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Plant based burgers you’ll love with beetroot and chickpeas

Burger Ingredients

Homemade Guacamole Ingredients

  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 1 red chilli
  • 1 plump clove of garlic
  • Juice from 1 large lime or 2 medium ones
  • Salt & pepper, to taste

Want a healthy, tasty plant-based meal? Try these cheery coloured beetroot and chickpea burgers! They are incredibly easy to make: just pop all ingredients into a blender or food processor to mix and then shape into patties to pan-fry or bake.

Chick peas are naturally high in protein, fibre and full of vitamins & minerals. Beetroot is packed with nitrates, which lower blood pressure and improve circulation, betacyanin, to help you detox and alpha-lipoid acid, an anti-oxidant which helps increase insulin-sensitivity, so good for blood sugar regulation. Healthy burgers!

To oomph up the protein, omega-3 and fibre content I have added ground flaxseed and chia seeds. I love also adding protein powder (soya bean and pea protein varieties work well) to further boost the protein content. If not using, substitute for more oats (see proportions below).

I like serving mine with a sweet pomegranate salsa, refreshing tomato chilli salsa and a creamy tahini dipĀ (3 tbsp tahini blended with 1 tbsp lime juice, 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil, 2 tbsp tamari or soy sauce, 1.5 tsp honey).

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Instructions

  1. Drain the chickpeas and place in a blender or food processor. Add remaining burger ingredients and whizz to form a paste. The ground flaxseed and ground chia seeds will help the mixture bind together.
  2. Season with salt & pepper and adjust to taste.
  3. Using your hands, shape into burger-shape patties. You can leave these in the refrigerator for 15 mins or overnight to help the burgers keep their shape or can be cooked immediately, but just be a little careful in handling the burgers to ensure they retain their shape.
  4. If pan-frying: In a frying pan or griddle pan, melt a little coconut oil or add rapeseed oil and gently pan fry burgers 4 mins on each side on a low heat.
  5. If baking: bake the burgers on greased and lined baking parchment at 190C (170C fan) for 18-20 mins.
  6. Serve on a bed of guacamole in gem lettuce cups as pictured.
  7. To make the Homemade Guacamole: Blend together all these ingredients to form a lovely creamy dip.