Thanks to the author of Tinned Tomatoes blog, Jacqueline Meldrum, for the creation of her article exclusively for First Home News.
Jac is a food writer and recipe developer who specialises in vegetarian cooking and more recently vegan cooking. Her interest in food began when she became a vegetarian 24 years ago, and she’s been trying out new recipes since then.
Everyone loves a good burger. We eat them in restaurants, from burger vans, hot from the barbecue, baked in the oven or slapped into a frying pan.
The trouble is that bought burgers aren’t always healthy or all that tasty. In fact there have been reports that say some of the poorer quality bought burgers can cause asthma in children.
The good news is burgers are easy to make, healthy and they taste amazing!
You can bind your homemade burgers together with egg, but mashed potato, mashed sweet potato and mashed beans are also good binders. Black beans are particularly good and they have a great flavour.
You could make your burger from mince, veggie mince, mushrooms, peppers, spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, courgette, beetroot, aubergine, sweetcorn, a range of different cheeses, nuts, herbs and spices. Its up to you.
To make burgers with your favourite flavours, simply grab your meat, choose your binder, bulk them out with porridge oats, spice heavily, as burgers lose a lot of flavour while they are cooking, chill before cooking and remember to toast the bun for a better end product.
Top your homemade burgers with:
• burger relish
• a fried egg
• sautéed mushrooms
• caramelised onions
• feta cheese
• slices of pickled beetroot
• melted cheddar
• slices of ripe avocado
• brie and grated apple
• roasted peppers
Here are my absolute favourite home made burgers. They are quick to make and my family and friends love them.
Cajun Spiced Black Bean and Sweet Potato Burgers
• 200g (1 medium) sweet potato, baked
• 400g tin black beans
• 100g spinach
• ½ cup / 45g porridge oats
• 2 tsp Cajun spice
• 2 tsp flaxseeds (optional)
• 1 clove garlic, crushed
• a good grinding of black pepper
1. Rinse the beans and add them to a mixing bowl. Mash, but leave half of the beans whole for a bit of texture.
2. Scoop the flesh out of the baked potato with a spoon and add to the bowl.
3. Rinse your spinach in a colander then pour a kettleful of boiling water over it to wilt it. Rinse with cold water to refresh, then squeeze as much water out as you can. Chop and add to the bowl.
4. Next add the seeds, oats, spices, garlic and black pepper and mix until well combined.
5. Shape your mixture into 4 hearty balls, then flatten out into burger shapes.
6. Pop the burgers on a plate until you are ready to use them. You can bake or fry them in a little oil. I fried my burger in a little cold pressed rapeseed oil, for a few minutes on each side until brown and crisp.
7. These burgers will also freeze well. Layer them between sheets of greaseproof paper in a tupperware tub and pop in the freezer.
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