Spicy Chickpea & Coriander Veggie Burgers (vegan & gluten-free)

img_3236We don’t like to throw away our almond milk pulp and didn’t really want another batch of bliss balls, despite the impending visit of the little grandchildren at the weekend (there were other treats awaiting them), so we made burgers as there were none left in the freezer. (You can substitute the almond pulp, see below)

These were the best of our burger experiments in terms of holding together easily, they were no problem at all to form into patties.

These burgers are full of essential nutrients, including protein, iron, omega fats, b vitamins, calcium, antioxidants.

Vegan, Gluten-free, Organic where possible.

Makes about 6-8, depending on size.

All measurements are very approximate.

Ingredients

1 Cup Chickpeas, drained & rinsed, left to dry out a little

1 Chia Egg (1 Tbsp Chia Seeds soaked in 3 Tbsps Water to form a gel)

1 Cup Almond Milk Pulp (or use a substitute, eg ground almond or other nuts, ground sunflower seeds, you may need to adjust the liquid required).

1 Very Small Onion, finely chopped

Crushed Garlic,  if liked

3/4 Cup Coarsely Grated Carrot

1/4 Cup Chopped Sweet Apricot Kernels (or Almonds or other nuts/seeds)

1/2 Tsp Vegetable Bouillon Powder

1/2 – 1 Tsp Ground Ginger

1/2 Tsp Ground Turmeric

1 Tsp Cumin Seeds

Good Splash of Tamari

Squeeze of Tomato Purée

1/2 Tbsp Coconut Oil, melted

Chopped Fresh Coriander

Black Pepper

Twist of Pink Himalayan Salt

Extra coconut oil for cooking.

Method

Process all ingredients until it will come together when you press it.

img_3225Using small handfuls, gently press and shape into rounds in the palm of your hands and then flatten on a board.

Refrigerate to firm them up.

(We had sun streaming through the kitchen window, trying to make amends I think after Storm Doris had blown herself out!)

Fry in a little coconut oil or bake in the oven on an oiled tray.

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We served them with a mixed salad, tamari-flavoured toasted pumpkin and sunflower seeds, and I had mushrooms and sweetcorn whilst my husband had jacket potato and cheese.

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Copyright: Chris McGowan

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Nutty Bean & Beetroot Veggie Burgers with Quinoa & Redcurrants

These are the third in a series of attempts to find a tasty home-made veggie burger that holds together well and I think in the latter category, these are the best! I think the key might be in using chia egg (chia seeds soaked in water to form a gel) rather than just the chia seeds on their own. In the other recipes, we had assumed that the seeds would soak up any excess moisture in the mix and combined with the chickpea flour, would hold it together. They worked well, but these worked even better.

Don’t be put off by the beetroot, they are peeled and grated and the burgers don’t taste earthy at all. Beetroot are heart healthy, a good source of potassium and good for the circulation. (Read Make Beetroot Your New Veg Friend! for the full benefits of eating/juicing beetroot).

I had a couple of burgers warm with some quinoa and a red- and whitecurrant dressing, with a green salad. The rest were put in the freezer and I had a couple when we had a picnic on a sunny day and they were even better! They held together and tasted amazing – I ate them with my fingers, like a biscuit, and they didn’t break up.

Quinoa is a complete protein and also gluten-free. It can be a little bland unless you add some spices, lime juice or dried fruit for example, here we’ve made a dressing using fresh red and white currants, but you could use defrosted frozen berries or dried cranberries.

Apart from being very tasty, redcurrants are a rich source of dietary fibre, potassium, Vitamin C and Vitamin K – necessary for blood-clotting and for good bone health.

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Ingredients – Burgers

1/2 Tin Black Beans, drained & rinsed

1/2 Medium Beetroot, grated

1 Small Onion, chopped

1 Clove of Garlic, crushed

1 Cup Ground Walnuts (you could substitute for seeds or other nuts, but they would give a different texture and flavour)

2″ Slice Marrow, chopped or 1/2 Courgette (Zucchini)

2 Chestnut Mushrooms, chopped

1 Tbsp Chia Seeds soaked in 3 Tbsps Water, stirred vigorously, to form a gel

1 1/2 Cups Chickpea Flour (garbanzo or gram)

A Squeeze of Tomato Purée

1 Tsp Vegetable Bouillon Powder

1/2 Tbsp Cumin Seeds

Handful Fresh Coriander, chopped

Splash of Tamari

Pink Himalayan Salt & Black Pepper

A little coconut oil for frying.

Method

Put everything in the food processor and pulse/slow process until it starts to come together but is still coarse, you don’t want it too smooth & mushy. Scrape it down between each blast.

With floured hands take handfuls of mix and form into burgers on a floured board using a flat spatula to help it come together if necessary. Sprinkle with a little flour before cooking. We made 5.

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Melt a little coconut oil in a frying pan, but not to smoking point, and gently cook the burgers. You might prefer to cook them in the oven.

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Quinoa

Just before you cook the burgers, put on some quinoa to cook as per instructions, keep the lid on until cooked, about 10-12 minutes – you want the moisture evaporated but the quinoa still keeping its shape, not broken up and mushy. If there is still some moisture, leave the lid off and turn the heat off but keep the pan on the warm plate, or turn it out into a hot dish and fluff it gently with a fork to allow the moisture to escape.

Red and White Currant Dressing

I adapted this from an Able & Cole recipe.

Place about 125g fresh Red and White Currants in a saucepan, add approximately 2 Tbsps water, 1 Tsp Maple Syrup, 1 Tsp Cumin Seeds. Heat slowly until the currants burst slightly. Remove from heat.

Pour half into the quinoa and lightly mix. Check seasoning.

Serve the burgers with the quinoa and a green salad and drizzle over the rest of the dressing.

See Vegan Tiger Nut & Peanut Chilli-Burger (you can use substitutes for Tiger Nuts) and Vegan Black Bean & Walnut Veggie Burger for the other recipes.

Copyright: Chris McGowan

Vegan Black Bean & Walnut Veggie Burger

Greg over at Pleasant Peasant Cuisine, is a lifelong vegetarian and is on a quest to find the perfect veggie burger. He has several great recipes on his blog. We too hanker after a good, tasty burger, but ours is even more difficult to find as it has to be vegan, gluten-free and nightshade-free, so no egg, wheatflour or tomato. We also need it to be simple, quick and uncomplicated!

Greg has used kidney beans, tofu and seitan, but we decided to try and devise our own version using black beans, which we’d never had before. We enhanced the protein content of the beans with organic chickpea flour to hold it together, chia seeds instead of egg, and walnuts to give it some bite and texture, as well as sweetcorn for a little colour.

Everything was thrown into the food processor and pulsed to bring it together, then shaped and cooked in a little coconut oil in a frying pan.

Black beans are often used in cajun and creole cooking and are good for vegetarians and vegans alike as they are high in protein and fibre:

1 Cup of cooked black beans provides 1/3 of a day’s protein requirement + 15g of fibre – US dietary guidelines recommend 21-25g per day for women and 30-38g per day for men.

They are also a good source of Vitamin B1 (thiamine) which, along with the other B vitamins, helps convert carbohydrates to glucose for fuel to provide energy and also helps metabolise fats and protein.

Black beans contain magnesium – important for relaxing muscles, good quality sleep and elevating mood – as well as iron.

So, on to the burgers – you thought I’d never get there, didn’t you?!

As always, the measurements are appoximate, it was a case of let’s try this and see how it goes and if it’s not enough add a bit more! Everything was organic and gluten-free. If you want a bit more colour or spice, you can add chilli powder or flakes or paprika or different herbs.

Ingredients

1 Cup Cooked Organic Black Beans (we used tinned, strained and rinsed)

1/2 Cup Walnut Pieces

1 Tbsp Chia Seeds* in 1 Tbsp Water

1 Cup Frozen Sweetcorn, defrosted

1 Onion, chopped

1/2 Stick Celery + leaves, chopped

1/2 Small Carrot, shaved

1 Clove Garlic, pressed

A good splash of Tamari

1 Tbsp Cumin Seeds

Pinch of Pink Himalayan Salt + Black Pepper

1 Tbsp Dried Miso Soup

2-3 Tbsps Chickpea Flour + extra for shaping & frying

imagePut everything in the food processor and pulse a few times to  bring it together, don’t overdo it  you want some texture not a purée! Test to see if you can squeeze it together. If it’s too wet, add a little more flour.

Dust a board with some flour and shape the mix into burgers.

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We managed 4 good-sized ones and a smaller one.

They are quite soft, so handle gently and use a fish slice to lift them into the pan and flip them over.

Melt a little coconut oil in a large frying pan, but not smoking.

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Cook on a medium heat turning a couple of times until done.

imageServed with a watercress or babyleaf and rocket salad, we added sprouted mung beans (more protein), and cumin spiced sweet potato oven chips (fries) with a piquant cashew ‘cheese’ sauce (see here for recipe),

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Do visit Greg, his blog is full of improvised, unusual and colourful recipes and beautiful photos (click on the link at the top of this post).

*http://www.therawchocolatecompany.com/

Copyright: Chris McGowan

Vegan Tiger Nut & Peanut Chilli-Burger

Creating a tasty vegan burger that is also gluten-free and nightshade free is quite a task. This has to be our best effort so far! It all came together at the first attempt and didn’t break up when cooking or turning. It was spicy, with some texture from the peanuts, mushrooms and celery. We will definitely make these again.

The challenge was to make something a bit different, preferably savoury, with the pulp left-over from making the horchata or Tiger Nut Milk with the new Naked Organic Peeled Tiger Nuts from The Tiger Nut Company.

(Don’t be put off if you don’t have access to tiger nuts, you could use other nut pulp or robust glutenfree flour).

Here’s the result:

(All ingredients are organic except the bouillon powder, everything is also vegan, gluten and nightshade-free, except the teaspoon of chilli flakes. I don’t generally eat peppers of any kind, but decided to have a pepper holiday for the purposes of this exercise. You can use any spice you prefer).

Ingredients

1 Cup Cooked Red Kidney Beans, or Tinned and rinsed

3/4 Cup Naked Tiger Nut Pulp (or any nut pulp or glutenfree flour)

1/2 Cup Coarsely Ground Organic Red Peanuts

1 Medium Purple Onion, chopped

1 Large Clove Garlic, pressed

1 Tbsp Chia Seeds*

3 Small Chestnut Mushrooms, chopped

2″ (5 cms) Courgette (Zucchini), washed and chopped (skin left on)

4″ (10 cms) Celery Stick, chopped + some chopped celery leaves

1/2 Small Carrot (skin left on) grated

1 Tsp Vegan Bouillon Powder

1/2 – 1 Tsp Chilli Flakes, depending on how spicy you want them

Splash of Tamari

Pinch of Pink Himalayan Salt and plenty of Ground Black Pepper to taste

Tiger Nut Flour for dusting – we used Chufa de Valencia because that’s what we had. It added a little texture when cooked – but chickpea flour is good too.

Coconut oil for frying

Method

imagePut everything except the Flour in a food processor and keep pulsing until it comes together enough to make a ball. You don’t want it smooth and mushy, but still with some bite.

Dust a board with some Tiger Nut Flour and some on your hands. Take small handfuls of the mix and shape into burgers. The  mixture should be enough to make 5 burgers, depending on size, we got a bit over-enthusiastic with the first and ended up with a tiny 5th one!

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Heat some coconut oil in a frying pan until hot but not smoking.

Cook the burgers, turning over a couple of times with a fish slice to cook through.

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We had intended to have savoury rice or quinoa and a green salad with them, but we were so caught up in the creative process and whether they would work or have to scrap it and make something else, we quite forgot and ended up steaming some leftover veggies. Regardless, they were very good. Even boingghealth would like them! (He loves his chilli!)

Ps There are more Tiger Nut Recipes here

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*http://www.therawchocolatecompany.com/

Copyright: Chris McGowan