My fascination with veggie burgers shows no sign of abating but I think this will be the last of the hat-trick of veggie burgers recipes on the blog for the moment. After all, there is more to health than just burgers, right? Well, kind of.
This one is a cracker and you can make use of those cans of chickpeas that you probably have in your pantry.
You will need:
- 1 cup of porridge oats
- 1 400g can of chickpeas, drained + rinsed (rinsing them makes them less gasey!)
- 1/3 cup diced bell pepper (the smaller the better!)
- 1 jalapeño pepper
- 1 cup grated courgette
- 1 small onion, diced finely
- 1/2 tbsp oil
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
- 1/4 tsp dried oregano
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 large egg (for vegan use a flax egg)
- 4 burger buns or large leaf lettuce
- Side salad of leafy greens
- Combine the oats and chickpeas in a food processor and pulse a few times to roughly chop them. The mixture should look chopped but not be paste-like or mushy.
- Remove the stem from the jalapeño. For spicier burgers, leave the veins and seeds intact. For less spicy burgers remove half or all of the veins/seeds.
- Grate the courgette and wrap in a paper towel. Squeeze out excess moisture and set aside.
- Gently fry the pepper, jalapeño, courgette and the onion in the oil until the peppers are tender.
- Season with garlic powder, red pepper flakes, oregano, and salt.
- Add the freshly sauteed veggies to your bean mixture, then add your egg.
- If you are using a flax egg, simply combine one tbsp of ground flax seed with 3 tbsps of water and whisk until combined. Place in the fridge to set for about 15 minutes, then just add to the mixture like you would a normal egg.
- Mix everything well and roll into four balls.
- To shape your burgers, flatten out into patties and use a glass or cookie cutter shape to slice out circular burger shapes.
- It helps to leave these set in the fridge for a while to firm up before cooking them. Overnight is good too. The burgers are now ready for the bbq and if you are calorie conscious, wrap up the burger in a crunchy lettuce wrap instead of a bread bun and enjoy!
Yours in health and happiness,