This weekend, I made beanburgers for a friend who's allergic to beans. I realise that sounds like a particularly cruel and unusual punishment, but let me explain.
As always when I'm planning to cook for others, I asked about any allergies or dislikes, at which point the bean allergy surfaced. But in further discussion it turned out not to apply to all varieties of beans. Moreover, my friend hasn't always had this allergy, and used to be partial to a beanburger now and then - a simple pleasure which is mostly off-limits now that the allergy has surfaced.
Well, my dad has developed an excellent recipe for beanburgers, and I was sure I could make them with the one kind of bean she's definitely not allergic to: the black eyed bean. It worked just as well as with the traditional red kidney bean, and I'm sure you could substitute any bean of your choice.
My Dad's Beanburgers
Makes 18 burgers
2 tins of beans (the original recipe used red kidney beans)
1 tin of chopped tomatoes
3 medium red onions
2tbsp soy sauce
12 Ryvita crackers
6 heaped dessert spoons of oats
a large handful of fresh coriander (cilantro)
- Chop the onions finely, and fry for a couple of minutes to soften. Leave to cool.
- Drain and rinse the beans.
- method A - foodprocessor
Put the beans, tomatoes, soy sauce, and Ryvita into the food processor, and whizz until chopped and combined. Remove the mixture from the processor into a large bowl, and stir together with all the other ingredients.
method B - by hand (this is how I do it)
Put the beans into a large bowl and crush with a potato masher. Crumble the Ryvitas using a pestle and mortar. Combine all the ingredients.
- Form into patties - I do this by taking a heaped dessert spoonful of the mixture, rolling it into a ball between my hands, then flattening it. Of course, if you have a burger press, you can use that.
- Fry at a medium heat for around 5 minutes each side, until cooked through (the outsides will brown slowly).
- Serve in bread rolls with your choice of garnish - salad, cheese, and ketchup were popular at our house.