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Vegetarian Burgers

Serves 6
By Shalindri Mendis, Holy Family Convent, Colombo

You will need:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 small capsicum, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 cup stale breadcrumbs
  • ½ cup tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 600g kidney beans, boiled
  • Hamburger buns
  • Lettuce leaves
  • Sliced tomato
  • Sliced red onions


  1. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large pan. Add onion, capsicum and garlic. Cook, stirring, until onion has softened.
  2. Blend or process beans until finely chopped. Transfer to a large bowl. Add onion mixture,
    breadcrumbs, tomato paste, and rosemary. Mix well. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Roll a third of the bean mixture in to a ball. Place on to a greased oven tray. Flatten ball to make a 1cm thick patty. Repeat with remaining bean mixture. Brush patties with extra olive oil.
  4. Bake patties in an oven at 200ºC for about 20 minutes, or until patties have browned.
  5. Sandwich patties between split, toasted hamburger buns with lettuce, tomato, and onion.


  • If you don't have rosemary, use curry leaves instead.
  • Margarine or any cooking oil can be used instead of olive oil.
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