Who doesn’t love indulging in a burger and fries every now and then? When doing a lot of your own cooking and focusing on a whole foods diet that is mainly (or entirely) plant-based, you don’t have to worry much about unhealthy foods, fats or fads.
Ah yes, cooking from scratch can be really healthy but, at the same time, really tasty.
Enter: the veggie burger.
There are of course a gazillion versions of vegan burgers/patties readily available on the market these days, and that’s great every now and again, but if you want to make your own you can copy my favourite burger recipe below. This recipe will provide you with a good overview of pretty much everything that goes into making the patties, while the finished product will give you that sense of comfort and fulfillment that a fast food takeaway might normally give you.
Also, one of the main ingredients is black beans, packed full of protein and other fantastic nutrients.
So try it and let me know what you think!
This recipe makes 6-8 patties and takes 1 hour from start to finish (20 minutes prep time, 30-40 minutes cooking time).
2 cans black beans, drained, rinsed, and patted dry (if boiling beans from scratch, use 1 cup uncooked beans and follow cooking directions)
1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
1 bell pepper, finely chopped
1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. smoked paprika
1/2 cup breadcrumbs or oat flour
1/2 cup raw walnuts (or substitute with another 1/2 cup of breadcrumbs/oat flour)
2 tbsp. ketchup and/or vegan BBQ sauce
pinch of salt
pinch of pepper
Preheat the oven to 160°C/325°F.