Easy, Tasty Veggie Burgers

Your go-to veggie burger - a combination of black beans and chickpeas give these a satisfying, moist texture with plenty of protein and flavour.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Chilling Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Vegetarian
Keyword: Beans, Vegetarian
Servings: 6

Ingredients

  • 1 Onion, finely chopped
  • Splash extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • tin chickpeas, drained
  • 1 tin black beans, drained
  • 1 slice wholemeal, rye or gluten-free bread, toasted and blitzed to breadcrumbs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 pinch chilli flakes 
  • 1 egg, beaten

Instructions

  • Soften the onion in the olive oil, about 5 minutes
  • Combine all the ingredients in a bowl
  • Either mash the mixture with a potato masher, or bash with a rolling pin, or squash in your hands to break down some of the beans.
  • Lightly flour your hands and shape into 8 balls and place in the fridge for 30 minutes. This will make the burgers much easier to shape and hold together.
  • On a lightly floured surface, shape each ball into a burger, about 1cm thick. Don’t hold back on squishing as this will help prevent them from breaking apart when cooking.
  • Heat the tablespoon of oil in a frying pan and cook for 5-6 minutes on each side or until nicely browned and crisp-looking. 

Notes

Red kidney beans can be substituted for the black beans, but the finished texture might be a little drier. Have fun trying out different spice and flavour combos - the options given here are family-tested and approved!
They freeze really well once shaped and before cooking. Makes 6-8 burgers - or make mini burgers or falafel-style portions for packed lunch boxes.