Okay, one ‘meh’, one success – this could go either way, right? Experiment the third: korma bean burgers.
I didn’t get ’round to blogging about it, but I actually made bean burgers a month or two ago. They were nice enough. These, however… new favourite! 🙂 And simpler than the ingredients might make it look: the potato, lettuce, carrot, mayo and cider are all for side dishes. Not pictured: egg(s).
Making them was a little more convoluted than the previous recipes, and it was marked ‘medium’ (I think). To be honest, this is the point where I think the instructions were a bit less than ideal. We get a whole step on how to make a salad (strips of carrot, really?), whereas there’s one line on ‘cut the potatoes into wedges’ – that’s not actually as obvious for some as you might think, if you’ve never done it before. Also, in my experience, they take a lot longer to cook than the recipe says, but it’s so very very dependent on how thick you’ve made them. Not even mentioned, argh!
The burgers themselves are a mix of whole and mashed beans, breadcrumbs, curry paste, and egg to bind. I am sooo customising this going forward. Add finely chopped onion, peppers, any veg! Swap curry for… I dunno, tomato? Harissa? Options!!
I did stick to the recipe this time, though – well, apart from frying an egg to top the burger. I ate it later instead 😉 And I upped the salad game a bit, too. You can’t see the curry mayo in the pic below, but it was surprisingly good – I did wonder about more curry and how strong it would be, but the korma paste provided was very mild. The burger buns were really nice, too.
As the minimum portion is for 2 people and I’m cooking for one, what to do with the ‘spare’ burger (or 2, you could easily have split the patty into 3)? Well, I cooked both more or less as per instructions (they held together really really well, I was very chuffed!) – 5-10 minutes in the pan and more like 20 in the oven – and I think you could have frozen the burger after either stage. I went with refrigeration overnight, and reheated it the following day for 10 minutes in the oven. Was still delicious!
Overall, then: 8.5/10. Higher for taste and joy of finding a recipe I will customise over and over, but the recipe card was a bit on the poor side. Well, I say that – you’ll see there’s no comparison shot in the photo, and that’d be down to the card not being included in my box. Thankfully they are online, but it was a little more awkward.