American Food

Vegan Burger

Would you like fries with that?

My biggest food craving when the wheels touched down at La Guardia airport, after my journey around the world, was a good old American hashtag-tradish: a hamburger! What’s

more comforting than this simple sandwich?

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 Cups or 1 x 500 g tin of chickpeas
  • 1 1/2 Cups or 1 x 440 g tin of sweetcorn (optional)
  • ⅓ fresh coriander, (15g)
  • ⅓ teaspoon paprika
  • ⅓ teaspoon ground coriander
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¾ lemon
  • 4 heaped tablespoons plain flour, plus extra for dusting
  • Avocado Oil
  • 2 small round lettuce
  • 2 ½ large tomatoes
  • Tomato ketchup
  • 5 whole wheat burger buns

DIRECTIONS

  • Drain the chickpeas and sweetcorn, then tip into a food processor. Pick the coriander leaves, adding half the leaves and all the stalks to the processor.
  • Add the spices, flour and a pinch of sea salt, finely grate in the lemon zest, then pulse until combined, but not smooth.
  • On a flour-dusted surface, divide and shape the mixture into 5 equal-sized patties, roughly 2cm thick. Place in the fridge for 30 minutes to firm up.
  • Heat a splash of oil in a large frying pan over medium heat, add the patties and cook for 10 minutes, or until golden brown and cooked through, turning halfway.
  • Meanwhile, click off, wash and spin-dry four nice lettuce leaves, then finely slice the tomatoes horizontally.
  • Squeeze a large blob of ketchup onto the base of each bun (toast them if you like), then top with the burgers. Layer over a couple of slices of tomato, a lettuce leaf, a few coriander leaves, and finally the burger tops.
  • Serve and enjoy!

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