I am obsessed with making different types of burgers these days. Maybe it’s the summer having an impact on me but when the sun comes out, my thoughts turn to the sizzle of the BBQ and having dinner outside. I don’t eat that much beef anymore so I am experimenting with different types of burgers. This time, we are making an M&M burger!
Imagine making a burger out of M&Ms – maybe next time. On this occasion, we are talking about a spicy Millet & Mushroom burger.
What is Millet?
Millet is a very small, round grain with a history that traces back thousands of years. It was the chief grain in China before rice became popular, and continues to sustain people in Africa, China, Russia, and India among other places. Millet is an extremely nutritious and hardy crop that grows well under harsh or dry conditions, both of which
contribute to its widespread use and popularity around the world.
What’s so good about Millet?
Lots of things.
- Naturally wheat and gluten-free
- High in protein, fiber, iron, magnesium, and potassium
- Contains silica, which helps keep bones flexible in the aging process
- Anti-fungal which helps ease candida symptoms
- Supports good kidney and stomach function
- It’s a very soothing grain to eat, especially for indigestion or morning sickness
Ok already, just gimme the burger recipe…
This makes 6-8 burger patties, depending on how big your hands are.
Step 1 ingredients
- 1 cup of whole millet grains
- 2 cups of water (ratio is 1:2 for millet to water)
- 1 tsp of salt
- 4 tsp of smoked paprika
- 2 tsp of ground cumin
Step 2 ingredients
- 200g mushrooms, any type
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 4 tsp of oil
- 100g sunflower seeds
- 2 tsp of honey or agave syrup
- 8 tsp of soy sauce
- A bunch of fresh mint
To make it
Step 1: Millet
Add the millet, water, paprika, cumin and salt to a pot. Bring it to the boil and then simmer until all the water is absorbed. This should take about 15-20 minutes.
Step 2: Mushrooms
Chop the mushrooms, dice the garlic and add to a hot pan with the oil. Toss in the sunflower seeds as well and cook for about 5 minutes. Mix the honey with the soy sauce and add this to the pan. Cook until this mixture has been absorbed by the mushrooms. This adds a kick-ass bit of flavor to the dish.
Step 3: Mix it
Once the millet and the mushrooms are cooked, transfer all of it to a large mixing bowl and mix it all together well. Finely chop the mint and add that to the mix also. Get your clean hands in there now and shape out 6-8 burger patties from the mix.
Step 4: Cook ’em!
Bake them in the oven or grill them for 15-20 minutes and turn them halfway. Make sure they are lovely and crispy on the outside and you know they are done. Goes well with a decent green side salad.
Top tip: To get a really consistent shape, use a pint glass or similar size glass to carve out circular patties from the mix. This makes your burgers look awesome!
Yours in health and happiness,