Nourish - Millet & Butter Bean Burgers (Gluten Free)
This burger recipe is naturally gluten-free and vegan and makes a great option for kids as you can sneak all kinds of veggies in it. This is a basic mix which can be adjusted to suit the occasion. They can be spiced up for adult tastes by adding hot paprika or serving with a hot chilli relish. This quantity will make 3 large or 6 mini burgers.
- Soak the mushrooms in warm water for at least 30 minutes, then remove them with a fork or slotted spoon; any grit will have settled to the bottom of the liquid which can be strained and saved to use as stock.
- Preheat the oven to 180 C.
- Finely chop the onion, carrot and celery and sauté them together until they have softened. After a minute or so add the finely chopped mushrooms and continue to cook until most of their liquids have evaporated.
- Pulse the cooked vegetables in a processor.
- Add the drained butter beans, millet and parsley and continue to pulse until everything is mixed together.
- Season to taste.
- Divide the mix into equal portions and form into round burger shapes.
- Place them on a baking sheet which has been lightly brushed with oil and bake in a moderate oven for about 30 minutes. Alternatively, they can be pan-fried on the hob.
- Turn the burgers halfway through their cooking time and remove from the oven when they are ready.
- Serve between toasted buns (or pitta bread) with sliced tomato, lettuce and relish or sauce of your choice.
The dressings can vary according to taste; a red cabbage slaw works well or a cool cucumber relish.
Butter beans are large, cream coloured beans that have a soft, floury texture when cooked. They are a good source of protein, iron, magnesium and rich in dietary fiber.
Shiitake mushrooms are amazing for adding a deep savory and umami flavour to dishes.
While fresh shiitake mushrooms are very delicious, they can be harder to track down, so having dried shiitake mushrooms at the ready in your pantry means that you always have them at your fingertips when you need that extra something in your cooking.