There’s a bit of an art to creating a delicious veggie burger. For me, it needs to have a delicious dance of flavours, an exciting dense texture, moist on the inside with a little, thin layer of crunch on the outside.
Holding together nicely is a bit of a must – and I am sure we all love a veggie burger that holds together really well! Cooked beans usually provide an excellent base, and when mashed (or blended) they have the tendency to help hold everything together.
In this recipe, I am sharing a tasty, high-protein bean burger. From a health perspective, the spices really help to get the circulation flowing, warming us up when the days are starting to get chilly (yey!). You can easily adjust the spices to your preferred levels. I am not particularly accustomed to chili and the smallest amount will have me on fire, so I tend to err on the side of ‘less is more’.
I also want to taste the whole medley of veggie burger flavours, rather than one dominating spice (another good reason not to overdo it on the chili). These Spicy Bean Burgers benefit from a little rice flour to encourage the binding process. The tomato puree also helps to bring everything together whilst inviting in an exciting tanginess. Grated apple adds a subtle, yet the surprisingly welcome balance of sweetness.
You can use canned chickpeas and beans, although you might like to cook up your own from scratch. I tend to do a massive pan full, make a big batch of veggie burgers (they should freeze well) and then pop any leftover beans/chickpeas in the fridge (if I am going to use them within a few days) or freeze (if it might take me a while to use them).
- 3 large garlic cloves
- 300g chickpeas (cooked)
- 250g kidney beans (cooked)
- 1/2 medium sized apple
- 6 tablespoons tomato puree
- Small handful fresh parsley
- 1 tablespoon ground coriander
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
- 4 tablespoons brown rice flour
I do hope that you create some delicious Spicy Bean Burgers. Remember to let me know how you get on in the comments below…