Butter Bean Burgers {Vegan}

Trying to find the perfect homemade vegetarian burger recipe has proven to be more challenging than I anticipated. I love experimenting and I love a good veggie burger. Sometimes it works out as planned, sometimes it doesn’t. Last night it did!

As far as eating out goes, the steady rise in people choosing to follow a vegan/vegetarian lifestyle means the hospitality industry has also upped their game. There are better options to choose from these days than 10 years ago. The fact is, we actually have options now! We have come a long way from the horrendous cardboard looking/tasting burgers of old. You know the ones I’m talking about… Those sad, tasteless, colourless, bland soya-based patties that had freezer burn from being frozen for so long. Ja, nobody wants to eat that!

Last night, the planet’s aligned. I felt inspired after going for a run and made the best veggie burger patties! I wasn’t initially planning burgers for supper and decided to make them on a whim. I didn’t think about it too much and just threw some ingredients together –  They turned out to be delicious!

Butter Bean Burgers

Ingredients

1 Tin of butter beans
1 Egg
2 – 3 Spring onions
1/2 tsp garlic salt
1 Tbsp cake flour
2 Tbsp bread crumbs and extra to coat
Coconut oil to fry in

Method

  1. Drain and mash the beans with a fork.
  2. Finely chop the spring onions and add to the mashed beans.
  3. Add the flour and garlic salt.
  4. Add the egg and mix well (I used my hand).
  5. Add the breadcrumbs and mix (add more if the mixture feels too wet).
  6. Split the mixture into 4 use your hands to roughly shape into 4 patties and coat in breadcrumbs.
  7. Leave the patties to rest for 15min before you fry them.
  8. Fry in a generous amount of coconut oil over medium heat until golden and crispy before flipping.

Vegan option: Swop the egg and flour out for 2 Tbsp of ground flaxseed to bind it.

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Chef’s notes

  • I served mine with lettuce, tomato, mozzarella and caramelized onion, simple, but perfect!
  • Be warned, it’s quite a messy patty to form, but so worth it! I used my hands and had a bowl of breadcrumbs at the ready. Using 2 tablespoons also works well to manipulate this sticky concoction!
  • Would go very well with this onion marmalade I love to make.

Nicky

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