Having just moved into my new place, I have stocked up on a lot of kitchen cupboard essentials including countless numbers of beans and pulses!
These burgers are super simple, healthy and inexpensive. I do recommend them if you have a food blender as the beans take a bit of mashing/pulping but they can be done my hand of course too! You can use any old cans of pulses really but I found this combination works well as it is very flavoursome - is it just me or can lots of veggie burgers be pretty bland?!
Ingredients (for 6 large burgers)
1 can of chickpeas
1 can of mixed bean salad (I use the Tesco own can in vinegar)
2 garlic cloves
2 large sprigs of spring onion
2 carrots, grated
1 large egg
3 tablespoons plain flour
Remember, this is just a basic recipe - you can literally add or change most of the ingredients to suit your own tastes! For a spicy kick add some fresh chilli, chuck in some kidney beans or perhaps some fresh coriander? I also think adding a little well drained tuna would work well for an added protein boost.
1) Using a food processor I blended the carrots, chickpeas, garlic, onion together till a pulpy (nice) mixture emerged.
2) In a bowl mix this with the egg, seasoning and flour. The mix will be fairly sloppy so be prepared to get sticky hands when making into balls!
3) I made each burger with a large tablespoon of mixture and shaped as well as I could into a ball and flattened. As I was making these for dinner with a friend, I made them earlier on in the day and left for an hour so the flavours could 'get friendly' and then all I had to do was fry on each side in hot oil for 3 minutes each side (more if bigger).
And that is it! Super simple and easy. I have frozen half my batch for another week - just place a little greaseproof paper in between each burger to prevent sticking.
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