As a family who doesn’t eat meat, we have tried all sorts of plant based recipes for burgers or meatballs using beans, chickpeas, lentils, soya mince, oats, mushrooms and many more interesting ingredients. Some have been lovely, while others less so. This recipe was inspired by Love Homestyle Vegan, then tweaked after several versions in order to get the perfect flavour and consistency.
It makes a decent portion, which can be shaped as required and placed in the freezer if needed.
Best Ever Vegan Meatballs or Burgers
Makes 20 golf ball sized meatballs plus 5 large burgers
3 cups dry soya mince
2/3 of a cup rolled oats
1 onion, very finely chopped
3 tbsp fresh parsley, very finely chopped
2tsp dried oregano
2tsp Italian herb blend
2tsp onion powder
2tsp mustard powder
4tsp smoked paprika
4tsp vegetable stock powder
2tsp beetroot powder (not essential)
3 cups of boiling water
4tbsp tamari sauce (or coconut aminos)
3 heaped tbsp roasted almond butter (or any smooth nut butter)
1/2 a cup wholemeal all purpose flour
3tbsp nutritional yeast
Salt to taste
🌿 Place the first 14 ingredients in a large bowl and mix well.
🌿 Put a plate over the bowl to keep steam in and let mixture rest and absorb the flavours for at least 20 minutes.
🌿 Add the almond butter and mix it in, then add the nutritional yeast.
🌿 Start adding the flour little by little, while mixing with your hands. It should be sticky, but it will come together much like regular minced meat. Try not to add too much flour. Wash your hands.
🌿 If needed, add salt to taste.
🌿 Line a large tray with parchment paper and a little flour and set aside.
🌿 Flour your hands and shape the mixture to your requirements.
🌿 Place in the fridge until ready to cook. Alternatively, you can freeze for a later date.
These can be baked or fried.
I usually shallow fry them in a pan over medium high heat with a spray of olive oil until they brown nicely on each side. Then I place them on a cloth to get rid of any moisture. Once they are cooked, you can plunge them in a tomato sauce to have with pasta as shown, or just squeeze some fresh lemon and serve. Burgers are wonderful plain, or in a bun with all the trimmings. The choices are endless!