Beany Burgers

This vegetarian recipe is surprisingly easy, and who doesn’t like a burger? Definitely best served with tatziki (yoghurt with herbs - a healthy alternative to ketchup!)

Ingredients (Serves 4, makes 8 small burgers)

  • 50g toasted pine nuts

  • 1.5 cans borlotti beans

  • 1.5 red onion finely chopped

  • 4 tbsp sundried tomato paste

  • 150g fresh breadcrumbs

  • fresh thyme leaves (about a quarter of a pack)

  • 2 eggs, whisked (or Olive oil)

To serve

  • 4 Pitta Breads

  • Tatziki

  • Salad

  • Sweet Potato Fries


  • Chop the onion

  • Bake sweet potato fries in oven

  • Prepare the salad

  • Halve and split the pitta breads


1.    Put the borlotti beans into a large bowl and mash well with a potato masher or fork. Add the pine nuts, onion, tomato paste, half the breadcrumbs, the thyme and egg (or olive oil). Season to taste, then gently mix together until the ingredients are thoroughly combined.

2.    With slightly wet hands, shape the mixture into 2 burgers. Coat the outside of each burger with the remaining breadcrumbs.

3.    To cook the burgers: heat a thin layer of sunflower oil in a large frying pan and fry for 3-4 mins each side until golden. Drain on kitchen paper, then serve in pitta breads with tzatziki, salad and sweet potato fries. Yum.