I made these burgers today and I'm super pleased with them.
Yes, I have veered off my meal plan already. We were supposed to be having Pasta with Roast Vegetables and Feta tonight and going out for a meal tomorrow, but the meal has been cancelled, so with a day off and a bit of time on my hands (after cleaning the house from top to bottom), I decided to make us some lovely homemade burgers. I'll go back to the plan tomorrow, starting with the pasta.
My burgers are made with sweet potatoes, black beans, spinach, oats and seeds. No egg or any kind of dairy, so they are suitable for Graham to enjoy too. I spiced them with some Schwartz spices. I chose the Cajun spices for this burger and it really adds a lovely bit of flavour and heat. I added 2 tsp of spice to my burgers, but if I was making them for just Graham & myself and no little tums, then I would maybe even add another spoonful for a really spicy kick.
I picked up a couple of jars of Schwartz spice mixes. The Cajun mix and Season-All, which has paprika, black pepper and celery seeds. Not sure what I'm going to use the Season-All for yet, but it is quite interesting to buy a mix and to get ideas for new combinations.
I tend to use the same spices over and over. Cumin, turmeric, ginger, chilli and black pepper get used heavily in my kitchen, probably too heavily, so it's time to mix things up.
I notice from the Schwartz website that they add spice mixes to their slow cooker recipes and I had a look at their lasagne recipe too . Their lasagne wasn't suitable for vegetarians, like my veggie lasagne is, but it was interesting to see the spice mix they add. I'm going to have to try that.
I enjoyed my burger for a late, late lunch on a toasted poppy seed roll, spread with wholegrain mustard, topped with a bed of salad leaves, then the burger and finished off with a few slices of lemon dipped avocado. It was the best burger I've had in a long, long time! In fact one of the best ever!
I hope Graham and Cooper love them as much as I do and I hope you give them a go too. Such an easy recipe, but top class results.
Cajun Spiced Black Bean and Sweet Potato Burgers
Spicy burgers made with black beans, sweet potatoes, spinach and oats, with no egg or dairy. Droolworthy and healthy burgers.
- 200g (1 medium) sweet potato, baked
- 400g tin black beans
- 100g spinach
- ½ cup / 45g porridge oats
- 2 tsp Cajun spice
- 2 tsp flaxseeds (optional)
- 1 clove garlic, crushed
- a good grinding of black pepper
1. Rinse the beans and add them to a mixing bowl. Mash, but leave half of the beans whole for a bit of texture.2. Scoop the flesh out of the baked potato with a spoon and add to the bowl.3. Rinse your spinach in a colander then pour a kettleful of boiling water over it to wilt it. Rinse with cold water to refresh, then squeeze as much water out as you can. Chop and add to the bowl.4. Next add the seeds, oats, spices, garlic and black pepper and mix until well combined.5. Shape your mixture into 4 hearty balls, then flatten out into burger shapes.6. Pop the burgers on a plate until you are ready to use them. You can bake or fry them in a little oil. I fried my burger in a little cold pressed rapeseed oil, for a few minutes on each side until brown and crisp.7. These burgers will also freeze well. Layer them between sheets of greaseproof paper in a tupperware tub and pop in the freezer.8. Enjoy!
Yield: Makes 4 burgers
Credit Crunch Munch hosted this month by my good friend Janice over at Farmersgirl Kitchen.
The event was set up by another two of my good friends, Helen from Fuss Free Flavours and Camilla from Fab Food 4 All.
My burgers might not immediately seem to be frugal, but the black beans were sitting in my cupboard, the spinach was nearing the end of it's vacation in my fridge, as was the sweet potato and the oats and seeds, I have for Cooper's breakfast porridge.
I am also linking this up to Ricki's Wellness Weekends.
Disclosure: This recipe was developed on behalf of Schwartz. I was not expected to write a positive review and any opinions expressed are my own.