I asked the husband if he fancied a veggie burger for his dinner. He wasn’t convinced, thinking that I was about to palm him off with something out of the freezer section in Sainsbury’s. Then I showed him a pic of Anna Jones’ Really Hungry Burger, and he had a change of heart.
I’m not usually a fan of veggie burgers, I find them a bit of a faff to make and when I try and cook them they usually fall apart or get stuck to the pan. But, having loved every recipe that I’ve cooked from Anna’s book A Modern Way To Eat, I had high hopes for the hungry burger and decided to give it a go.
While the burger does contain a tin of haricot beans, it’s not just a bean burger. It’s rammed full of loads of other delicious stuff too – Portobello mushrooms, dates, brown rice, lemon zest, tahini, soy sauce, garlic, thyme and parsley – and it taste divine. I defy anyone not to enjoy it, even staunch meat eaters. This is definitely a veggie burger that gives all other veggie and meat burgers a run for their money. It’s moist, filling and packed full of flavour. Quite simply, it’s delicious.
The recipe makes eight patties, and if you haven’t got an appetite the size of a house, or eight really hungry friends, the raw burgers are great for freezing and cook well from frozen – and instead of frying or grilling, you just pop them in the oven.
Anna suggests all sorts of pickles and sauces to go with the burger, I served mine on soft white rolls (lightly toasted), topped with goats cheese, sweet onion jam, and a salad of avocado, red onion and gem lettuce – plus a portion of oven chips.
The verdict from the husband: ‘That was lush man…’ I think he’s been learning some new phrases from his ten-year-old pupils!!! They were rather nice though.