Recipe: Black Bean and Watercress Vegan Burger
Join the Veganuary revolution with these deliciously healthy and kind-to-the-environment vegan burgers.
• Vegetable oil, for frying
• 1 small onion, peeled and diced
• 1 red pepper, deseeded and diced
• 2 cloves garlic, peeled and finely chopped
• Salt and freshly ground black pepper
• 2 red chillies, deseeded and finely chopped (optional)
• 2 x 400g tins black beans
• 1 small sweet potato, baked in its jacket until soft
• 50g tinned sweetcorn, drained
• 90g fresh breadcrumbs (roughly 3 slices)
• 1 heaped tsp smoked paprika
• 30g watercress, chopped
• 2 x burger buns (dairy and egg free)
• 2 ripe avocadoes (optional)
• 4 slices of vegan cheese
• Tomato relish
1. Place a large frying pan over a medium heat and add in a splash of oil. When the oil is hot, toss in the onion, red pepper and garlic along with a pinch of salt and the chopped red chillies, if using. Stir-fry for roughly 3 minutes then tip into a bowl and leave to cool.
2. Drain the black beans in a colander and rinse with cold water until it runs clear. Line a tray with a tea towel and tip the beans into the tray, patting the top dry with another tea towel to remove as much water as possible. Place half of the beans into a large bowl and mash well with a fork.
3. Cut the softened sweet potato in half before scooping out the flesh and adding to the bowl along with the remaining black beans.
4. Add in the onion and pepper mix, sweetcorn, breadcrumbs, paprika and watercress and use your hands to combine everything thoroughly. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper then, using damp hands to help prevent the mixture sticking, form 4 large patties. Leave to chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes before cooking.
5. Preheat the oven to 180°C, 350°F, Gas 4.
6. Wipe out the frying pan you used for the onion and pepper mix and return to a medium heat. Add a splash of oil into the pan and once it is hot, use a spatula or slice to carefully place each burger patty into the pan. Fry for 2-3 minutes
on each side before placing into the oven for
10 minutes, or until piping hot throughout.
7. Remove the patties from the oven and leave to rest for a minute while you prepare the buns. 8. Slice each bun in half and toast (either under a preheated grill or in the toaster). Peel and slice the avocado. Place a burger on the bottom of each bun, then top with cheese and avocado slices and a good dollop of tomato relish or other sauce of your choice. You could also top the burgers with a variety of fillings including sliced tomatoes, watercress or sliced red onions.