Spicy veggie burger

veggie burger

Mashed potatoes form the basis of this recipe, which makes for a delicious leftover/green day. Mixed with a tin of black beans or chickpeas, it then makes for a highly nutritious meal. Much the same as bubble and squeak but a lot better for you.

Approx price: £4.35 or £1.08 per portion

Serves: 4

Total time: 35 minutes


  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 onion (peeled and diced finely)
  • 1 tin of chickpeas (drained and washed)
  • 3 potatoes (cooked and mashed)
  • 1 carrot (grated or cooked and mashed)
  • 1 can of corn (small, drained)
  • 1 teaspoon of red chilli pepper (de-seeded and chopped finely or use dried flakes)
  • 0.5 teaspoons of  cumin powder
  • 1 egg
  • 30 g of plain flour
  • 4 bread rolls


  • Preheat Oven
  • Oven Temperature: 350ºF – 180ºC – Gas Mark 4 – Moderate
  • Heat a frying pan for 2 – 3 minutes, add the oil, fry onions for 2 -3 minutes or until they are soft.
  • In a large bowl mash the chickpeas, add the rest of the ingredients except for the egg and bread rolls.
  • Mix together with a metal spoon or with your hand. Beat the egg gently, then add to the mixture. If the mixture appears too wet add a little flour or breadcrumbs.
  • Divide the mixture into 4 or 6 (smaller) and shape into burgers. If you find the mixture too soft, leave it in the fridge for a few minutes, or use floured hands to shape.
  • Coat the burgers in flour. Place the burgers on a flat plate and in the fridge for 30 minutes. These can be made the night before or a few hours before you need them.
  • To cook, heat a frying pan until very hot, brush or spray with oil. Add the burgers (pan must be very hot). When the underneath surface of the burger is golden brown, flip over. Remove and place on a baking sheet once both sides are brown.
  • Place in a hot oven for 10 minutes to heat through, alternatively place in a microwave for approx. 2 minutes.
  • Serve in warm bread rolls with a your choice of salad and herbs.