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Ginger-chilli sweet potato and almond burgers

These homemade burger patties will convince you to bypass the supermarket variety!
Vegan and gluten free.
Makes enough burger patties to serve four if paired with bread rolls or other sides.

Food processor preferable but not essential (see note below).
Allow at least one hour for the burger mix to chill before cooking.

Author: Bite-Sized Thoughts

Original post (with pictures) here.

Ingredients:
1/2 cup whole natural almonds (see note below)
1/2 cup cooked and mashed sweet potato (equivalent to approximately 1 cup pieces pre-mashing)
1 small brown onion, diced
1 medium carrot, grated
1 medium courgette, grated
1/3 cup besan (chickpea) flour, or other flour of choice
1/4 cup sweet chilli sauce, or homemade equivalent
2 to 3cm piece of fresh ginger, finely grated
2 to 3 tbsp chopped fresh parsley

Oil, if needed, for cooking

Method:

1. In a food processor or high-powered blender, ground your almonds until they resemble a course flour. Note. If you don't have a food processor / blender, you can buy pre-ground almonds or use almond meal instead. I would estimate needing 1/4 cup if taking that route, but haven't tested it myself.
2. In a large bowl, combine the ground almonds, mashed sweet potato, diced onion, grated carrot and courgette, besan flour, sweet chilli sauce, grated ginger, and chopped parsley. Mix well. Allow to stand in the fridge for at least one hour.
3. After an hour, stir the mixture again and add a little more flour if it seems too moist or a little water if it seems too dry (the moisture level will vary according to the size of your carrot and courgette). The mix should be thick enough to be shaped into burger patties.
4. Preheat your oven to 160'C (320'F) and heat a non-stick pan on the stove top, spraying with oil if needed. Shape the burger mix into patties of your desired size and cook on the stove top in batches for several minutes on each side, until just browned and slightly crispy. Once patties are cooked, transfer to a baking tray and place in the oven to while the remaining patties are cooked.
5. After all patties have been cooked, allow them to continue crisping up in the oven for an additional 10 to 15 minutes.
6. Serve in a burger bun with salad, or as an addition to other sides of your choice.
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