I have been trying to eat less meat recently but at the same time eat a lot of protein to try and build some muscle. I’ve also been trying to spend less money on food shopping so I thought about making my own healthy plant based burgers. I looked at some recipes online but decided to just wing it and chuck some things together and see what happened and the result was really nice! I will try and take a photo next time – I was too hungry.
Lots of protein, vitamins and fibre in this recipe!
Makes 8 burgers or 16 “falafel”
1 large handful of red lentils
1 large handful of quinoa
1 tin of black beans
1 tin of chickpeas
2 large carrots, peeled and diced finely
1 onion – diced fine
2 tsp cumin seeds
2 tsp cumin powder
1 tsp coriander powder
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp garlic powder
salt and pepper
2 tbsp plain flour
Put the quinoa and lentils in a pan of salted water and boil until soft. Drain and put into a large bowl.
Gently fry the onion and carrot in a little oil until soft adding the cumin seeds for the last few minutes and then add to the bowl.
Drain the tinned beans and chickpeas and add to the bowl with the spices, salt, pepper and flour and mix everything together.
Using a food processor, I use this one Chopper , mix all the elements until it is like small grains. You may have to do this a few times depending on the size of your food processor!
Shape the mixture into balls and flatten to make a thick burger or keep in ball shapes if you would prefer to use them like falafel. If the mixture is too dry just add a splash of water.
Put on an oven tray and bake at around 180 degree until crispy on the outside and warm all the way through.
Serve with your favourite burger toppings – I used some lettuce, avocado, sliced tomato, Jalapenos and chilli sauce. Or you can stuff in a pitta or wrap if using as falafel.
Any that you don’t use can be put in the freezer for another day so it is worth making a large batch!