Soul Burgers

Matthew FordyceFood

nuttyveggieburgersAMSTERDAM – Admit it, you like burgers. You like the taste, the texture and the satisfaction that a thick patty nestled between two big, soft buns gives you. Unfortunately, many avoid this tasty treat in avoidance of the common ailments a tasty burger generally possesses (namely high amounts of cholesterol and fat). Fortunately for you, I’ve put together a delicious, healthy burger recipe to satisfy your cravings.

Being a soul cooker, I very rarely follow recipes, so the great thing about these burger patties is that they turn out different every time depending on which ingredients I have available (they’re always good!).

They take approximately 25 minutes to make and this makes four big patties

1 medium sized onion (diced)
2 cloves of garlic (crushed)
Handful of mushrooms (diced)
1 cup canned white beans/lentils (wash the brine off)
1 cup diced potatoes (sweet or regular)
½ cup rolled oats
2 free range eggs (or egg replacement)
2 Tbsp Vegetable stock
Salt and pepper

1. Place your potatoes in a pot over the stove and cover with water and vegetable stock. Have these boil while you prepare the rest of the ingredients.
2. Heat up a pan and add a few tablespoons of oil in which to simmer your mushrooms, garlic and onions. Once these have browned add the beans and mix them through to heat them up and soak up the flavor.
3. By now, your potatoes should be nearly soft enough to mash. When they are, drain them then place them into a big bowl with the beans mix. Leave your pan on the stove, you’ll be using this to cook your burger patties.
4. Add oats to the bowl and mash everything together. Add eggs (or replacement) and stir together.
5. Form into four balls and place in the lightly oiled pan and press into patties. These will take about 10 minutes to cook (5 minutes on each side) and will end up a lovely golden brown color.

Nestle these voluptuous patties between buns, salads and dressings of your choice and admire your masterpiece. My recommendations:

Hint: If you’re watching your waistline, for a lower carbohydrate alternative, it still makes for a delicious meal without the buns.

Happy eating!