Vegan black bean burger
With a full-on flavour and meaty texture, suitable for the grill, this fully loaded vegan burger is an absolute must at any barbecue
- Serves: 4 persons
- olive oil
- 400g tin black beans, rinsed and drained well
- 100g from a pouch cooked brown rice
- 1onion, finely chopped or grated
- 1tsp fennel seeds, crushed
- ½tsp garlic salt
- 1tsp smoked paprika
- 25g panko breadcrumbs
- finely chopped to make 1 tbsp flat-leaf parsley
- 2tbsp red wine vinegar
- 2tsp golden caster sugar
- 1red onion, finely sliced
- 100g silken tofu
- 1tsp cider vinegar
- 1tsp lemon juice
- a pinch English mustard powder
- 1tsp chipotle paste
- 1avocado, peeled and stoned
- ½small red onion, finely chopped
- ½red chilli, finely chopped
- chopped to make 1 tbsp coriander
- ½lime, juiced
- 4vegan or regular buns, halved
- curly lettuce leaves
- beef tomato slices
Step 1For the pickled onions, mix the vinegar and sugar with a pinch of salt until the sugar dissolves. Add the onion, cover and leave to pickle. To make the chipotle ‘mayo’, put all of the ingredients into a small bender (or use a stick blender) with a pinch of sugar and whizz until very smooth. Add 2 tbsp olive oil, whizz again until it looks like mayonnaise. Season, tip into a bowl, cover and chill.
Step 2Mash the avocado with a fork, then stir in the onion, chilli, and coriander. Season and stir in the lime juice, then chill.
Step 3To make the burgers, tip all the ingredients into a blender and pulse until combined. Divide into 4 and shape into burger patties. Put onto an oiled baking sheet or plate and chill until you need them, at least 30 minutes.
Step 4Heat the barbecue or a griddle pan to high. Brush the burger patties with a little olive oil, then put onto the grill. Cook for 3 minutes then flip, and cook for 3 minutes more. Don’t keep moving the burgers or they will be more likely to break up, and you want a good crust on them.
Step 5Lightly char the burger buns on the grill, then spoon in a dollop of the ‘mayo’ to the base. Add a few lettuce leaves. Top with a burger, then add a spoon of guacamole, and a few drained picked onions. Add another spoon of mayo to top, some tomato slices, and sandwich on top. Secure with a skewer if you need to. Serve with mustard or ketchup, if you don’t have your full fix of sauces and toppings!