Sometimes it is good to think outside the box and try new flavours. As mentioned before, I tend to make either potato or bean burgers at home. However being vegetarian there are unlimited possibilities of the various different vegetables and pulses that can be used. Whilst visiting one of my favourite blogs recently I came across a broccoli burger recipe and thought I must try this. I modified the recipe slightly by adding sesame seeds and red capsicum peppers to give it a nutty and sweet tangy flavour. The result was wonderful and I got a lot of creative ideas and thoughts flowing for making different vegetarian burgers. So watch this space for a few more burger recipes ….
These burgers are also healthier because broccoli is high in vitamins C, K, and A, as well as dietary fibre and it also contains multiple nutrients with potent anti-cancer properties. Broccoli is usually boiled or steamed, as per the old ways of cooking vegetables, however in recent years more research has shown that if eaten raw you get more of the benefits of the vegetable. Other methods of cooking are also good for cooking vegetables especially stir fries as they cook the vegetables at a very high heat and quickly, hence a lot of the nutrients still remain intact. Although boiling has been shown to reduce the levels of suspected anticancer compounds in broccoli, other preparation methods such as steaming, microwaving, and stir-frying have been shown not to reduce the presence of these compounds.
I think the next time I make these I may have to add a little mashed potato to make sure that the patties shape stays better, as this was a little fragile, so perhaps add this when making your burgers. You can use more cheese if you want to give it a better depth of taste.
Preparation time: 45 mins Cooking time: 30 mins Serves: 2
4 wholemeal burger buns or sandwich rolls
200g broccoli finely chopped
1/2 red capsicum pepper chopped into cubes (about 1/4 cups worth)
1/4 cup grated Red Leicester cheese
1/2 tsp each of haldi (turmeric), dhana jeera (coriander & cumin), and chilli powder
2 tbsp natural yoghurt
2 tbsp gram (channa) flour
1 cup dried bread crumbs
4 tbsp sesame (till) seeds
3 tbsp sunflower oil
2 tomatoes sliced
2” piece of cucumber sliced
extra mature cheddar cheese sliced as required
1) Pre heat the oven to 180 ‘C, chop all the vegetables, grate the cheese and in a large basin mix all the ingredients together. The consistency should be one which will hold the given shape.
2) Divide the mixture into 4 equal parts and shape into the shape of the burger bun. Place in the greased baking tray and place in the oven. After 15 minutes turn the side of the burger so as it browns evenly.
3) While the burgers are cooked prepare the burger bun by cutting in half and buttering the bun. Slice the cheese, tomatoes and cucumber.
4) Once the burgers are cooked and an even brown colour all over remove from the oven and assemble the burger, enjoy 😉 I strongly suggest you try this burger out it is great.