mexican veggie burgers vegan vegetarian gluten free recipe

Mexican Veggie Burgers

Mexican food is somewhat difficult to find in India. Maybe it’s because the avocados are unpredictable here. The closest thing I’ve found to authentic Mexican food is Chili’s – I’ve never been to the one in Bombay because it’s so far away from where I live, but I have to say the one in Kolkata is pretty good. It’s  one of the things I miss the most about food in America (oh, Chipotle guacamole and huevos rancheros!), so I’ve resorted to making Mexican-inspired dishes at home on a weekly basis. 

mexican veggie burgers vegan vegetarian gluten free recipe
Waiting its turn to be cooked!

I created this recipe for Mexican veggie burgers as an easy dinner – all you need to plan for it is a few ingredients (buy an avocado and soak and cook the rajma or kidney beans) –  you probably have the rest of the ingredients in your pantry. I will admit that the patties themselves are a bit dry on their own, so be sure you pair them with a couple of different dips and sauces. I’ve included asafoetida (aka hing, a common Indian spice) as it aids in the digestion of legumes.  In terms of side dips and sauces, the recipe has two options below: classic pico de gallo and guacamole. If you don’t have help and you’re too lazy to chop onions and tomatoes you can use my lazy guacamole recipe instead! As much as sour cream is yummy, I don’t typically make it at home – I’ve found that greek yogurt is a good switch-in. It isn’t widely available in India but you can make it by hanging regular yogurt in a cheesecloth for a few hours and letting the water drain out. 

mexican veggie burgers vegan vegetarian gluten free recipe

And, the best part is, these burgers are vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, grain-free and paleo! Then you can modify how you serve them depending on your mood – because some days you just need cheese in your life. 

Mexican Veggie Burgers
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Mexican
Serves: Serves 4
 
Gluten-free, grain-free and vegan, these mexican veggie burgers make a great dinner! You can even crumble them and use them as a filling in tacos.
Ingredients
For the patties:
  • 400g cooked pink kidney beans (rajma)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped finely
  • 1 tomato, chopped finely
  • 2 tbsp cilantro, chopped
  • Juice of one lemon
  • ½ tsp red chilli powder or to taste
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • A pinch of asafoetida (hing)
  • ½ tsp salt or to taste
  • 1-2 tbsp breadcrumbs OR 1 egg to bind the patty mixture
  • 1 tbsp olive oil or other vegetable oil to cook
Pico de Gallo:
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 tbsp cilantro, chopped
  • Salt, to taste
Guacamole:
  • 1 avocado
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 1 tbsp cilantro, chopped
  • 1 tbsp jalapenos, chopped (or more if you prefer)
  • Salt, to taste
Instructions
For the patties:
  1. Mash together all the ingredients except the breadcrumbs or egg, until they form a thick mixture. Alternatively, you can blend them together coarsely in a blender/mixer.
  2. If you are using breadcrumbs to bind, plan to do so just before you cook them. While forming the patties from the mixture, sprinkle some on either side of each patty to hold it together.
  3. If you are using an egg to bind, crack it into the mixture and stir to combine.
  4. Cook on medium-low heat for 8-10 minutes, turning the patties halfway.
  5. Serve with pico de gallo and guacamole.
Pico de Gallo:
  1. Mix all the ingredients together.
Guacamole:
  1. Mash all the ingredients together.
  2. Serve immediately to prevent the avocado from oxidizing.

We ate the Mexican veggie burgers with some cheese and sautéed vegetables for dinner. You can even crumble them and use them as a taco filling, or put it between two slices of bread and make a real burger!

If you have any particular dish or recipe requests, let me know in the comments below and I’d be happy to come up with something healthy and delicious!

mexican veggie burgers vegan vegetarian gluten free recipe

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