It is thanks to Lorraine Pascal that we first ate homemade veggie burgers in our house. Her Spicy been burgers are full of flavour and really quite substantial: “meaty” springs to mind, although obviously they are entirely meat-free! We try to have a couple of meat-free days a week and as Lorraine’s burgers are a tried and tested formula we make them quite regularly. To mix things up a little I decided, last week, to try out a few combinations of my own. I was really chuffed that my first creation was an instant success: we all loved them, little Coco included! I’ve decided it’s probably very difficult to go wrong with veggie burgers. I haven’t suddenly acquired that illusive culinary goodness status, there is simply a fantastic range of fresh veg available these days, it’s hard to go wrong!
Makes 2 large and 2-3 small burgers
160g sweetcorn (frozen, or of course fresh). If using frozen, cook for 2-3 minutes.
60g spinach leaves
100g feta cheese
400g butter beans
3 large spring onions, chopped
a handful (ca. 1 tbsp) basil, chopped
1 clove of garlic, finely chopped
1 tbsp fresh coriander, finely chopped
1 tbsp parsley, finely chopped
50g panko (or fresh breadcrumbs if you don’t have panko)
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 tbsp olive oil
Tip: As we were making these for Coco and her three teeth too, I blended all of the ingredients in blender. It makes the burgers a little wet, so you need to fry them lightly in the pan before baking so they don’t fall apart. But for more texture mash the butter beans and mix in the beans, feta and the sweetcorn after you have blended the other ingredients.
In a food processor combine the basil, coriander, parsley and spinach and garlic. Next add the butter beans, spring onions, sweetcorn and pulse a little further. Finally add the feta, egg and panko and blend to combine. Season with a little pepper.
For more texture (see tip above) just blend the basil, coriander, parsley, spinach and garlic. Mash the butter beans and add along with the sweetcorn, spring onions, feta, panko and mix well. Beat the egg, pour into the mixture and stir well to combine. Season with pepper.
Shape the mixture into the burgers.
Either grill the burgers on each side until lightly browning and cooked through or fry on each side in a little olive oil. Serve with some cream fraiche and a salad.