Sweet potato, beans, purple kale burger patties
Burgers are an all time favourite. Some fast food joints do not offer veggie burgers and I have spent many lunch time just munching french fries dipped in ketchup. Sad story! Summer is grilling time and the best way to get out of the kitchen and spend time outdoors is by having a burger lunch on the deck. It is vacation time without taking off from the patio. Barbeque is one task totally assigned to men folks and I get to enjoy the show! Father and son decided to grill few store bought meat patties.
So I joined the fun, making a simple vegetable burger with mashed sweet potato, onion and beans. Chopping some home grown purple kale and vine ripe heirloom tomato added pride and taste to my burger patties. I tried to grill one on the vegetarian side of the barbecue but it stuck to the grill and was a disaster. Then I cooked it on a non stick frying pan adding a little oil. This is a simple and delicious burger and one may even ditch the meat burger for it. If you are a vegetarian like me this might be the burger you have been waiting for.
- 1 large sweet potato cut into chunks
- 1 cup beans (white, chickpeas or fava beans)
- 1/2 onion chopped
- few purple kale leaves chopped
- 2 Weetabix or 1 cup bread crumbs
- Spices (½ tsp garlic powder, ½ tsp crushed coriander seeds, ½ tsp red pepper, a pinch dill seeds)
- salt & pepper
- Steam cook sweet potato cut into large chunks with the skin.
- Mash it with a spoon after it has cooled completely. (Can include some skin too as it is very nutritious.)
- Drain beans (I used fava beans) and add to the sweet potato mash.
- Add chopped onion and kale leaves to it.
- Sprinkle garlic powder, red pepper, crushed coriander seeds, dill seeds, salt and pepper (or steak seasoning mix).
- Crush 2 Weetabix or more and mix with the mash to absorb extra moisture.
- Take a big ball of the mash and pat it into a burger patty.
- Heat a shallow pan and fry this on both sides adding a little oil.
- Serve it between sliced soft bun with other fresh veggie toppings.
To assemble bun
There are many ways to assemble a burger. ‘How to build a better burger’, here gives this layering and I followed it with a slight variation avoiding cheese and mayo.
- Spread pickle, yellow mustard and ketchup on the bun.
- Place vegetable or meat patty on it.
- A slice of tomato and onion rings on top.
- Cover that with lettuce and then with the other slice of bun on top.
Grab it with both hands and sink your teeth into it to enjoy a vegan burger. This patty holds up perfectly and tastes delicious.
Veggie burgers with fresh ingredients are fantastic and I will be making these again and again.
My son assembled his meat burger in a different style. No harm in trying your own way!