Chickpea dill-chili-tahini burgers with tomato chutney

8 Aug

It is often all too late, as a vegetarian, that you become aware when you invite people over for a ‘barbeque’, they often expect some kind of animal fare. Bewilderment, anger, loss all flicker on the faces of meat-eating friends as they wonder where to put their steaks and what they’ll really eat for dinner whence they leave your big fat lie of a BBQ.

The problem is often that veggie burgers, sausages and the like comprise largely of one of two things: potatoes or some unpronounceable chemical substance (Quorn, what are you?).  And very often they do not have the textural fortitude to withstand the ravages of the outdoor flame.

These little fellas, however, held together well, were moist and tasty enough for our Peruvian friends to be happy – which is saying a lot for South Americans (not the most vegan continent).

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Chickpea-tahini-dill burgers (serves 4 – made 9 burgers)

  • 2 cans chickpeas
  • Good bunch of dill
  • About 1/4 C of chopped (liquid drained out) or frozen spinach
  • 2 1/2 TBSP tahini paste
  • 4 TBSP water
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves crushed garlic
  • 2 TBSP lemon juice
  • Finely diced chili
  • Salt
  • Bread crumbs

Mash up chickpeas, leaving some still whole, some half-mashed and some obliterated. Mix in dill, chili and spinach. In a glass or bowl, whisk up the tahini, lemon, garlic and water until it is fully combined – it should be the consistency of milk. Divide into palm-sized patties (about 1.5m thick), roll in bread crumbs and leave to set in the fridge for about an hour. Grill on a fry pan or on the barbie for a couple minutes each size.

Tomato chutney

  • 1 can good quality chopped tomatoes
  • 1/2 red medium-size red onion
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely sliced
  • 1 1/2 TBSP sherry vinegar
  • 1 TBSP sugar

Cook up garlic and onion, adding the can of toms and let it reduce down for at least 15 mins. There should be nothing watery about this.

The burgers were served with home-made bagels, beetroot and some super-quick raita.

Estimated cost: £4

Musical accompaniment: Timber Timbre

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