No better burger

by Peachy Palate on October 19, 2012

I think veggie burgers sometimes have a tendency to sound a little bit complex. As much as I love adding an array of ingredients with lots of interesting textures and flavours, sometimes the simplest of components can make for a truly special burger.

It’s not special merely because of it’s simplicity, but I will admit it’s a huge selling point! Chickpeas are just an incredible veggie burger component. When cooked and smashed they require less binger than other beans and legumes as they’re a little drier, starchier if you will.

This burger came about out of a desire to use up some leftovers! Sweet potato, chickpeas…and not a whole lot else! Of course it can never be that straightforward with me and I of course had to whip up a batch of spelt buns.

Trials and tribulations ensued as for some reason I just wasn’t getting the doughy consistency I desired, the rise just wasn’t happening. Some 3 or 4 attempts later and I finally cracked it. The right amount of yeast, plenty of kneading, a nice warm environment and a little bit controversially only allowed to rise the once before being baked for a mere 10 minutes in the oven.

The result was a light, doughy burger bun, perfecto! Well worth the repeated attempts to achieve perfection!

The burger itself was awesome! Crisp on the outside, soft in the middle, not a all crumbly or mushy. It held together beautifully in the the bun as I chowed down. None of the “squidgy-ness ” that can sometimes ensue as you press the bun together!

I opted for a little curry powder in the burger mix along with some extra cumin and coriander. Not a spoonful of flour or egg in site but a mere sprinkling of ground flax seed. If you discount the seasoning and spices you have yourself the ultimate three ingredient vegan burger right there! I served mine up with a little tzatziki on the side which I subsequently sandwich a little of in with the burger. Delicious!!!!

I have been singing the burgers praises all week, urging my mum to make up a batch for the family. Of course she needed the recipe in writing as well as a little few photographs to lure her in….they’re now on the menu tonight! Smile

Hope you like them as much as I did!!! I’ve posted an updated burger bun recipe which you can find here!

What’s your favourite simple vegan burger?

Vegan Chickpea and Sweet Potato Spiced Burgers

Servings – 1

Preparation Time – 5 minutes

Cooking Time – 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup cooked chickpeas
  • 1/3 cup cooked mashed sweet potato
  • 1/2 tsp curry powder
  • 1/2 tbsp ground flax seed meal
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp coriander
  • Pinch of salt
  • Pinch of black pepper
  • Tzatziki to serve

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 180C (350F).
  2. Mash chickpeas, combine with sweet potato and all other ingredients.
  3. Mould mixture in to one nice size burger patty. Place on a non stick baking tray and bake in the oven for 15 minutes, flipping over half way through.
  4. Serve on a spelt burger bun with some fresh leaves and tzatziki on the side.

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