So its back to school/work time and all the time for spending hours in the kitchen cooking extravagant meals is over for most of us. No worries though, I got us covered(I think!). Earlier on I shared a basic black bean stew and lately I have been thinking how cool it would be to make a mock burger patty using beans. So I am here to report that the kitchen experiment went well after a couple of trials. These bean burger patties are so filling and packed with flavor they can be eaten on their own.
What you will need:
2 C. Beans boiled and drained
2 packs Soya Chunks
1/2 C. Green onions
1/2 C. Green pepper
1 Small purple(red) onion
4 Tbsp. Tomato sauce
3 Tbsp. Wheat flour
In a hollow and fairly large bowl, mash the beans (do not puree them). Add the eggs and mix. Next add the green onions, the green pepper and the onions and mix well. Next add the tomato sauce, rosemary and salt. Keep mixing. Empty all the contents of the soya chunks except the spice sachets in a mixer and grind them till they are like coarse bread crumbs. If you don’t have a mixer, put the soya chunks in a paper bag (preferably the ones that store baking flour) and crush them using a heavy weight object till they are like coarse bread crumbs. Add the soya chunks and flour in the bean mixture and continue mixing. Leave the mixture for 10 minutes for the soya chunks crumbs to soak in all the liquid. After 10 minutes, dust your hands and shape the mixture into round disks. Add about a teaspoon of oil in a non stick pan and gently put the patties in (the size of the pan determines how many patties you can cook at once). Once you add them to the pan, lightly press flat with a spatula and let them cook for two minutes on medium heat and then flip them and let the other side cook for another two minutes . Repeat the process till all the patties are made. Remove from fire and let them cool. Makes 14+
The great thing about these patties is that you can have then as they are (snack anyone?), or put them in buns with other vegetables, some mayonnaise or cheese and have easy burgers.
Another idea is that you can double the recipe and keep the patties refrigerated, you know, for those days when you just don’t feel like making anything but still want to have a great meal.
Comment below on how they turn out and how you would eat them
Have a great week.
PS: You can use any kind of beans. The flavor will change though depending on the kind of beans you use. Here, I used yellow kidney beans which are locally known as mairungi