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Taste Buds Recipe | Vegetarian Burger

Tasty and substantial this veggie burger cooks well on a bbq


  • 150g cooked brown rice, cooled
  • 120g ground almonds
  • 1 tsp each of ground cumin, smoked paprika, ground coriander
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  • Salt & pepper
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 25g panko breadcrumbs
  • 4 tbsp barbecue sauce
  • 230g black beans (or kidney beans), tinned is fine


  1. Preheat your oven to 180˚C/160˚C fan-assisted/gas mark 4. Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper. In a large bowl, mix together the ground almonds and spices. Scatter over the baking tray and spread out. Bake in the oven for 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally to brown the almonds a little all over. Remove from the oven.
  2. Drain the black beans, rinse well under cold water and allow to drain. Pat dry with kitchen paper or a clean tea towel and mash.
  3. Cook the onions for 3-4 minutes in a non-stick frying pan. Allow to cool slightly.
  4. In your large bowl, mix all the ingredients together and season well with salt and pepper.
  5. Shape the mixture into burger patties. Cook for 3-4 minutes each side on a hot barbecue, griddle pan, pan-fry or under a hot grill until cooked through.
  6. Serve in burger buns with your choice of toppings.

Recipe by Jody Spencer

Taste Buds chef: Jody Spencer

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