Like all great, epic sagas (and also unfortunately the not-great ones) the quest for the perfect veggie burger has a second installment. A Return of the (Burger) King, if you will, or a Clash of Hob Rings. Terrible puns aside:
Ahem, terrible puns aside, the reason for the speedy ease of this recipe could be that it comes from famous Mockney, Jamie Oliver. A man who favours stop-watch timed cooking, turning meal times into a frantic race against the clock like some kind of feverish kitchen-based version of Countdown, except with an unusually high burn risk. He also favours serving his food on big wooden boards because, y’know, plates are too conventional.
RECIPE: (serves 4)
- big bunch fresh coriander
- 1 x 400g tin mixed beans, drained
- 200g frozen broad beans (defrosted for 5mins)
- 1/2tsp cayenne pepper
- 1/2tsp cumin
- 1/2tsp coriander
- zest 1 lemon
- 1 tbsp plain flour
- olive oil
- cherry tomatoes
- 4 wholemeal burger baps
Put the coriander, mixed beans, broad beans, spices, lemon zest and flour in a food processor and pulse together until combined. I made the mistake of putting the broad beans into the processor whilst still frozen. This gave a fairly accurate sounding reconstruction of the horrifying sound of several machine guns going off at once. Interesting to note for any war-enthusiasts, or you could record it and use it as a sound effect during your next game of Risk. Just an idea.
Scrape the mix out and, on a floured surface, form it into four patties.
Pop the buns in the oven (disclaimer: not an anti birth control slur), lay out some sides and heat a tablespoon of olive oil in a frying pan over a high heat.
Add the patties and cook for a couple of minutes on each side, turning when they are nice and golden and that… is pretty much it.
These are very yummy! The beans make them really satisfying and for just a couple of minutes of work they are definitely not disappointing. They are also a ridiculously cheap dinner and therefore student friendly. If students actually cooked… which most often they don’t. I actually had a flatmate once who tried to cook a frozen meat burger in a toaster. Undergraduates really do inhabit a special world of unreality.
Anyway these are very tasty, very fast and very easy. Happy cud-chewing people 🙂