These yummy protein-rich veggie patties are extremely nutritious, just by eating them you will feel healthier! I love making these when I feel light a light, meat free meal. The combination of black beans and seeds ensures you get all essential amino acids, making these patties high in protein. Black beans are also high in fiber, which supports the movement of food through the digestive system. Pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds contain an array of nutrients together such as zinc, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, manganese, copper, vitamin E, B vitamins, they also provide antioxidant support and much more.
Over the years I have made these for my partner and friends who have devoured them, they have always been a hit! They are a great vegetarian option to meat patties and always satisfy the taste buds. Another bonus is they are super easy and simple to make, you pretty much throw the ingredients together in a food processor, blitz it up, form them into patties, then pop them into the oven to cook. They are delicious hot or cold, and can be served alongside a fresh salad, in burger buns or stuffed into lettuce wraps for a gluten free option. They also freeze well, so if you don’t finish them all you could easily store them in a sealed container in the freezer.
For the patties
• 1 can black beans, drained
• ½ cup pumpkin seeds
• ½ cup sunflower seeds
• 1 medium carrot, grated
• 2 zucchinis, grated
• 1 onion, finely chopped
• 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
• 1 egg
• 1/2 cup brown rice flour
• 1 teaspoon chili powder
• Salt and pepper
• Olive oil for baking paper
• Fancy lettuce
• ½ cucumber, chopped
• 1 avocado, chopped
• Drizzle of olive oil
• Slices of tomato
• Burger buns or lettuce wraps
1. Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees.
2. Add seeds to food processor and pulse until finely chopped. Add 1/2 of the black beans into a food processor with all other ingredients and pulse until well combined, but still slightly chunky. Stir in remaining beans.
3. Roll into approximately 9 patties.
4. Line a baking tray with baking paper, brush or drizzle with olive oil.
5. Place patties onto the baking tray and bake for 30 minutes until golden and crispy.
6. Enjoy alongside a fresh salad, or in burger bun/lettuce wrap.
Recipe by Natalie Brady, from Natalie Brady Nutrition ©