- 2 tsp vegetable oil, plus extra for frying
- 1 small onion, diced
Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…
- 2 garlic cloves, chopped
- 2 large Portobello mushrooms, finely chopped
- 2 small sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
Sweet potatoes have a creamy texture and a sweet-spicy flavour that makes them ideal for savoury…
- 150g cooked quinoa
Tiny, bead-shaped, with a slightly bitter flavour and firm texture, quinoa may not be a…
- 1 large beetroot, grated
A favourite in 1970s British salads (cooked and pickled in vinegar), beetroot is a root…
- 1 egg, beaten
The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition, packed with protein and a…
- 2 tbsp chopped coriander
- zest 2 limes
The same shape, but smaller than…
- 4 tbsp plain flour, plus extra for dusting
For the carrot slaw
- 1 large carrot, thinly shredded
The carrot, with its distinctive bright orange colour, is one of the most versatile root…
- 2 tbsp rice wine vinegar
- 1 tsp golden caster sugar
In a medium frying pan, heat 2 tsp vegetable oil. Add the onion, garlic and mushrooms, season and fry until everything is soft, about 5 mins. Put the sweet potatoes in a microwaveable bowl, cover with cling film and microwave on high for 5-6 mins until soft. Mash the sweet potatoes, then add to the pan with the onion mix. Tip into a large mixing bowl and leave to cool.
Add the quinoa, beetroot, egg, coriander, lime zest, flour and some seasoning. Mix with your hands, then form into four large burgers. Sprinkle with flour and chill for 30 mins to firm up.
Put the carrots in a small bowl with the vinegar, sugar and 1 tsp salt. Cover and leave to pickle until ready to eat. Mix the mayonnaise with the chilli sauce.
Heat a frying pan and pour in a thin coating of oil. Fry the burgers on a medium-low heat to allow the centre to cook slowly. When browned, after about 7 mins, gently flip over and cook for the same time on the other side. Drain the pickled carrots and toast the buns.
Brush the buns with the chilli mayo. Layer on the spinach or rocket, burgers and the carrot slaw.