Vegetarian Bean Burgers with Salsa Roja and Yogurt, Lime, Cilantro Salsa: A vegetarian meal even a carnivore will love..
..But first a wee moan.
I know it’s Friday but first off I must say I was rather disappointed about the lack of activity on what I thought was one of my better posts. My Marvellous Mexican Meatballs was ready to go on Monday but I had waited purposely for Tuesday to post it as I read in more than one article about the best time of day to publish new posts that Tuesday and Wednesday seem to be the busiest days in the blog world. Get this, Monday, the day the post was ready and waiting for the Tuesday ‘rush’, was the day that my blog received the MOST VIEWS OF ALL TIME! Great! I thought as I had spent hours on Sunday adding alt tags to images and generally trying to make the blog more search engine friendly, SEO or whatever its called, well i thought that i had obviously done a good job and that Tuesday was going to be even better. How wrong i was.. Tuesday at around 9.30 i posted it waiting with child-like anticipation for the views, likes and comments to start pouring in. I checked back at 11am and I had only 3 views, checked back at 1 and it had gone up to a sluggish 7 views. By the end of the day i had a total of 21 views and nothing more, not one like or comment all damn day. Some of my crappiest posts pre ‘SEO’ had done better.. what is the deal? Well, I don’t know what makes the difference, I just know that I have alot more to learn if I want to get my little blog noticed. At least yesterday was better.. as for today, my previous day with most views was a Thursday back in September, so lets see how it goes!
Ok, moan over, I spose I should get on with the food! So today I am sharing a recipe for Vegetarian Bean Burgers with Salsa Roja and Yogurt, Lime, Cilantro Salsa, a vegetarian meal even a carnivore will love – how do I know that? My husband loves them! Oh, and if you don’t make the yogurt salsa, this is vegan. There are a few stages to the preparation, nothing difficult but perhaps a little time consuming, but it’s well worth the effort when you are munching on these delicious (and healthy) burgers. The two different salsas really make this dish come alive, you could do it with just one, but you will be missing out on half the fun, you could always cheat and buy a tomato salsa I ‘spose – o the horror! Just kidding, it’s just that since living in Mexico it seems ridiculous to buy shop bought salsa, fresh homemade salsa is just sooo much more delicious!
Vegetarian Bean Burgers with Salsa Roja and Yoghurt, Lime, Cilantro Salsa.
Ingredients and Method:
For the Patties:
800g cooked beans, drained
60g breadcrumbs, + more for coating
25g wheat bran (optional)
Fresh cilantro, finely chopped
1 egg, beaten
1/2 small onion, minced
salt and pepper to taste
oil for frying
1/4 head of lettuce, shredded
1 avocado, cut in thin slices
Red onion, thinly sliced rings
Tip beans into a bowl and roughly mash them.
Add 60g of breadcrumbs, cilantro (saving some for the salsa), the egg, onion and salt and pepper and mix thoroughly.
Divide the mixture into 8 equal portions, wet hands and shape into patties.
In a small bowl mix together the breadcrumbs and wheat bran with a bit of salt and pepper, pour onto a plate and coat each burger evenly in the mixture. Now is the moment if you want to freeze them.
Heat oil over med-high heat in a frying pan, once oil is hot gently add the burgers and cook 5-10 mins each side or until golden brown.
If you don’t want to fry you can always grill them or bake them. Grilling takes about the same as frying but baking i am not sure as i have never actually done it myself but i would guess around the same at a medium high heat.
While the patties are cooking you can prepare the salsas, toppings and the burger buns.
Yoghurt Lime Cilantro Salsa
1 cup of plain/natural/greek yoghurt
Juice of 1/2 to 1 lime
pinch or two of salt to taste
1 small clove of garlic, minced (optional)
Cilantro, finely chopped
5 crushed black pepper corns or coarse ground black pepper (*optional)
In a small bowl combine all ingredients only using half the lime juice to start with, mix well, taste and adjust lime juice if necessary.
For the Salsa Roja: Click here
Split burger buns and and spread the bottom half with the yoghurt salsa, next put the bean pattie, top with a couple of avocado slices, shredded lettuce and onion rings followed by a generous dollop of Salsa Roja and finally the Yogurt, Lime, Cilantro Salsa before capping off with the bun.
Now, the best part, sit down and start munching your yummy Vegetarian Bean Burger with Salsa Roja and Lime Cilantro Yogurt Salsa. If you are vegan, just eat this without the yogurt salsa