Life is tough for a Vegan. There are the obvious things like not being able to eat steak, pulled pork sandwiches, cheese, ice-cream and most chocolate (they can’t even buy Easter eggs without remortgaging their homes first.) Then there are the even tougher things: the social exclusion and ridicule. Be honest, have you ever met a vegan and inwardly not rolled your eyes (what kind of person forgoes carrot cake and other such delights out of choice?!) The everyday persecution of vegans is getting worse.
However I know one vegan who is wearing her vegan stripes with pride, cooking up all sorts of meat-free, dairy-free, egg-free dishes without a care in the world. She veganifies my recipes where possible and updates me as to her progress, however I don’t want her to struggle with her recipe recalibrations any longer. This juicy bad-boy burger is just for her and there is not a crumb of meat, cheese or egg in sight! But don’t get jealous and let the vegans have all the fun, try this out for yourself and enjoy a dinner that is “Vegan’d to F@$%”!
Chickpea burger ingredients:
2 cans chickpeas
3 tbsp olive oil
3 Cloves of garlic crushed
1 bunch spring onions finely chopped
1 tsp cumin
Salt & pepper
1. Through all chickpea burger ingredients into a blender and whizz until just combined and some of the chickpeas are still whole to allow for a bit of texture and bite. Its best to add the oil after whizzing as you may need more or less, you want the texture to be sticky and slightly rough… Definitely not smooth. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
2. Form the chickpea mix into patties by hand and dust with a little flour. They will be delicate so use a fish slice or flipper to move it from workspace to pan without them breaking.
3. Fry the patties in a little oil until golden on both sides.
4. Toast the buns and smear with relish (or a mint yoghurt is heaven… if you’re not vegan of course!), the cooked burgers, sliced tomato, sliced avocado and salad leaves. Enjoy!