Jamie features a vegetarian and vegan-friendly "happy cow" burger in his 15 Minute Meals book, and I had tried (and liked) that previously. His online "best vegan burger" is simpler and I was drawn to the minimal ingredient list, with chickpeas and sweetcorn making up most of the burger bulk.
Mr Bite doesn't like sweetcorn so I swapped that for grated carrot, and also made a few tweaks to the seasonings. For those reasons I can't claim to have made Jamie's recipe exactly, but I am grateful to him for the inspiration.
We both liked the burgers but, for me at least, they don't rival my previous favourites. In a bun with sauce the patties were lovely, but they were a bit crumbly when cooking and I don't know if they would be sufficiently flavourful to eat alone. I'm pleased to have tried them out but will keep searching for new recipes to complement my existing burger favourites!
Chickpea and carrot burgers
Makes 8 small patties (I used 1-1/2 patties in each burger bun)
Food processor needed
Allow 30 minutes or longer for chilling the burger mix before cooking
Author: Adapted from Jamie Oliver's vegan burger
1-1/2 cups cooked chickpeas (equivalent to a standard 375g tin, drained)
2 medium carrots, grated
3 tbsp whole rolled oats
3 tbsp flour
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp onion powder (or substitute cumin or even garlic if you don't have onion powder)
Flour, extra, for coating if needed
Oil, for cooking
Salad and burger buns for serving
Combine the chickpeas, grated carrots and rolled oats in a food processor and process until well combined, although not fully smooth. Add the flour, lemon juice and seasonings and process until semi-smooth.
With wet hands, shape the mix into approximately 8 burger patties. Coat in extra flour if needed. Place on a plate or baking tray lined with non-stick paper and chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes (I left mine for several hours).
Drizzle oil in a non-stick pan and heat to medium-high heat. Cook the burger patties for several minutes on each side, until golden and slightly charred.
Serve in a bun with salad and sauce to taste.
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