Jackfruit & Buckwheat Beet Burger

Sometimes only junk food offers answers :) One of my absolute favourite vegan treat restaurants in my home city of Manchester is called V-Rev. Literally all they do is vegan junk! Now, just because it's vegan, does not mean it's good for you. Vegan food can still contain lots of other bad stuff such as heaps of refined sugar. It's a once every few months treat for me ... but it did inspire me to try and create some delicious take away food at home.

Check out this stacked burger! I wanted to create something 'meaty' and delicious.

 

INGREDIENTS (makes 4)

3 red onions finely chopped

1 tbsp olive oil

Tin of unripe jackfruit like this one

5 drops hickory smoke like this one

1 tbsp tamari (gluten free soy sauce)

1 tbsp maple syrup

1 tsp mixed dried herbs (oregano / basil) 

1 tsp cumin

1 tsp ground coriander

3 tbsp beetroot ketchup or my tomatoless sauce

1 cup red lentils

1 cup buckwheat

1 cup gluten free plain flour

Optional: vegan sliced cheese / lettuce / gherkins / mushrooms / avocado ... basically whatever you want to load your burger with

Gluten free burger buns

HERE'S HOW

Pre Heat the oven to 160C

Gently warm the oil in a pan, add the onions and soften for 5-10 minutes

Add the tamari and maple and stir well

Add the jackfruit, use the back of a fork to gently break the flesh apart as it cooks

Boil a pan of water, add the buckwheat and simmer for 10 minutes. Add the lentils and simmer for a further 10 minutes. Then drain

Add the buckwheat and red lentils to the pan. Stir well. Add the herbs and spices and continue stirring 

Stir in the beetroot ketchup 

Spoon everything into a mixing bowl and add the flour. Stir together well

Use your hands to gently roll into 4 patties

Warm a tbsp of oil gently in a frying pan. Add the burgers and sear each side (only needs two or three minutes)

Pop onto a baking tray and cook in the oven for 20-30 mins at 160C 

Stack up your burger and enjoy! I served mine with raspberry shake (raspberries / coconut yoghurt and almond milk blitzed in the nutribullet)

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