Healthiness: Very good
I love the spiciness of bean burgers, a great meat alternative I’ve been looking forward to making. My mum has been on the Slimming World plan for 4 years, so she asks me to cook things SW friendly when I experiment. Which is fine by me, as this was veggie-packed and still filling.
Serves 4 (8 burgers)
Ready in 45 minutes
Can freeze up to 1 month
This recipe is from one of the many SW books ‘Family Feasts On a Budget’, and is free on Extra Easy and Green, and 14 syns on Original.
400g haricot or cannellini beans, drained
400g kidney beans, drained
1 small onion, or shallot, roughly chopped
1 large garlic clove, crushed
1 red chilli, deseeded and roughly chopped (i recommend 2-3. One wasn’t enough!)
1 small red pepper, roughly chopped
Bunch of spring onions, trimmed and roughly chopped
1 egg, beaten
4 large baking potatoes
Cajun or paprika seasoning
6 tbsp fat free natural greek yoghurt (or full fat if your not following SW)
2 large tomatoes, roughly chopped
Low calorie cooking spray
Place the beans, onion, garlic, chilli, red pepper, and half the spring onions into a food
processor to chop roughly.. (or, like me, just chop them roughly and mash the beans)
In a bowl, season to taste (use lots of salt and pepper and even extra spices, as cannellini and kidney beans have no flavour on their own). Add the beaten egg. Divide the mixture into eight equal portions and shape into burgers. Place on a baking tray, sprayed with low calorie cooking spray, and chill for 20 mins.
Preheat the oven to 200 degrees C/Fan 180 degrees C/Gas 6.
Mix the yoghurt, tomatoes, and remaining spring onions in a bowl and season to taste. I’d recommend doing this before the rest of the recipe, so you can leave it to chill for a bit.
For the wedges (or chips)
Slice the potatoes into wedges or chips. Part-boil them for 5-10 minutes until they have softened but not completely cooked. Toss them in your seasoning of choice, and place them evenly on a baking tray, or just a wire rack in the oven works best. Spray to death with cooking spray. Pop in the oven for around 20-25 minutes depending on the size of the wedges.
When the wedges have been cooking for around 10 minutes, put the burgers on the shelf below and bake for around 15 minutes or until golden. Make sure to shift the wedges around, and spray again if needed.
Serve alongside a fresh salad.