Veggie burgers are a thing. You can buy them in the supermarket, they are served in restaurants and you’re not a real food blogger if you haven’t cooked or at least tasted them… So here I go.
I decided to go for zucchini as it’s an easy vegetable. Some sort of cream was needed so I used cottage cheese: such good memories pop up with that taste. And then, because I figured it needed something else, I decided to add sweet chilli sauce. And it was quite tasty! And that for only €0,60 per person…
Cottage cheese in Sydney
First of all let me explain the cottage cheese memories. When I was abroad in Sydney I spent my first few days in a hostel as I didn’t have a place to stay yet. My father booked the hostel and because he was so scared of seeing his little girl fly to – literally – the other side of the world he chose quite a nice hostel too.
Unfortunately this meant that it was mainly families or “wealthier” travellers that stayed there. I tried to speak to people but no one seemed up for a chat, making my first days a bit lonely.
But then I met a German guy when I was cooking. To be completely honest we didn’t have the greatest click, we were quite different and had many awkward silences, but both of us were just really happy to have someone to talk to. So the next day we went to see Bondi Beach together, and by now you’re probably wondering where the cottage cheese is in this story so I’ll just explain quickly now.
We walked along the Bondi to Coogee route for quite a bit, and I was still jet-lagged and we were quite tired so we decided to stop for a break. The guy (sorry I don’t even know his name!) brought a bag of carrots, pieces of cucumber and we dipped those in a cup of cottage cheese. I looked around and saw this beautiful surrounding of trees and a beach and little houses and I could smell the sea in the air and it was one of the first real memories of my time there.
I learned a lot, but next time I’d like to share the experience!
Zucchini veggie burgers
Okay, enough story telling! Now I’ll share with you the actual recipe.
This recipe was enough for 4 burgers, which feeds 2 people. I added some potatoes and beans to make it a meal. The burgers were still quite soggy and sort of falling apart, so if I would cook this again I’d add more dry ingredients or more egg. I don’t know. Anyone have any tips?
The burgers being soggy wasn’t a bad thing at all: it just makes it harder to put them on a plate while still looking like a burger!
By the way: this recipe is great for a budget challenge! Only €1,20 for the burgers, which means €0,30 per burger!
- Zucchini, 1 piece
- Onion, 1 red
- Egg, 1 large
- Cottage cheese, 3 spoonfuls
- Grated cheese, 1 spoonful
- Sweet chilli sauce, 1 spoonful
- Salt and pepper
- Start by grating the zucchini. The easiest way to do so is by using a food processor but you can also do it by hand. Place this in a bowl with sheets of kitchen paper to soak up the liquid.
- Grate the onion as well and add this to the mixture.
- Try to get out as much water as possible, by firmly pressing it between sheets of kitchen paper.
- Add the cottage cheese, egg, sweet chilli sauce and salt and pepper to the mixture.
- Now add the grated cheese and mix through.
- Start adding bread crumbs to make it more like a burger mixture: in the end you'll want it to be moist but firm.
- Place some flour in a deep plate and form burgers of the mixture.
- Place both of the sides of the burger in the flour and then place the burger in a preheated pan with some olive oil.
- Cook on both sides for about 4 minutes in total, and you're ready to serve!
- They taste great with some more sweet chilli sauce on the side.
- Serve this with some fish and potatoes or rice as a complete meal.
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