There’s nothing quite like a good old juicy burger. Tomato and sauce juices dripping down your hands as you bite into a hearty patty…. As much as a good burger can make your day, often takeaway versions have meat patty’s that are high in saturated fat and ooze fatty juices. My sweet potato, lentil and quinoa burgers are just as hearty but trust me, not only do they satisfy a burger craving and taste amazing, they also provide a great serve of energy that actually doesn’t leave you feeling guilty post your initial burger high.
2 cups mashed sweet potato
1 teaspoon smoky paprika
1 (400g) can of lentils
1 cup cooked quinoa
½ teaspoon cumin powder
Small bunch of fresh coriander or flat leaf parsley finely chopped
1 small chilli finely chopped
1 glove garlic crushed
1 small onion finely chopped
1 egg lightly beaten
salt pepper to taste
Panko crumbs or sesame seeds to crumb (optional)
- Cut 2 big sweet potatoes length ways and sprinkle over paprika, drizzle with olive oil and bake in a 180c oven for approximately 1 hour. (You can also boil the sweet potato but make sure it’s not watery when it’s mashed). When the potato is cooked, mash well.
- To the sweet potato add all other ingredients and mix well with your hands.
- Shape into patties and coat in breadcrumbs or sesame seeds. Refrigerate for 2 hours or overnight.
- Pan fry using coconut oil (or another oil of your choice) or bake in a moderate oven until cooked through and browned.
- Enjoy with all of your usual burger toppings or serve with a side salad.
* I used caramelised onion, salad and my Loving Cook humus in a wholemeal burger bun.
** This mixture also makes great ‘meat balls’ and can be fried off and served with a tomato sauce and fresh basil.
*** The patties will be quite delicate because there is no added flour, the longer you refrigerate the better. You can also freeze these patties and then bake or grill them.
**** Instead of sesame seeds or panko breadcrumbs, try an LSA mix (linseed, sunflower and almonds), or even crushed pistachio nuts to create a nice outer crust.