21 January 2014

Smoked Chilli Bean Burgers



I fell in love with Gran Luchito last year when I lurked around their stall at Food Blogger Connect in London. After my first taste, I just had to go back for more and more. It's seriously addictive stuff!  

They use rare Oaxacan (pronounced wa-ha-can) chillies to make chilli paste and to flavour mayo and honey. The thing that struck me was there was so much flavour and not just heat. I was instantly a convert. The mayo is particularly good.  

Burgers always need to be over seasoned and spiced as a lot of flavour is lost when they are cooked, so I decided to use the chilli paste in my burgers to spice things up for Valentines Day. 

I made this first batch with an egg as a binder, but next time I make them I'll use a flax egg so they are vegan friendly for my lovely hubby.

 1 Flax Egg = 1 tbsp freshly ground flax seeds (linseeds) & 3 tbsp water mixed & left in fridge to thicken.

For spice I added 2 tsp of chilli paste to my burgers, but you could add even more if you want them extra spicy.

I served my burgers on a bun with salad leaves, sliced baby beets and pink marie sauce (a bit like a rose marie, but pinker). For 2 burgers you need 2 tbsp mayonnaise, 1 tbsp ketchup and 1 tsp of pickled beetroot vinegar, whisked together and seasoned with black pepper.




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Smoked Chilli Bean Burgers
Spicy heart shaped bean burgers for Valentines Day.
Ingredients
  • 1 x 400g tin black beans
  • 1 x 400g tin chickpeas
  • 1 x 400g tin cannellini beans
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 2 heaped tsp Gran Luchito chilli paste
  • 1 large egg or flax egg
  • a handful of fresh coriander
  • 50g porridge oats
  • a good grinding of black pepper
Instructions
1. Drain and rinse the beans, then pour them into a large bowl and mash with the crushed garlic and chilli paste. Don't over mash, it's nice to have some big pieces of bean in the burgers.2. Beat the egg and fold into the beans.3. Add the oats and coriander, season with black pepper and mix with the beans.4. Shape into patties and chill in the fridge until you are ready to cook them.5. Fry in a little oil or bake in the oven until well cooked and crisp.6. Serve in a toasted bun with your choice of filling.7. Enjoy!
Details
Total time:
Yield: Makes 4-6 burgers
Notes: Add extra time for chilling



photo: Fuss Free Flavours
Here are a few more recipes to try with Gran Luchito. Note: not all of them are veggie, but I did want to support my fellow bloggers, so please just skip over any that aren't suitable.

Ren Behan - Baked Camembert with Smoked Chilli Honey
How to Cook Good Food - Spiced, Honey Roast Squash, Chorizo, Prawn and Feta Salad
Tinned Tomatoes - Cheesey Bean Wraps
Feeding Boys and a Firefighter - Crispy Spiced Chicken
Feeding Boys and a Firefighter - Spicy Thai Noodle Soup
Utterly Scrummy Food - Salmon with Gran Luchito Honey Glaze or Trout with Gran Luchito Mayo
Franglais Kitchen - Braised Poussin with Chilli, Lime and Herb Broth
Fuss Free Flavours - Chilli Honey Marshmallows
The Botanical Baker - Chilli Honey Baklava
Maison Cupcake - Sarah's Hot Stuff Brownie Love Bites
Dolly Bakes - Hot Chocolate Bundt Cake 


Disclosure: Gran Luchito sent me some product to use in this recipe and reimbursed me for my ingredients and time. I was not required to write a positive review and any opinions expressed are my own.

57 comments:

  1. Cutest. Burgers. Ever.
    Had to look up Marie Rose sauce, however - never even heard of it! BBCFood says it's a prawn sauce, which stands to reason, what with me never having had it before! I love how you've gotten so good with the bean burgers - one of those pancake molds would make this go super quick. ☺

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    1. Yeah, I remember it from childhood as my dad was a great fan of prawn cocktail. It was the sauce I remember liking. It went well with the lettuce.

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  2. Mmm, that Luchito mayo is delicious and I love the sound of your burger.
    Janie x

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    1. Oh it is good, so, so good. In fact it would be great on top of this burger too.

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  3. Jac do you think mixed canned beans will be alright to use for it? I have open can and I need to use it for something, chilli bean burgers sounds like a perfect lunch! xx

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    1. Yes, I am sure that would be just as good and if you don't want to use egg as a binder, mashed potato and sweet potato mash are great binders too.

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  4. They look deliciously spicy and healthy and I love the heart shape and pink sauce! (you could also say heart healthy with all the beans and oats)

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    1. They are indeed super healthy and very tasty too. But the best think is they are so quick and easy to make, can be made from store cupboard ingredients, don't cost much and can be frozen. Wait that was a lot of things, haha.

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  5. Would love to have this cooked for me for Valentine's day Jac. That chilli paste sounds fab. And thanks for the flaxseed egg recipe - great idea for vegan burgers.

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    1. The flaxseed egg is a really handy recipe to have. I use it in cakes and savoury dishes. Healthy too! You need to grind the seeds fresh for the best results though.

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  6. I love the addition of beetroot to the veggie burger - definitely trying that out.

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    1. The pickled beetroot was a nice flavour to eat with the burger. I'll do that again!

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  7. Wow LOVE (get it) these heart shaped veggie burger-beautiful. I would love you to join #tastytuesdays if you fancied it: http://honestmum.com/tasty-tuesdays-greek-chicken-casserole/

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  8. Aww cute - a heart-shaped burger! Love is indeed all around us ;o) When I went to Mexico I learnt that chillies are not just about heat but about incredibly complex and subtle flavours - and it sounds like Gran Luchito products understand this 100%. Fascinated by the flax egg idea - never thought of using soaked flaxseeds like that but yes of course, they take on the consistency of an egg yolk! Good tip :)

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    1. I had never gotten the flavour side of chilli before, just the heat, so it was a revelation for me. The flax eggs are fab.

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  9. I've been planning to try a bean burger at some point, maybe this one...mind you, who knows when I'll get round to doing any more cooking

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    1. Ahhh, you pretend you don't cook much but I know you do, in between all the restaurant reviews of course :)

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  10. Lovely romantic heart shaped burger, I love the spicy addition.

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  11. My veggie husband would really appreciate one of these served up after a long shift at the fire station!!!! Nice recipe Jac :-)

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    1. Ah well, it's a quick on and filling too, so just perfect.

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  12. Possibly the prettiest burgers I've ever seen!. Loving the heart shape and the mixture sounds really very tasty, especially served with beetroot and pink sauce. LOVE Gran Luchito smoked chilli paste too and I can imagine it would spice up a bean burger perfectly.

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  13. As the lucky recipient of some of these, I find that they strike the flavour/heat balance perfectly!

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    1. Ah you've tried them already And. Glad you enjoyed them.

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  14. these look gorgeous. love the heart shape and the smoky chilli of gran luchito goes into much of my food too!

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  15. ANYTHING with Luchito in it has to be DARNED good! Karen

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  16. These burgers look divine Jacs, I think I've got a couple of teaspoons of chilli past left so I really should make these burgers as we are mega fans of Gran Luchito:-)

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    1. Well I do hope you enjoy them then Camilla :)

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  17. Ooh never heard of this lovely sounding stuff, those burgers just look great!

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    1. Thank you. You should keep an eye out for it. A blogger friend said the Gran Luchito honey is like crack and she isn't wrong.

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  18. I love Gran Luchito's products. I always glaze my salmon with their smoked chilli honey and marinate my meats with their smoked chilli paste, which gives a fiery kick to our meals. Your burgers look delicious. Love the shape, very appropriate for valentines day.

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    1. Thanks Tina and yes, it is versatile, I really must get my thinking cap on to decide how to use it next. Maybe a glaze for tofu.

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  19. What a fantastic way to use up my Gran Luchito chilli paste. That is a good looking burger and I do happen to have plenty of heart shaped cutters to make your heart shaped Valetnine burgers!

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    1. Haha, that's a bit posh Laura, I just grabbed a dollop and shaped it in my hands, but I think ti would indeed look better with a cutter.

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  20. Love the dribbling pink sauce photo! Perfect!

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  21. I'm not a veggie but I have always been partial to a bean burger - these look lovely

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    1. Thanks CC. I don't know why, but I thought you were, hmmmmm!

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  22. They look so good - I'm so glad to have found your blog ☺️

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  23. Hell fire Jac, they look amazing!!! x

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  24. Lovely burgers Jac. All the Valentines recipes just show that there are very few things which cannot be improved by adding some Gran Luchito. Thank you for adding my marshmallow photo

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  25. This is the first time I have heard of a flax egg! Thats why I love food bloggers so much knowledge and such generous sharing! Lovely round up of posts Jaq! I love Gran Luchito products espp the chilli honey , they gave me a generous goody bag at their event last year ,will be trying out ur burgers surely!

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    1. Well I hope you enjoy them. Remember you can use a normal egg instead of a flax egg if you want.

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