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Week 7: Bean and Bulgar Wheat Burgers

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We aren't very adventurous with our carbs, mainly sticking to pasta or rice. We don't eat potatoes very often but we sometimes have sweet potatoes. I was looking for a recipe to use bulgar wheat and found a recipe on the BBC Good Food website.

I followed the recipe reasonably closely, reducing the quantities because I was only cooking for 2. I cooked the beans last night, starting with soaking 100g of dried beans in boiling water:

  • Simmer the beans for 5 minutes. Drain.

  • Cook for 10 minutes in a pressure cooker. Leave to cook.

To make the burgers:

  • Finely chop 1 red onion and 1 clove of garlic (or cheat and use a food processor - chop but not purée).

  • Fry the garlic and onion until soft.

  • Simmer 25g of bulgar wheat for 5-10 minutes until soft. Drain.

  • Stir in the spices (1-2 tsp of whatever you fancy) and add the cooked onion and garlic.

  • Use the food processor to mash up the cooked beans and add to the mixture.

  • If the mixture is a bit soft, add some breadcrumbs.

  • Shape into burgers. Fry in a little oil for 5 minutes per side.

Since the burgers were a replacement for both meat and carbs, we served them with some pesto vegetables: onion, leek and courgette, sliced and fried, then mixed with red pesto.

Bean and Bulgar Wheat Burgers with pesto vegetables