Vegan burger on a plate

Vegan burger

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Prep: 10 mins Cook: 5 mins - 10 mins plus drying time

Easy

Serves 4

Make this fantastic base recipe for a vegan burger and add whatever you fancy – chilli flakes, grated lemon zest or other herbs all work really well

Nutrition and extra info

  • Healthy
  • Dairy-free
  • Egg-free
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan

Nutrition: Per serving

  • kcal190
  • fat8g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs21g
  • sugars1g
  • fibre5g
  • protein6g
  • salt0.04g
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Ingredients

  • 1 shallot or ½ onion, chopped
    Shallot

    Shallot

    shal-lot

    Related to the onion (as opposed to being a younger version of it), shallots grow in clusters at…

  • 1 stick of celery, or ¼ red pepper, chopped
    Celery

    Celery

    sell-er-ee

    A collection of long, thick, juicy stalks around a central, tender heart, celery ranges in…

  • handful of parsley leaves
  • 400g can chickpeas, drained and left to dry a little
  • 1-2 tsp garam masala
    Garam masala

    Garam masala

    gar-am mah-sarl-ah

    Meaning 'warming spice mix', garam masala is the main spice blend used in North Indian…

  • 1 tbsp tomato purée
  • 2 tbsp plain flour
  • 1 tbsp polenta, couscous, or dried breadcrumbs
    Polenta

    Polenta

    poh-len-tah

    An Italian storecupboard staple, polenta has its roots in the peasant cuisine of northern Italy…

  • oil, for frying
  • burger buns or pitta bread, lettuce, tomato, and sauces to serve

Method

  1. Whizz the shallot, celery, parsley and most of the chickpeas to a coarse paste. Don’t overdo this, you want a texture slightly rougher than hummus. Mash the remaining chickpeas and stir them into the paste with the garam masala, tomato purée, flour and polenta. Season well. 

  2. Shape the mixture into four patties. Let them rest for at least 30 mins – you can leave them overnight in the fridge if you like. The polenta needs time to absorb any extra liquid.

  3. Heat a little oil in a non-stick frying pan and cook the patties until they’re brown and crisp on each side. Try not to handle them too much as they’ll be quite soft when warm. Slide into buns or pitta with the accompaniments that you’d like.

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