I wanted to make a beany burger which kind of looked like a beef burger! With the BBQ season coming up there are loads of overly processed “meat alternatives” in the shops including quorn burgers and sausages . I love a good home made beany burger but I understand that not everyone wants to be so obviously different with bright pink beetroot burgers or green speckled garden burgers, so here is a burger which looks kind of dull but is packed with flavour!!!
You can keep these ready made in the freezer (Cook them first then just reheat as desired) which makes them perfect as a make ahead option ready to take around to a BBQ with friends. the mixture itself is much wetter than any other burger I have made in the past but they firm up once cooled then cooked. I quite liked the wet texture because it made the burger very soft to eat and the flavours blended nicely.
These would be good on the flat cooking surface of a modern BBQ rather than on a grid, mainly so that it can firm up nicely without falling through the gaps! You could also lay a sheet of foil or place a small frying pan on to the bbq.
I’ve learnt recently that cooking the spices before adding them to the burger mixture really improves the flavour, giving it more depth and getting rid of that slightly raw bitter taste they can sometimes have. I’ve used some nice strong spices to create a real smokey taste to this burger so I definitely recommend not skipping this step!
Makes 4 large burgers
Vegan, Gluten Free, Processed Rubbish Free, Summer approved!
2 Garlic Cloves
1 Red Chilli
1 tspn Smoked Paprika
1/2 tspn Ground Coriander
1/2 tspn Fennel Seeds
1 Can (230g) Drained Black Beans
6 tblspn Cooked Quinoa
1 – 1 and a 1/2 heaped tblspn Gluten Free Flour
Finely chop the onion, garlic and chilli and cook in a frying pan for 4 minutes until the onion is soft and translucent then add your spices and cook for a further 2-3 minutes.
Put the onion and spice mixture in a blender with the black beans and a good pinch of salt and blend until you have a rough paste. This was the stage where I realised the mixture gets smooth very quickly so only blend for short intervals and keep checking. It should be smooth and wet but not runny.
Tip the blended mixture into a bowl and add the cooked quinoa and 1 tblspn flour and mix well. At this point do not panic and add loads more flour, I promise it will set beautifully in the pan.
Put the mixture in the fridge for an hour or so (or over night). When ready to cook heat a pan/ grill and scoop out 1/4 of the mixture and shape it into a ball then place it into the pan, press down with a spatula so it becomes a pattie/ burger shape. Cook on one side for 2-3 minutes then flip it over (I flipped it like a pancake).
You can use the flat edge of the spatula to reshape the edges if it goes a bit oblong! Cook for a further 2-3 minutes on the other side and serve hot. It will be done when the edges are crispy and dark and the middle is hot.
This burger is perfect served with a good BBQ sauce with loads of salad in a nice burger bun (Gluten free if you choose of course!)