Eggless, mushroom and quinoa vegetarian burger

6 Jan

My boy turns three soon and I have been racking my brain for where to take him on his birthday. In fact he will have two days out, one on his birthday with me and one we will all have as a family when his dad returns from Germany. The problem is that the bar is set quite high. Already at three he has had two international holidays and eats out most weekends. Our pre-nursery school days together have been filled with visits to the farm, aerodrome, and kids swimming centre, London markets, butterfly world and the zoo for which we have passes. He’s been to the space centre, IMAX, national history and science museums as well as the aquarium and let’s not touch on the topic of soft play centres or rainforest café-all done. I know there is an element of spoiling him here but the truth is that I am indulging myself in his childhood.

mushroom quinoa burger by Deena kakaya

Turning three is a big deal. It is the birthday before nursery school and now that he has his place we are frequently talking about how exciting that will be. After he is three he will have birthday parties too, with his friends in attendance. Up until now, I have steered away from hosting parties for him as I didn’t want to overshadow the special feelings with the complexities that grown-ups bring to parties. It will all be different next year.

The trouble is that these excursions aren’t cheap and are often sinful for the vegetarian tummy. These days I have been looking out for ideas like the RAF museum in Hendon, which in my opinion is little talked about but utterly impressive (I am not being paid or sponsored to write this). It is a little boy’s paradise with planes hanging off the ceiling and a few accessible for entranced exploration. There were old planes and newer planes and the whole place reminded me of that film, ‘a night at the museum’. We worked up an appetite walking around several buildings full of planes and at lunchtime I ordered from the on-site restaurant a vegetarian burger and some chips for the boy; something I said I would never do (before I had him). The problem was that there was no vegetarian alternative and normally I take his food with us, but it was post-Christmas. Anyway, my burger was a couple of baps with some grilled peppers and courgette tumbling out of it. I could spiral into a discussion about why restaurants don’t do vegetarian food so well, but that would be repetitive wouldn’t it.

The next day, we had another excursion planned with my boy’s cousin, to the national history museum in Tring. This time, I made burgers.

mushroom quinoa burger by Deena kakaya

Now, I have tried innumerate versions of the veggie burger but none have made it onto the blog. Is a burger, ‘special’ enough to blog about? Besides, many of the iterations felt either too; wet, or eggy, dry and crumbly, or just doughy. I simply wanted a burger that’s lean and an option for healthy vegetarian eating but I have been mindful about retaining the moisture and of course it has to have a crisp exterior. Otherwise what would be the point? I like colour and depth and succulence, as all burger lovers do. I am particularly pleased with recipe because I have managed to pack in some quinoa and even some iron-level boosting dried apricots. So, I am sharing with you this burger recipe because it really does the job.

for the full recipe head over to great british chefs

11 Responses to “Eggless, mushroom and quinoa vegetarian burger”

  1. Deb|EastofEdenCooking January 6, 2015 at 5:09 pm #

    I want to visit England and tag along with you as a guide! Instead I’ll have try the wonderful Vegetarian Burger, served California style, atop a huge salad!

    • Deena Kakaya January 14, 2015 at 3:17 pm #

      Ha! I would Love to be your guide Deb! Huge salad with chips on the side ( have to let loose the British side too) x

  2. Gouri January 6, 2015 at 5:25 pm #

    wow Deena that looks amazing!! I must come for your next cookery class!

  3. Joanne January 13, 2015 at 1:13 pm #

    Aww happy birthday to the little one! I always love a good veggie burger…and these sound great!

  4. Sadia Mohamed January 14, 2015 at 12:48 pm #

    I love this burger! Soo healthy! Lovely photographs. 🙂

    • Deena Kakaya January 14, 2015 at 3:16 pm #

      Thanks so much Sadia, having a healthy main meal makes me feel less guilty about joining my toddler with the chocolaye cornflakes x

  5. Sally January 14, 2015 at 1:08 pm #

    It IS hard to make a good veggie burger – I know I’ve tried many times for veggie teen. Have a lovely birthday celebration with your young lad.

    • Deena Kakaya January 14, 2015 at 3:15 pm #

      Thank you Sally, hope your teen is happy with this one x

  6. Rosana, Hot&Chilli Food and Travel Blog January 16, 2015 at 8:47 pm #

    I love the look of this recipe. Nice touch of chilli – makes me happy.
    Hope you are well x

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