Bean burgers 

Cannellini & Gruyere Burgers
Cannellini bean burgers

Let’s be honest, the veggie burger hasn’t always had the best reputation. A knobbly eyesore precariously balanced on the edge of a barbecue and twice the size of everything else. Why are veggie burgers always so big? There is literally no bun on this earth (or at least in Sainsbury’s) that could accommodate such unnecessary proportions.
Also, most veggie burgers look like they’ve already made it half-way through the digestive tract before they’ve even made it onto the barbecue – my dad used to joke ‘you should just cut out the middle man and throw it straight down the toilet’ (haha, good one dad)… Although mine are no exception – someone even took to Facebook to comment that my burger looked like a ‘dried up old dog turd’. Bit harsh but I hear you.
But that is the nature of the veggie burger, it’s mushed up beans squashed between two buns and you know what, it may look like a something you might find at the bottom of a monkey cage but it doesn’t half taste good – especially covered in melted cheese.

Bean burgers
Makes 2 large or 4 small / Hands on time 30 mins / Total time 50 mins / V Vn Df 🌶
You’ll need: A hand blender or food processor, baking paper
1 tsp rapeseed oil
1 medium onion, peeled and finely diced
2 garlic cloves, peeled and diced
½ tsp smoked paprika
¼ tsp mild chilli powder
1 can of kidney or cannellini beans
3 wholemeal burger buns
50g bread crumbs (roughly an extra bun)
To serve (optional)
Your choice of vegetarian cheese, sliced red onion and tomato, Dijon mustard, ketchup, finely chopped gherkins and lettuce.

1. In a small frying pan, fry the onions, garlic, smoked paprika and chilli powder in the oil over a medium heat. Add a dash of water, season with salt and pepper and sweat down for 10 mins with the lid on.
2. To make the breadcrumbs, tear up one of the burger buns and blitz in a food processor until you have chunky breadcrumbs. Put to one side.
3. Rinse and drain the beans before pouring into a large bowl. Season well with salt and pepper and add the roughly chopped coriander. Blitz with a hand blender or food processor until you have a firm paste. Preheat an oven to 220°C/200°C fan/425°F/gas mark and prepare a small baking tray with baking paper.
4. Mix in the softened onions and the breadcrumbs until you have a firm, moist mixture. If making 2 large burgers, scoop up half the mixture with your hands and mould into a round patty. Place directly onto a baking tray and repeat with the second burger. If making 4 smaller burgers, divide the mixture into 4.
5. Place the burgers on a lined baking tray and bake for 10 mins before flipping over and cooking for an additional 10 mins. Once cooked, top with slices of cheese and bake for a further 5 mins or until the cheese has melted. Place each burger in a buttered bun along with your desired relish and salad.

Cannellini & Gruyere Burgers

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V– Vegetarian    Vn – Vegan      Df– Dairy free   🌶– Spicy

❄ The burgers are suitable for home freezings before cooking. Wrap well in a few layers of clingfilm or store in an airtight container in the freezer. Add 5 minutes to cooking time if cooking from frozen. Consume within 3 months. 


Quorn for thought…

I don’t really know much about Quorn, I know it’s some sort of protein from a fungus which sounds a bit rank actually, but I’d have given my right arm for it when I was a kid. My massive ugly veggie burger, disintegrating and staring at me on the BBQ next to all the other uniform beef burgers. “Errrr, what’s that? It looks like a poo” my friends would squeal, “yeah, it tastes like one too” I would think to myself, before running off to eat my embarrassing burger without anyone else noticing it’s freakish appearance. I like to think that Quorn was invented for tortured vegetarian kids like myself.