Stay healthy. Stay happy. Eat burgers.
I was craving burgers while in self-isolation and while I’m normally a pretty big carnivore it seemed like a great opportunity to try something new and clean out the pantry a bit. If you notice any atypical ingredients that was out of necessity. The goal was to make the best burger with what I had without running to the store. I dug deep into the freezer as well. It all ended up pretty tasty.
This recipe made me eight large burgers enough to share with a few neighbours that are self-isolating. Consider this a rough guide the amounts are all approximate. Modify to taste. Corn nibblets might be a nice addition.
- 1 can chickpeas rinsed
- 1 can black beans rinsed
- 1 small pumpkin/squash (green skin, yellow inside) seeded and skinned
- 3 packets instant oatmeal (plain) or 3/4 cup other quick oats
- ½ cup olive oil (for roasting veg)
- 1 small leek cubed
- ½ white onion cubed
- ½ tbsp yellow curry powder
- ½ tbs cajun spice
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1 tbsp bacon grease (if handy)
- 1 dash cayenne
- 1 splash Worcestershire sauce
- 1 splash fish sauce
- Salt and pepper
- One beer for chef
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees while seeding and peeling pumpkin.
- Cut pumpkin into 1 inch slices.
- Toss pumpkin slices in a large bowl with a splash of olive oil, curry powder, and cajun spice.
- Place on baking pan and roast.
- After 10 minute toss onions and leeks in oil and add to baking pan.
- Season everything in the pan with salt and pepper and roast until tender but not browned.
- Add warm ingredients to all other ingredients in a large bowl or food processor.
- Mash / pulse until the consistency of beef burger, add water, stock (additional) or beer if dry. Have a sip of beer if dry.
- Form into thin patties and fry in oil in pan over medium-high heat to brown both sides heavily while heating throughout.
- Serve with your fave burger toppings, pickles highly recommended.
- Refrigerate or freeze extra patties on wax paper or parchment.
- Stay inside unless to share patties with neighbours in need.
Take care and keep cookin’!
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