Truthfully you can make a decent Veggie Burger from pretty much any combination of veggies or lentils I think. They're a great way to use up odds and ends of veg before a big shop (veggies curries, Nasi Goreng Rice and Singapore Noodles being my other favourites) or a Veg Box delivery. This was an experiment that turned into a happy surprise for me - and my 8 year old who scoffed the lot in silence, then smacked her lips and asked for more. I didn't tell her it had beetroot in it ;-)
Makes 6 - 8 patties
1 sweet potato - about 200g - peeled and diced
1 red onion - chopped
1 small beetroot - finely diced or grated
1 stick of celery - diced
2 cloves of garlic - sliced
1/2 can of black beans, kidney beans - or chickpeas in fact. About 2/3 of a cup
1/2 tsp cumin - powder or seeds
1/3 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 handful of fresh parsley, chopped. Coriander would also be delicious
2 tbsps of flour
1 large egg, beaten
1 cup of fresh breadcrumbs or corn meal
1. Prep all of the veg, then heat up a wide frying pan and put the kettle on to boil
2. Add the onion and celery, then the sweet potato and beetroot. Stir well.
3. Add the garlic, spices and seasoning, stir well, but keep the heat fairly low
4. When the mix is starting to cook, add a cup of boiling water from the kettle and put a lid over the frying pan. Turn the heat down.
5. Cook gently until the potato is soft. Check the seasoning and add the parsley
6.Tip the mixture into a wide bowl and add the beans or chickpeas. Mash gently, leaving some texture.
7. When the mixture is cool, shape into small patties
8. Sprinkle the flour onto one plate & the breadcrumbs or cornmeal onto another
9. Roll each pattie in the flour, then dip in the beaten egg, then rollin the crumbs.
10. Using paper towels, wipe out the frying pan, then add some oil.
11. Fry each veggie burger until golden brown. Serve with or without a bun, mayo, a sliced tomato, gherkin, coleslaw, ketchup and fries!