We have teamed up with The Happy Pear to bring you a mouthwatering gluten-free veggie burger.
-zest of 1 Lemon
-2 teaspoons sumac (paprika is also fine if you don't have sumac)
-leaves from 7 sprigs of fresh thyme
-1 red onion
-1 medium butternut squash
-1 x 400g tin of butter beans
-1 teaspoon salt
-3 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
-2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
-8 sun-dried tomatoes
-1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
-1 tablespoon lemon juice
-1 small clove of garlic
-2 tablespoons olive oil
-1/2 teaspoon salt
Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/gas mark 6.
Put the quinoa, water, lemon zest, sumac and thyme into a medium pan. Bring to the boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook, covered, until all the water is absorbed. Set aside.
Peel the red onion and slice into half-moons. Peel and halve the butternut squash, take the seeds out, and roughly chop the flesh. Drain the butter beans and rinse thoroughly.
Put the sliced onions into a bowl and add 2 teaspoons of balsamic vinegar. Transfer them to one end of a lined baking tray, with the butternut squash at the other (or use 2 baking trays). Roast in the oven for 30 minutes. Leave the oven on, as you will need it later.
Put half the quinoa mixture into a large bowl and add half the butter beans, the roasted red onions and the parsley. Mix well together. Put the other half of the quinoa and butter beans into a food processor and add the sun-dried tomatoes, roasted squash, sesame seeds, lemon juice, peeled garlic, olive oil, salt and the remaining teaspoon of balsamic vinegar. Blend until smooth. (If you don't have a food processor, simply chop the sun-dried tomatoes and garlic and use a potato masher to mash it all together.
Add the blended mixture to the bowl of quinoa and mix well. Shape into burger shaped patties, using your hands. At this stage the mixture should feel wet, but it will solidify once baked. Put the burgers on a baking tray lined with baking parchment and roast in the oven for 35 minutes.
Serve topped with slices of ripe avocado, and with hummus or harissa alongside.
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