Veg meals

Spicy Bean Burgers with Apple and Beetroot Slaw/salad


This was a really good lunch! It’s the hottest day of the year so far (a wild 17°C), and after eating pizza AND burrito yesterday, fancied something healthy and relatively light.

I haven’t used my mandolin much, mainly because I have an enormous fear of slicing my fingers off, but had the idea that tiny sticks of beetroot and apple would be wonderful together with a bit of lemon. And it was. It’s not really a slaw, nor is it a salad. It’s really just three things that go very nicely together, and went very well with the burger as well.

Ingredients | 20 minutes| Makes about 4 burgers

  • Half a can (200g) of kidney beans
  • Half a can of rosecoco beans, drained (black eyed, bertolli, etc also good)
  • 25-20g of dried stuffing (breadcrumbs also fine)
  • 1 medium egg
  • Three cloves of garlic
  • Good pinch of oregano
  • 1 heaped tsp of cumin
  • 1 tsp of ground coriander
  • 1tsp of curry paste
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Pepper to taste
  • Good squeeze of lemon
  • Few splashes of Worcester sauce (miss this to make it veggie)
  • Dried chili to taste
  • 1 tbsp of oil

For the slaw:

  • 1 fresh beetroot
  • 2 Granny Smith apples
  • Half a lemon


  • Put all of your ingredients for the burgers into a blender and roughly blend so it’s still a bit lumpy. Remove the mixture and set aside in a bowl to let it rest while you make the slaw, so the liquid can be absorbed by the stuffing.
  • The slaw is very fine as I used a mandolin, but you could finely chop or grate the apple and beetroot! Do this, then squeeze the lemon over and mix.
  • Heat a frying pan to a medium-high heat with a little of the oil, then scoop a burger-sized amount of the mixture and roughly shape it in your hand. Carefully put it in the pan and press it into shape.
  • Mine took about 4 minutes or so on each side to cook. They should be browned and crispy on the edges. Don’t worry if they’re a little crumbly – it’ll still be delicious.
  • Serve up with the slaw. I had mine with some sweet chili dip and it worked really well!







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