Thursday, 27 September 2012

Brown rice and adzuki bean burgers with avocado mayo

The weather is warming up and it is heading into BBQ season. I love a good BBQ, such a good excuse to gather a group of friends for delicious food. Traditionally a BBQ is not always vegetarian friendly but there are so many ways to make a great vegetarian BBQ beyond the packaged "sausages". Some great vegetarian BBQ options can simply include veggies of any variety either just sliced and chucked on the hot plate or made into skewers with some kind of delicious sauce. For something "meaty" there are lots of premade veggie sausages or burgers available but nothing beats homemade. Here is a version that is easy to throw together with a bit of forethought. The avocado mayo really makes these burgers and takes less the a minute to make so is really worth the effort.

Brown rice and adzuki bean burgers (makes 6)
1 cup brown rice
1 cup adzuki beans
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp coriander
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp tamari (soya sauce)

Soak the brown rice and adzuki beans overnight. The next day rinse well and place in separate saucepans and cover with  2 cups of water each.  Bring both pots to the boil and then reduce to a simmer until the beans and rice are cooked. Drain and allow to cool slightly.  Place beans and rice and the rest of the ingredients in a food processor and blend until well combined. If you don't have a food processor you can mix it all up in a bowl, get your hands in there and "kneed" the mixture together so the patties will hold together. 
Place mixture in the fridge until nice and cold, this will make it easier to form the patties. Take a couple of tablespoons and form the mixture into a burger shape. Heat a little oil in a frying pan or your BBQ. Place the burger on the heat and allow it to cook on each side until crispy. You don't have to worry about it cook through as it is already cooked it just needs to be warm.

Avocado mayo
2 medium sized avocado
4 tsp Dijon mustard
4 tsp flax seed oil (or olive oil)
salt and pepper

Take your avocado and peel it and remove the seed. Place the avocado, mustard, flax seed and salt and pepper in a blender and blend until smooth.  Taste for seasoning, and adjust if needed.

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