the veggie burgers.
I’m not a fan of pre-cooked ready meals and heavily processed food, so I decided to give it a try and make my own veggie burgers. I read plenty of recipes online and got inspired to experiment…
I apologize for the quality of the photos in the making process, but I wasn’t intending to post on the blog. I only took a few shots with my phone to show the bbq hostess how I prepared them. The burgers disappeared so quickly, that we didn’t even make a decent final photo. I think that was a good sign!
Ingredients – serves 12:
1 can red kidney beans – drained
1 courgette – grated
1 onion – diced
3 carrots – grated
5 slices of roasted yam – grated
1/2 plantain – chopped in small cubes
2 cloves garlic – crashed
10 leaves basil – finely chopped
salt, pepper, cumin and rosemary – to taste
2 eggs & flour for kneading
1 tb spoon of olive oil
Note: All the recipes that I check start with a drained can of beans or peas. I used red kidney beans, because that’s what I found in the cupboard. Beans are a good source of protein, which comes useful when you don’t eat meat.
1. Drain, grate, dice and chop everything in a big bowl. No particular order. I asked specifically if the vegetarians at the party eat eggs, so I added two eggs to knead the rest of the ingredients. You can skip the eggs if you like and add some more flour later.
2. Mix it all up nicely. It doesn’t look too appealing here, but tastes good later.
3. Shape the burgers in the size you want. Roll each one in some flour to make them crispy on the outside and keep the moisture inside. Splash some olive oil on the bottom of a tray and put in preheated oven for 5-10 minutes on each side.
4. Once cooked through in the oven, they will be in one piece and you can put them on the bbq. If you’re not intending to finish off on the grill, then you can leave for a little longer in the oven.
I browsed through all the random photos and found this one showing a flying burger entering the shot, where I’m enjoying a cheeky glass or London Pride 😉
Tell if you try the burgers and how you like them.