The most amazing meat-free burgers!
Serves 4 | 30 min | Medium
The burger. The ultimate fast-food, guilty pleasure, and the best snack food in the history of mankind! But contrary to popular belief, burgers don't have to be unhealthy, and they definitely don't have to be made with meat to be tasty. So without further ado, we give you: Lotta's and Anton's vegan and vegetarian burgers!
When we decided to make a vegetarian burger recipe, we realised it would be more fun to give you two recipes, one made by Anton which is a vegetarian recipe, and one by Lotta which is completely vegan. So enough chit-chat, let's get on with it!
The vegan burger
In creating this recipe I wanted to make an easy, fast, and entirely vegan patty for your burger-parties. Excluding animal products is easy when you know which ingredients to add for flavour and texture. I decided to go with sweet potato, since it's an amazing vegetable to use while making patties due to it's "glue" factor, it keeps everything together and makes it easy to work with the patty. Also, it's one of my favourite root vegetables.
I decided to combine it with black beans (aka the best beans), peanut butter, and kale. The sweetness of the sweet potato mixes beautifully with the saltiness of the beans, and the peanut butter is the icing on the top, while the kale brings it all together.
- Turn your oven on to 200°C
- Place the beans in a food processor and mix until smooth, then place in a bowl
- Grate the sweet potato and add it to the bean mixture along with the chopped garlic
- Add the rest of the ingredients, stir with a spoon until even
- Form the patties with your hands and place them on a baking tray (this recipes makes about 4 medium sized patties)
- Bake them in the oven for 15 min at 200°C
- Serve with avocado, salad leaves, and Anton's Sriracha sauce (see recipe below)
1 medium-sized sweet potato
230 g black beans
1 clove of garlic
handful of kale
1 tsp of peanut butter
Salt & pepper
You can surprise your meat-eating friends with how much flavour you can pack in a fully vegan burger-patty, because I even managed to surprise myself!
Love / Lotta
The vegetarian burger
When I started thinking about what the best ingredients for a vegetarian burger could be I had many ideas, but the one that I kept coming back to was beetroot. Mostly because I love beetroot, it's one of my all time favourite ingredients, but also because it's something you often see used in vegetarian burgers, but, sadly, the beetroot burgers I've eaten have all been very bland and uninteresting. They often taste way too much like raw beetroot, not that there's anything wrong with that, it's just that there so many ways to complement the fantastic flavours of beetroot -- but more importantly, it's a burger, not a salad. And when you want a burger you want something chock full of flavour and slightly indulgent. You want to feel like that burger is exactly what you need right then and there -- that it's the only thing you need.
So with that in mind, I tried to create a beetroot burger that was both full of that lovely beetroot flavour, but with an added sweetness and a slightly richer flavour -- and, not to toot my own horn too much, I think I succeeded quite well. I'm honestly quite proud of the result so I hope you'll like it as well! Have fun!
1 large beetroot
1 small onion
50 g almonds
1 dl graham flour
1 tsp dijon mustard
a large handful of fresh sage leaves
salt & pepper
2 tbsp vegan crème fraîche
1 tsp Sriracha chili sauce
a dash of lime juice
a pinch of salt
- Peel and grate the beetroot into a bowl
- Chop the onion as finely as you can and mix it in with the beetroot
- Run the almonds through a food processor for 10 seconds until they're like a coarse flour, don't worry if a few bigger pieces remain that's completely fine
- Chop up the sage leaves
- Now you're done with the hassle-y part and it's time to mix all of the ingredients in one bowl! So yeah, mix all of the listed ingredients in a bowl
- Shape the mixture into four burger patties with your hands, by rolling a handful of the mixture into a ball and then squeezing it together into a burger -- then place them on a baking tray
- Bake in the middle of the oven at 200°C for 15min
- Make the Sriracha sauce while the burgers are in the oven by simply mixing all of the ingredients in a bowl. Done.
- Serve the burgers with your choice of bread, quickly fried fennel strips, salad leaves, feta cheese, and a dash of the Sriracha sauce
There you go, a couple of fantastic meat-free burger recipes just in time for the weekend! Maybe you can go pick up the ingredients after work; and maybe you'll make them at home and have a lovely evening with your friends and loved ones; and maybe you happen to live next door to us so we can eat them again; maybe.
I've really managed to work up an appetite just writing about the burgers so I think it's time for me to make lunch (god, I wish we had the ingredients to make one of these. Oh well.)
Have a great weekend!
And let us know in the comments, or on our instagram, which one you prefer so we can settle a bet! :)