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‘5 a day’ burger

on February 29, 2012

If your children (or grown ups!) are not keen on vegetables  – or even if they are – this is a winner of a recipe.

The burgers taste a little like falafels, which A and my husband love – so you could even adapt the recipe and make them in ball shapes as well as burger shapes.  A very versatile set of ingredients!

To me, when I see  the vegetables cooking in the pan (see pic below), I feel a bit sad that they’re going to be blended up and lose their vegetable-good-looks, but their delicious flavours are all still there, just mixed with other yummy ingredients.

This is based on a recipe from BBC Good Food website, here are the ingredients:

2 tbsp olive oil

2 leeks, sliced

200g mushrooms, sliced

2 large carrots, peeled and coarsely grated

1 tbsp cajun spices (or any spices you particularly like)

1 tbsp soy sauce

300g can kidney beans, drained and rinsed

200g (about 4 slices) granary bread, torn into pieces

burger buns, lettuce, tomato and other burger favourites



1) Heat 1 tbsp oil in shallow saucepan/large frying pan on medium heat.

2) Tip in all vegetables, seasoning and soy sauce.  Cook, stirring occasionally for 10 mins until soft.

3) Tip into food processor with the kidney beans and bread, season, and blend to a thick paste.

4) With wet hands (otherwise you get sooooo sticky!), mould the mixture into burgers approx. 1.5cm (half an inch) thick and 6cm (2 inches).  If  you’re not cooking them straight away or have too many (as I always do!), they will keep in the fridge for 2 days or in the freezer stacked between greaseproof paper for 2 months.

5) To cook, heat oil in a frying pan and fry for 2-3 mins on each side until crispy.

The photo really doesn’t do them justice, but as I’m not a photographer for any well known burger selling establishments, I think I can get away with it.

I currently have a stack of these sitting in the freezer waiting for a day where I haven’t had time to prepare a meal from scratch, or just a lazy day!

They go well with potato wedges and taste great with some sweet chilli sauce on the burger.  This is one of the few meals A will eat every last morsel of and then try to finish off ours too if we’re not quick enough!



9 responses to “‘5 a day’ burger

  1. Such an interesting recipe! I’m definitely going to have to give this a try. I am not vegetarian, but I LOVE veggie burgers. Gotta appreciate good food 🙂

  2. rantingchef says:

    Sounds great! I’ll have to try it.

  3. These look brilliant, thanks for the recipe, I’m going to try making them.

  4. Yummo – these sound fabulous and such a great idea for getting veg into picky kids. I’m going to have to try it with my two boys!

  5. Zoe says:

    These sound yummy! Adding the ingredients to my shopping list tomorrow

  6. Nomnomnom… these should be great on my diet! Thanks for sharing! 😉

    • leanneregan says:

      I’m pleased you like the sound of them! they’re so filling – and if you can treat yourself to a little squirt of sweet chilli sauce on the burger it tastes even better!

  7. Chez Foti says:

    These look absolutely delish, what a good idea. Love finding new ways to pump my wee ones full of veggies!

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