BUG BURGER


This bean and bug based burger is perfect for your BBQ or a just quick and easy dinner. The mealworms, black beans and oats pack it full of fibre and protein – creating that proper meaty look and a delicious dense bite you don’t always get from meat-free burgers.

Serves: 2-4 Patties

Time: 30mins


INGREDIENTS


Dried Mealworms - 40g

Smoked Paprika - 2g

Tamari Soy Sauce - 10ml

Vegan Smokey Bacon Seasoning - 10g

Oats - 50g

Black Beans - 1 tin

Garlic - 1 clove

Spring Onions - 2

Ketchup - 1tbsp

Burger Buns - 2-4


Toppings:

Cheese

Lettuce

Tomato

Gherkins


Special Sauce:

Ketchup - 1tbsp Mayonnaise - 1tbsp Dijon Mustard - 1tsp



METHOD


1. MAKE BURGER MIXTURE | 10mins

  • If baking the burgers preheat oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7.

  • Add the mealworms and oats to the food processor and blend to breadcrumb consistency.

  • Add the garlic and spring onions and pulse till chopped.

  • Add the spices, soy sauce and ketchup, along with half of the black beans and blend to a paste.


2. FORM PATTIES | 5mins

  • Tip the burger mixture into a bowl and add the remaining black beans and a sprinkle of salt and pepper and mix.

  • Split the mixture into 2 balls if you like your burgers thick, or 4 balls if you prefer thinner patties.

  • Flatten the balls with a spatula to form the patties.


3. BAKE, FRY OR BBQ | 10mins - 15mins

  • If baking: stick the patties in the oven for 10-15mins until cooked. Flip them about halfway in to cook evenly. If frying: drizzle a little oil in a pan on a medium heat and fry for 5-6mins each side. If BBQing: stick them straight on the barbie for 5-6mins each side.

  • If you're feeling naughty, slap on a slice of cheese a couple of minutes before cooked.


4. BUILD THE BURGER | 3mins

  • Make the special burger sauce - just add all the ingredients and mix until combined.

  • Build the burger with your choice of toppings, we went for spicy cheddar, lettuce, tomato, gherkins in a brioche bun.

  • Serve with a side of your choice, a fresh salad or some cheeky chips would be heavenly.

Pick up your own insects and get cooking!

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