I really need to get better at taking pictures of the completed meal before eating it…
These burgers are so cheap and easy to make, and are a good way to make sure you’re getting enough protein! I like to serve them with fresh spinach in a bun, but they’re really good in wraps too. I’ve introduced the ingredients as I go along, but included a rough list of exact quantities at the end.
Drain a can of pre-cooked chickpeas, and a can of borlotti or kidney beans in a colander, then empty them onto a chopping board and dry with paper towel.
Roughly chop the beans with a knife, you don’t have to chop them finely but don’t leave that many intact
In a large bowl, grate in one large peeled carrot, or a couple of smaller ones. The moisture
from the carrot along with the tomato puree (added later) will be enough to bind the burgers, so no need to add egg.
Then add the seasoning; I used a generous amount of cumin, smoked paprika, ground coriander as well as a pinch of salt and pepper and 2 cloves of garlic, crushed. Add about 2 tbsp of tomato puree.
Optional extra: I added grated red cheddar as well, which means you don’t need to serve the burgers with cheese. This can be left out to make the recipe vegan.
Next form the burgers into patty shapes with clean hands. I find that a small palm-sized amount is the best size to prevent breakage when frying. Coat the patties in flour. I managed to make 9 with this recipe.
I couldn’t film the last step, but gently heat about 2tbsp of oil in a pan and shallow-fry the burgers for 5 minutes on each side until golden and heated through. I’d recommend frying them beforehand then adding them to a grill to heat up if you want to serve them at a BBQ just to make sure the flour is cooked. Enjoy!
1 400g tin of chickpeas
1 400g tin of borlotti/kidney beans (or dried equivalent soaked overnight)
I never really thought of writing down the recipes of food I make, but this one is such a good go to and is actually really cheap to make! I usually make a big batch if I’ve got friends coming over and it can be adapted to use up ingredients you have. You can replace the vegetables, or add meat – I prefer to keep it vegan. If you don’t have premade curry paste there’s a lot of good recipes to make your own from scratch.
I kept the recipe very simple – there’s definitely better curries out there but this is just how I like to make mine.
Prep: 10 Mins – Cooking time: 40 Mins – Serves: 4-6
2 large sweet potatoes or a few smaller ones
1 large onion (I prefer red onions) or 2 small ones
3 cloves of garlic
400g tin of chickpeas (can probably replace with lentils)
400g tin of tomatoes
500ml of stock (I use a vegetable stock cube dissolved in water)
2 tbps tomato puree
2 tbps curry paste (I use Patak’s premade madras paste)
2 tsps of cumin, chilli powder, ground coriander, whatever other spices you have
200ml coconut milk (makes it creamy and a bit less spicy)
1/2 lime juice
freshly chopped coriander/cilantro if you can get it
2 tbsp ground almond makes it sweet
1 tbsp mango chutney (also good to serve with it)
Dice onion and finely chop garlic.
Heat oil in a large pan and start frying the onion. Then add garlic and curry paste, and cook on a low heat, while you chop the vegetables.
Add the peeled and chopped potatoes, the washed and sliced courgette, and the can of chickpeas (after draining them in the sink).
Fry the vegetables for a couple of minutes (making sure nothing gets stuck to the pan), then pour in the tinned tomatoes and stock.
Chuck in the rest of the ingredients, while the curry comes to a boil.
Add spices and taste to check hotness.
Reduce the heat, cover with a lid and simmer for 40 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes or so. (You can go watch TV at this point just remember to come back and stir occasionally so it doesn’t burn/stick).
Check that the potato is cooked throughout (it will be soft and easy to cut through) and it’s done!
I like to add a handful of fresh spinach at this stage which wilts and cooks v quickly in the hot curry. You can also add more stock/coconut milk if its too dry.
Serve with rice and naan bread! This also reheats and freezes well. If you enjoyed this or want more recipes please comment! If you have any tips for improving this recipe please comment those too!
(I’ll try and take better pictures next time – I was hungry!) A xxx