Spicy Bean Burger
Inspired by Childhood memories of a Wimpy Spicy Bean Burger.
- White beans - 1 tin
- Kidney beans - 1 to 2 tins equal weight to white beans
- Sweet potato - 1
- Red pepper - 1
- canned sweetcorn - 1 tin
- spring onions - 3
- paprika powder - 1 to 2 teaspoons
- herb salt - 1 teaspoon
- white pepper - 1/2 teaspoon
- chilli powder - 1/2 to 1 teaspoon
- jalapenos (optional) - 1 to 2 teaspoons
- breadcrumbs - 1/2 to 1 cup
- polenta - 1 cup
- To Serve
- Sliced cheese
- ketchup or Jack daniels bbq sauce
- burger rolls
1. Peel the sweet potato and chop into large pieces and boil for 20 minutes.
2. Drain the tins of beans and blend in a food processor.
3. Chop the red pepper and spring onions into small pieces. Drain the tin of sweetcorn.
4. When the sweet potato is smooth. Drain and put into food processor with the beans and blend to combine.
5. In a separate bowl mix the chopped vegetables and blended beans and potato. Add the spices. You can taste the mixture to check the heat. Mix well add enough breadcrumbs until the mix is at the right consistency to make into burgers.
6. Dip in a bowl of polenta and pat so that you get an even coating.
7. Fry in a little oil on a medium heat.
8. When the first side is ready flip the burger. Fry for a couple of minutes and then add the sliced cheese to the top of the burger. Cover the pan with a lid to help the cheese melt.
9. When the cheese is melted serve in a burger roll with salad and ketchup.
This is one of the foods I miss the most from my teenage years the Spicy Bean Burger from Wimpy. A number of my school friends were vegetarian and Wimpy was our fast food of choice due to the wonder that was a spicy bean burger. Wimpy was the UK version of McDonalds, but not as successful, there are still a few of the stores left but not anywhere near where I visit.
I have been trying to find on the web whether anyone has managed to crack the recipe for the original version. They haven’t. This recipe isn’t the original either. But it comes very close I hope you enjoy it too. On the Wimpy website it says that the Burger is a combination of cannellini and red kidney beans with a mixture of vegetables and spices. As I love sweet potato I have used some of that and a German tin of Soup beans which comes with carrots, beans and leaks which all sound good. Hope you like this attempt. If you have some suggestions for improvements let me know.
This burger is a great choice for a vegetarian at a BBQ. I like it so much as a meat eater I would still choose it. It is great with melted cheese on top and some lettuce, tomato, sliced red onion and salsa or ketchup. Yummy!
As I had a large tin of beans I managed to make 14 burgers. They keep extremely well in the freezer. Just wrap them in greaseproof paper and seal in a freezer bag. Leave to defrost before cooking.Add to Favourites