Let’s be honest. To most meat-a-holics, the idea of eating a veggie burger is something close to eating chalk. I’ve got to admit that I too was victim to such ignorant thoughts. My childhood is filled with memories of mommy’s delicious chicken or beef burgers for breakfast and the seldom visit to McDonald’s to gorge on the Spicy McChicken or to Burger King for the Mushroom Swiss!
That was until I made this vegetarian patty within the comfort of my home and tasted just how wonderful, albeit different, the experience tucked into every bite of a Veggie Burger is! (This was my first attempt at making a patty from scratch. I still can’t believe my first homemade burger was a vegetarian one! 😉 )
You must be wondering, how on earth can a Veggie Burger match up to a succulent meaty one, right? Wrong! Take my word for it, Veggie Burgers are not as bad as they seem in our minds. They are not bad at all. They are actually quite delicious. And I promise you, even if you take a while to warm up to the idea, this Veggie Burger will not disappoint! And for those who love vegetarian delights, I’m sure you’ll will love this! 😀
Here’s what you need:
- Chickpeas – 210 g
- Sweet Corn – 100 g
- Few sprigs of fresh coriander, picked and washed
- Paprika – 1 tsp
- Red Chilli Powder – 1/2 tsp
- Ground Coriander – 1/2 tsp
- Ground Cumin – 1/2 tsp
- Dry Mango Powder – 1/2 tsp
- Zest of 1 lemon
- Juice of 1/2 lemon
- All Purpose Flour – 2 tbsp
- Salt – to taste
- Few lettuce leaves
- Tomatoes – 2
- Crushed pepper – to taste
- A dollop of tomato ketchup
- Few drops of hot sauce (or more, depending on the level of spice you prefer)
- Sliced Cheese – 4 slices
- Fresh Burger Buns – 4
Here’s how you make this amazing Veggie Burger:
- Place the chickpeas, sweetcorn, fresh coriander, spices, lemon zest and juice, flour and salt in a food processor and pulse until the mixture is combined but not fully smooth – you want to retain some texture.
- Line a tray with parchment paper. Divide the mixture into four parts and shape each portion into equally sized patties and place on the tray. Pop the tray into the refrigerator for an hour to firm up.
- Heat oil in a pan. Cook the patties for around ten minutes or until the outsides are crisp and golden brown and the patty is cooked through.
- Toast burger buns on the same pan for a few seconds. Lather the lower half of the bun with tomato ketchup and add a few drops of hot sauce. Place the patty on top.
- Slice tomato and lettuce and pile on top of the patty. Place a slice of cheese on top of the lettuce and sprinkle a bit of crushed pepper and pop into the microwave oven for 20 seconds or just until the cheese melts a bit.
- Complete by placing the top half of the burger bun on top of the melted cheese. Your Veggie Burger is ready to eat!
This recipe for this super tasty Veggie Burger has been a long time coming. It was the dish I prepared for my first column in my ‘Masterclass with Winola Peris’ series published monthly in The Woman magazine, Oman.
A great alternative to a chunky, heavy meat burger, this vegetarian burger is healthy, nutritious and filling. But most of all it is appetizing. (I mean, look at these photographs; don’t they make you hungry? If they look so good, just imagine how amazing they must taste? 😛)
The patty is moist and flavourful. Packed with a sweet hint of corn, coarse creaminess from the chickpeas, the hits of spice and nice from the paprika, cumin, coriander, chilli and mango powder and the tang from the lemon, this burger is perfect to sate your craving for a healthy and energy packed, yet scrumptious meal. And burgers are versatile, really; they can be eaten for breakfast, lunch or dinner (or even with your evening coffee 😉)!
I’m not saying that once you bite into a Veggie Burger, you’ll never go back to a meaty one. God knows I have! But if you’re looking for something different or a healthy variant to satisfy your regular burger craving (and keep the weight off), this recipe is a must try!
- If you’re not a fan of the sweetness that corn lends to a dish, you can skip it completely, or replace it with black beans or white beans.
- Instead of a store bought burger bun, it would be great to use a freshly baked homemade Brioche Bun. (I’ll be trying my hand at baking a Brioche Bun soon; will let you know how it goes 🙂)