If you’ve ever had cravings for a good vegan burger you have probably noticed that shop bought ones can get pretty pricey, and many recipes can get quite complicated (with seitan, tofu etc.). This recipe for vegan spinach burgers is great because it is super simple, cheap to make, and the end product is mega tasty and healthy.
I picked this recipe up from a friend I was visiting last week in Asturias, Northern Spain, which was a huge treat since the culture in that area is very heavily centred around meat. A few years ago I would have been hard pushed to find anyone who even knew what a vegan was, but today there is an increased awareness and even the odd vegan restaurant (like Beware of the Cat) but there is still a long way to go!. Anyway, on to the recipe:
(I won’t include all the bells and whistles for the sake of simplicity, but I will add some suggestions at the end to spice things up a bit) *I’ve just realised that these are also gluten free if wheat flour isn’t used, bonus*
- 1 medium size onion, minced
- 3 cup packed spinach leaves
- 1 cup chickpeas, it’s up to you whether you want to mash them
- 1/2 cup chickpea flour (ordinary wheat flour could probably be used instead)
- 3 cloves of garlic, crushed (or chopped finely)
Cook the onion in a pan over a medium heat with oil or a little water until softened, then add the garlic for another minute or two. Add the spinach and cook until softened, then add the chickpeas. Allow as much liquid to cook off as possible then place the mixture into a mixing bowl, now is the time to add any seasonings and mix them in thoroughly. Mix in the chickpea flour, then leave it to cool (placing it in the fridge is a shortcut). Once the mixture is cooled, you can use your hands to form the burgers (a little thick is the best to make them less likely to fall apart). Pan fry the burgers in a dash of oil over a medium heat until they are slightly browned and serve either in buns (check store bought burger buns for palm oil!) or with salad. Viola, Vegan spinach burgers!
(You could probably bake these burgers instead and get similar results, but I haven’t tried that so who knows!)
Like I said, the above recipe is for the simple, no frills spinach burgers but if you want to make them even more exciting, you can add almost anything, that’s the beauty of these burgers; they’re tasty enough on their own but neutral enough to fit with most spices. I’ve had them with a teaspoon of cumin, some with coriander, even adding a little soy sauce can add a splash of flavour to the mix. Be creative but remember to not over-spice!
If you try this recipe and make some vegan spinach burgers then leave a comment and let me know how it turned out! Don’t forget to share this page and subscribe to the website to receive updates for new content, you can also follow the Fox Eyed Man on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Tumblr and now Instagram for further discussions about environmentalism.