Veggie Burgers with Avocado Salsa

These are really big, chunky burgers. You definitely won’t miss the meat. I topped mine with a fried duck egg as well just to up the naughtiness level.

Veggie Burgers with Avocado Salsa
Veggie Burgers with Avocado Salsa

Ingredients

850g sweet potatoes (peeled and chopped into small cubes)

150g brown rice

2tbsps sunflower seeds

1 red onion (finely diced)

1 red chilli (deseeded and finely chopped)

1 inch fresh ginger (peeled and chopped into matchsticks)

2tbsps cumin seeds

Small bunch of basil (leaves shredded)

Olive oil

Sea salt and black pepper

For the salsa

1 avocado (peeled, destoned and diced)

2tbsps lime juice

Small bunch of basil (leaves shredded)

 

Cumin Spiced Sweet Potatoes
Cumin Spiced Sweet Potatoes


Method

Preheat oven to 180°c (fan 160°c) gas 4.

Put the sunflower seeds into a cup, cover with water and leave to soak.

Cook your rice according to the packet instructions, drain and lay out flat on a baking tray to steam dry.

Meanwhile place the sweet potato onto a baking tray with some olive oil and the cumin seeds and roast for around 30 minutes until soft but not too coloured.

While your potato is roasting heat a frying pan with a spoonful of olive oil and add your onion for 5 minutes until soft. Then add your chilli and ginger and fry for a few more minutes. Set aside.

When all the ingredients have cooled, drain the sunflower seeds and add to a large bowl with the sweet potato. Mash with a fork or masher until combined but not smooth. Add the rice and onion mixture with the basil leaves and mix. Shape into 4 burgers. You can make these up to 48 hours in advance, just cover and chill until needed. Remove from fridge 15 minutes before cooking.

 

Shaping the Veggie Burgers
Shaping the Veggie Burgers

 

Put burgers onto a baking tray and bake in oven for 30 minutes until warmed through and starting to brown.

Meanwhile combine the salsa ingredients in a serving dish and season to taste.

To serve lightly toast some burger buns (M&S Ultimate Burger Buns are hard to beat imo) top with some iceberg lettuce, one of the veggie patties and a dollop of salsa (duck egg optional but it was awesome!) Enjoy!

Serves 4

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