Sometimes all you want is to sink your teeth into something.
That something has to be juicy, flavourful, and I need to be able to bite directly into it – no knives and forks please.
Have you ever had that feeling? I have, and usually when it comes around, it’s meant to be satisfied. Enter veggie this burger. Your get a delicious flavour from the rosemary, a delicious saltiness form the olives, and a meaty-ness from the almonds and chickpeas.
Bonus points if you also make a side of my crispy oven-baked sweet potato fries – recipe here!
1 tablespoon chia seeds + 3 tablespoons water, set for 10 minutes
2 tablespoons kalamata olives, pitted and chopped
Salt + pepper, to taste
4 tablespoons tahini
1 teaspoon tamari
½ teaspoon turmeric
2 teaspoons smoked paprika
1 clove garlic
Pinch cayenne (optional)
Options for Topping the Burgers
4-8 buns of choice (I used gluten free, but spelt would also be delicious!)
Large lettuce leaves (if not using buns)
Sunflower or radish sprouts
For the Veggie Burgers
Pre-heat your oven to 160ºC/320ºF and line a line a baking tray with baking paper.
In a food processor, blend your almonds until they’re like course tiny breadcrumbs. Remove from food processor and set aside, then add the onion, garlic, fresh thyme, and carrot into the food processor and blitz until chopped into small pieces.
Add your drained chickpeas, lemon juice, paprika, and cumin and process everything until mixed but still retaining texture.
Scoop this into the bowl with the ground almonds and the chia seed gel, olives, salt, and pepper, stirring everything together until evenly mixed. Taste and adjust any seasoning.
Shape into 8 patties, packing firmly, and place on the baking tray.
Bake for 15-20 minutes, then carefully flip and bake for another 20-25 minutes, until golden and slightly crispy. Remove from oven and let cool slightly before removing.
While the burgers cooling, make the sauce and toast the buns, if using.
For the Burger Sauce
Simply blend all the ingredients together in a small food processor until creamy and delicious. Alternatively you could whisk by hand, making sure to finely mince the garlic first.
If using buns, slice them in half length-wise and spoon some burger sauce on the bottom half, them place one veggie patty on top. Top with more sauce if desired, some sliced avocados, tomatoes, sprouts, and sauerkraut.
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Hi, I'm Teffy, a qualified Nutritionist and avid foodie. This blog is all about inspiring a balanced life through delicious and wholesome foods, with not a diet in sight. Healthy eating shouldn't be hard and stressful, it should be easy and fun - Working with my clients they are constantly amazed that yes, food can taste great AND be good for you!