The "i can't believe it's not meat" Bean Burger

 On a recent trip to the lovely little town of Glastonbury, amongst all the crystal healing shops, we stumbled across a great cafe that pride themselves on using only organic, local and natural products called 'The Hundred Monkeys', it was this place that gave me hope that it doesn't need to be meaty to be moist (I hate this word)

Almost every bean burger i've ever eaten has left me disappointed,  with moisture and flavour lacking I thought it about time to recreate the humble bean burger.

Have fun!

Epic bean burger in homemade flatbread with a basil and gherkin yoghurt

Epic bean burger in homemade flatbread with a basil and gherkin yoghurt

The "I can't believe it's not meat" Bean Burger!

(Makes 5 burgers)

  • 2x tins of organic Mixed Beans
  • 1/2 Red Onion (chopped)
  • 2x Garlic cloves (finely chopped)
  • juice of 1/2 a Lemon
  • 1/2 bunch of Coriander
  • 1 tsp Chilli Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Cinnamon 
  • 1/2 tsp Smoked Paprika
  • Salt/Pepper
  • Handful of Plain Flour
  • Goats Butter for frying
  • 100g Halloumi
  • 30g Parmesan

Place the beans, herbs, spices, onion, garlic & lemon into a food processor and blend until everything is combined but still a bit chunky. Transfer to a bowl and season with salt and pepper.

Divide the mixture into 5 balls and shape each one into burgers (using damp hands so the mixture doesn't stick). Place on a tray with a bit a greaseproof and put into the fridge for at least 30 mins.

In the meantime, finely grate the Halloumi and Parmesan into a bowl and mix. Put to one side until needed.

Pre-heat your grill to a medium to hight heat.

When you're ready, lightly coat each burger with a bit of plain flour. Place a frying pan on a medium heat and in small batches, fry the burgers with a little butter until golden on both sides. Put the burgers onto a tray thats suitable to put under the grill.

Top each one with a small handful of the cheese mixture and place under the grill until golden and bubbling.

These go perfectly with some homemade flatbreads, crunchy green salad and of course a nice cold local beer.

Enjoy! S