Perhaps you are thinking ‘Urgh. Bean burgers?’ And I will answer your question with another question ‘Have you tried them?’ and if the answer is no, then please try these and if the answer is yes, then still please try these. They are such a crowd-pleaser and Ivan gobbles them up as though they were quarter-pounders with bacon and he can hardly even tell the difference, I swear.
Many of the bean burger recipes I’ve seen have either egg, nuts or breadcrumbs in them, all of which we aren’t so keen on (we don’t mind breadcrumbs, but they don’t sell them here without sugar, so we’d literally have to make bread and then make breadcrumbs and seriously I cannot be bothered). So we’ve crafted a recipe that uses all the ingredients we have on hand, which pretty much makes them accessible to anyone.
We serve them on these bread rolls, which I’ve recently started making without the 2 tbsp of oil and I can not taste the difference. So there you have it.
Plant-Strong Bean Burgers (OK, they’re vegan, oil-free, nut-free and potentially gluten-free)
Makes 6 patties
- 1 cup black beans (we’ve used bayo beans before too, which work great)
- 1 cup grated carrot or chopped red bell pepper (we use whatever we have)
- 1/4 cup sweet corn kernels (fresh/frozen/canned)
- 1/4 cup rolled oats (maybe more if it’s too mushy)
- 1/2 red onion
- 2 cloves garlic
- 2 tsp cumin
- 1/2 tsp chili
- 1/2 tsp coriander
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 tbsp water (maybe more/less depending on how mushy it is)
Gradually add everything to a food processor/blender or take turns processing it with a handheld blender (this is what we do because we currently do not have a processor).
If it gets clumpy, drizzle water into it until it’s smooth enough to blend.
Heat a pan or grill til it’s really hot. (Test it by splashing some water on it, if it sizzles, it’s ready). Shape the burger mix into patties and place on the pan/grill. Cook on a low heat until both sides are browned and crispy.
Serve either on their own with salad, or place between a wholewheat bun.
Make mini buns and mini patties for your mini human! (Just omit the chili, or use less)