Homemade Veggie Burgers

Homemade Veggie Burgers

We haven’t been trying out as many new recipes as usual, but the other day we fancied some burgers which we could all enjoy. There are so many types of burgers and what you eat them with is probably just as important as what you put in them, but these burgers, these taste great on their own! 😛 This isn’t the first burger recipe I’ve posted, but the first using soya! Have you seen these quinoa burgers? or my cheesey style burgers?

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Crispy open burger with homemade coleslaw and salad

We’ve never used soy in this way before but now we now how easy it is and how tasty it can be, we will try all manner of foods! I’m thinking Mexican burgers, meatballs, pies, meatloaf and sausage rolls! How exciting! Don’t you love it when you discover a new way to use something which you thought was boring and bland! 😛

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The way to make these taste great is in the preparation. As my Dad would have said, preparation is the key and although he’d be talking about building or decorating, the principle definitely stands! (as I write this my Fathers funeral is tomorrow (15th)  🙁 ) I think Dad would have loved these burgers! Although they are vegan, they feel ‘meaty’ and are so full of flavour and paired with the salad, coleslaw, cheeze and a soft freshly made bun… perfection! 😀 So, the preparation. Rather than rehydrate the soya as per the instructions, all the flavours are added to the water so it sucks up all the delicious tastes! You can of course (as always) switch your spices and sauces about and make them to your liking, or you can follow my recipe exactly, then have a play next time! 😛

This weekend I am co-hosting Fiesta Friday again (to try and get some normality back after the past month). Here is the  party link  and I’m co-hosting with the lovely Alex @TurksWhoEat and it would be great if you could pop over to the party over the weekend and say hello! 😀

Right… time to check and double check my Dad’s speech for tomorrow… Let’s hope I can get through it without too many tears!

         …An update! Positive affirmations most definitely work! 😀 The service was lovely, more guests than expected and unbelievably I managed my fathers speech with no tears at all (good job I was staring at my speech not at everyone else, as there were more than a few tears). All done, but never forgotten. Love you Dad. x

Homemade Veggie Burgers (Vegan & Free-From)

  • Servings: 8-10 burgers
  • Difficulty: medium
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Gather

  • 100g soya chunks
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon bouillon powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili flakes
  • 1 teaspoon yeast extract
  • 2 teaspoons tamari (or soy sauce)
  • 700ml boiling water
  • splash/sliver of oil
  • 1 onion sliced
  • 1 carrot
  • 50g mixed seeds
  • 1 x 400g tin chickpeas drained
  • 1 tablespoon ground linseed

Prepare

  1. Put the soya in a pan and sprinkle over the paprika, salt, garlic, bouillon and chili.
  2. Dissolve the yeast extract with the tamari in the boiling water, then pour over the soya.
  3. Cook the soya on a low heat until all the water has been absorbed (5-15 minutes).
  4. Heat/melt the oil and cook the onion until just turning golden.
  5. Put the carrot in a food processor and pulse until broken down into small chunks. Add the seeds and pulse again before adding the cooked soya chunks and the cooked onion. Add the chickpeas and linseed and process until you have an almost smooth paste. Set aside to firm up.
  6. Shape the burger mix into patties – by hand or with a burger press. You can make them any size or even into meatballs.
  7. Shallow fry in batches then finish off in a medium oven for 10-15 minutes.
  8. Enjoy!

Tips & Storage

  • Serve in your favourite buns with your choice of garnish and sauce.
  • Try as a naked burger with a mixed salad.
  • Add some skin on fries or sweet potato fries.
  • Mix up the flavours and try adding different spices and sauces.
  • Swap the chick peas for black beans or kidney beans.
  • Instead of mixed seeds use nuts.
  • Store refrigerated for up to three days.

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Non nom nom… what would you put in yours?

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  • Megala 14th Mar 2018 at 11:25

    Looks so delicious ! Nice to use soya chunks in here !!

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    • Laurena@LifeDietHealth
      Laurena@LifeDietHealth 14th Mar 2018 at 11:29

      Thank you! I don’t know why I never thought of it before! They were so good my meat eating boys kept eating them! 😀

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  • Loretta 14th Mar 2018 at 12:59

    So many healthy ingredients in this veggie burger 🙂

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    • Laurena@LifeDietHealth
      Laurena@LifeDietHealth 14th Mar 2018 at 18:11

      Thank you Loretta! Always a healthy twist over here! 😀 How would you eat yours?

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  • Eva 14th Mar 2018 at 13:45

    These burgers look delicious😊 Will be thinking of you tomorrow xx

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    • Laurena@LifeDietHealth
      Laurena@LifeDietHealth 14th Mar 2018 at 18:14

      Thank you so much Eva. What would you eat your burgers with? We’ve taken a liking to homemade coleslaw with coconut yogurt! Dreamy!
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      Hopefully tomorrow will go well! Thank you! (then I’ll want to hear all about your packing progress)! 😛 x

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      • Eva 14th Mar 2018 at 18:29

        It has to be either hummous and salad or plain old ketchup or brown sauce😉 Take care X

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        • Laurena@LifeDietHealth
          Laurena@LifeDietHealth 14th Mar 2018 at 21:15

          ah yes… there might be a bit of houmous in there too! 😛 good choice! yumyum! x

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  • mistimaan 14th Mar 2018 at 16:35

    Looks tasty

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  • TurksWhoEat 16th Mar 2018 at 15:17

    I’ve never had a burger like this but it sounds so delicious! And so healthy 😀 Happy Fiesta Friday!

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    • Laurena@LifeDietHealth
      Laurena@LifeDietHealth 16th Mar 2018 at 22:12

      Thanks Alex. They are so good! I think I need a stash for the freezer! Thanks for co-hosting with me ☺Happy Fiesta-ing!😋

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  • Angie | Fiesta Friday 17th Mar 2018 at 00:34

    I’ve been meaning to look for soya chunks. Do they taste like tofu? Or tempeh? Both my daughter loves, btw. She’s the almost-vegetarian and sometimes I worry she doesn’t get enough protein. I’ll make a note next time I go to an Indian market to look for them.

    I have no doubt your speech was well delivered and received; you always write so eloquently. Thanks for cohosting! I hope you’re enjoying yourself? Take care, Laurena!

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    • Laurena@LifeDietHealth
      Laurena@LifeDietHealth 17th Mar 2018 at 09:12

      Ooo, I didn’t know your daughter was ‘almost’ vegetarian! If she’s eating a wide range of foods she’s more than likely getting enough protein as almost all plant foods contain ‘some’ protein – some more than others such as quinoa, nuts and beans… but even oats and potatoes and grapes and tomatoes contain protein too!!! Anyway, sorry, that sparked my nutritional therapy hat lol – So, soya! Many commercial vegetarian foods use soya – lasagne, burgers, sausages, pasties etc and it ‘can’ take on a minced meat type taste ‘IF’ you prepare it with adequate spices (like these burgers)!

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    • Laurena@LifeDietHealth
      Laurena@LifeDietHealth 17th Mar 2018 at 09:25

      Grrr.. I think the snow has caused Gremlins in my laptop! I hadn’t finished writing and I can’t get back to edit my comment – my fault for waffling maybe! 😛 You can get soya chunks, mince and even sticks – any would work here. Thank you for your kind comments about my speech – I’m relieved that part is over now, just everything else to be getting on with! Always a pleasure to co-host! 😀 Have a great weekend. xxx

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      • Angie | Fiesta Friday 17th Mar 2018 at 13:38

        My daughter eats meat, just very little. She’s just always preferred vegetables. Totally opposite from her brother! Thanks for all the suggestions.

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  • Zeba@Food For The Soul 17th Mar 2018 at 14:12

    Laurena, these look delicious and so healthy. I remember my mom would make curry with soya chunks and I have not had them since I was a kid 🙂

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    • Laurena@LifeDietHealth
      Laurena@LifeDietHealth 17th Mar 2018 at 20:24

      Thanks Zeba 🙂 Ooo curry sounds good! I’m going to try that! Thanks for the idea! 🙂

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  • Ginger 19th Mar 2018 at 17:02

    Wonderful idea – I’m always on the lookout for vegetarian options and these look gorgeous! Thank you so much for co-hosting FF this week, it’s such a great way to meet new people 🙂

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    • Laurena@LifeDietHealth
      Laurena@LifeDietHealth 20th Mar 2018 at 22:45

      Thank you! A delicious vegetarian option that the meat eaters didn’t even moan about! 🙂 Yes, I’ve lost count now how many times I’ve co-hosted over the past few months! Always happy to do so! 🙂 When are you next co-hosting?

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      • Ginger 23rd Mar 2018 at 12:20

        I’ll be back after Easter – so lovely to be able to actually visit other people’s posts! Usually there’s always something else to do 🙁

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  • nancyc 19th Mar 2018 at 17:28

    Yum–this looks like a wonderful veggie burger!

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