// Squash & Black Bean Burgers //

Hey guys!

So today’s post is a recipe I found for squash and black bean burgers!
They are cheap, super easy to make, and not at all time consuming, so a winner all round! I like to eat mine with pitta bread, salad and tomatoes, but there is nothing stopping you from eating them in burger buns, or even flatbreads.

Below I take you through the ingredients lists and how you can make them…

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Ingredients list:

550g squash (1 medium butternut squash)
5 Cloves of garlic
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons oil
150g raw cashew nuts
1 x 400g tin of black beans
juice of 1 lemon
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 tablespoon ground cumin
100g breadcrumbs

Method:

Preheat the oven to 180’C/350’F/Gas mark 4.

Peel the squash and scoop out the seeds, chop into bite size pieces, and then put them on a baking tray with the whole garlic cloves and 1/2 teaspoon of salt. To coat, toss them in oil and place in oven for 25 minutes.

Put the cashew nuts onto a separate baking tray and bake them in the oven for 10 minutes, you can time these to finish baking the same time as the squash.

img_2593.jpgWhilst these are both baking, you can drain and rinse the black beans and put them into a big bowl with the juice of the lemon. Here you can also add in the ground coriander.

Once the squash is soft, take the tray out of the oven. You can leave the oven on, if you are baking the burgers straight away, if not turn it off. Squeeze the garlic cloves out of their skins and chop roughly. Chop the roasted cashews up too, into small pieces.
Then if using a bread roll, create your breadcrumbs, either by hand, or you can use a food blender. Skip this step if using bought breadcrumbs.

After you have completed this, add the squash, garlic and cashews to the bowl of black beans, along with the rest of the ingredients; the salt, pepper, ground cumin and breadcrumbs.

Use a potato masher to mash the ingredients in the bowl, until everything is well mixed and has married together. This should take around 5 minutes.

Once all mixed together, you can shape the mixture into 6 burger- shaped patties. Then if you’re ready to bake them, place on a baking tray in the oven for 15 minutes. If you are not baking them straight away, cover them and place in the fridge. These burgers are also suitable for home freezing, so if you know you won’t use all 6, now is the time to place them in a bag or container, to freeze.

IMG_2612Once baked, eat them with whatever you wish! Below is a picture of my finished meal. I also added caramelised onion hummus to the inside of my pitta. But you could try other dips like ketchup and tzataiki.

IMG_2615I hope you enjoyed reading through this, and maybe you’ll make it one of your meals this week! If you do, don’t forget to send me your pictures, I’d love to see what you guys pair it with!

xx, Alanis

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