[donotprint] 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!
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? [/donotprint]
Vegan Chickpea and Sweet Potato Spiced Burgers
Servings – 1
Preparation Time – 5 minutes
Cooking Time – 15 minutes
- 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
- Preheat oven to 180C (350F).
- Mash chickpeas, combine with sweet potato and all other ingredients.
- 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.
- Serve on a spelt burger bun with some fresh leaves and tzatziki on the side.