Baked Veggie Burger Buffet - Sweet Potato, Black Beans and Chick Peas, anyone?

On lazy evenings, we often pull out just about any immediately edible stuff from the fridge, put it all on the dinner table and everyone can have whatever he feels like. That can be anything from a salad, over raw vegetables in a dip (hummus, etc. ) to a cheese or ham sandwich. Fresh bread is a very important part in this and whoever comes home last on that evening, must bring fresh bread on the way.
Now that we are heading towards winter, some warm food is more appreciated and I found baked veggie burgers very useful, as the patties can be prepared in advance and you just throw them in the oven before mealtime. I guess you can even pre-bake them and then just heat them up in the microwave though I have never tried this.
We started this off with falafel (chick pea burgers) to whom I have dedicated a post some months ago. To give it a bit more of variety, I have tried sweet potato burgers and bean burgers too. They make a lovely variety in tastes and are good just with salad and a dip, if the bread has been forgotten on the way in......



Sweet Potato Burger
1 big  sweet potato
2-3 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoons ground coriander
1 clove garlic, minced or pressed
1/8 - 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (to taste)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup minced parsley
juice of 1 lemon
1/2 cup chickpea flour or besan
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
sesame seeds (optional)

Kidney Bean Burger  
1 can kidney beans, drained and rinsed (or black beans)
1/2 green bell pepper, cut into 2 inch pieces 
1/2 onion, cut into wedges 
3 cloves garlic, peeled 
1 egg 
1 tablespoon chili powder 
1 tablespoon cumin 
1/2 cup bread crumbs
Chick Pea Burger - Falafel 
 200g dry chick peas (or 1 can of chick peas)
1 onion
4 cloves of garlic
1 handful of parsley or coriander
2 teaspoons ground coriander seeds
2 teaspoons ground cumin seeds
salt and pepper
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 tablespoons flour

Serves 6-8
Sweet Potato Preparation
Microwave whole sweet potato until tender. Alternatively, you can steam the sweet potato by cutting it in 1-inch slices (peel still on) before and then steam until tender (about 5 minutes). Set aside to cool until easy to handle; peel and place in a large bowl.
Preheat oven to 200C. Mash sweet potatoes well with a fork. Mix in cumin, coriander, parsley, garlic, salt pepper and lemon juice and stir well. In a separate bowl, combine chickpea flour with baking powder. Add it little by little to the sweet potato mixture until well combined. Batter should be thick. Add chickpea flour a tablespoon at a time if batter seems to liquid. Form patties out of the dough.

Kidney Bean Burger Preparation
Combine beans, chopped bell pepper, onion and garlic in a food processor. Pulse a few times until roughly mashed. In a small bowl, stir together egg, chili powder, and cumin.
Stir the egg mixture into the mashed beans. Mix in bread crumbs until the mixture is sticky and holds together. Divide mixture into four patties.

Chick Pea Burgers Preparation
Soak the chick peas in lots of water overnight or for at least 8 hours.
Drain the chick peas. If you use tinned chick peas, drain and rinse. Peel the onions and garlic and cut them into chunks. Wash the parsley/coriander and pull of the leaves. Blend raw chick peas (or tinned chick peas), onions, garlic and herbs in a food processor.
Season the pureed chick peas with the ground coriander, cumin, salt and pepper according to taste. Knead flour and baking powder into the mixture. Form little patties out of the dough.

Baking the Burgers

Preheat oven to 220C. Place patties on baking sheet, and bake about 10 minutes on each side.
Serve hot on whole meal buns or wholewheat tortillas. Garnish with tomato and cucumber salad. Any yogurt based dressing will go well on top or as a dip to freshen up the burgers.

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