Veggie burgers: sweet chilli and zucchini | budget-proof challenge

zucchini burger

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.

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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.

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 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 veggie burgers
Serves 2
Guilt free burgers made out of zucchini, yumm!
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. Zucchini, 1 piece
  2. Onion, 1 red
  3. Egg, 1 large
  4. Cottage cheese, 3 spoonfuls
  5. Grated cheese, 1 spoonful
  6. Sweet chilli sauce, 1 spoonful
  7. Bread-crumbs
  8. Flour
  9. Salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. 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.
  2. Grate the onion as well and add this to the mixture.
  3. Try to get out as much water as possible, by firmly pressing it between sheets of kitchen paper.
  4. Add the cottage cheese, egg, sweet chilli sauce and salt and pepper to the mixture.
  5. Now add the grated cheese and mix through.
  6. Start adding bread crumbs to make it more like a burger mixture: in the end you'll want it to be moist but firm.
  7. Place some flour in a deep plate and form burgers of the mixture.
  8. Place both of the sides of the burger in the flour and then place the burger in a preheated pan with some olive oil.
  9. Cook on both sides for about 4 minutes in total, and you're ready to serve!
  10. They taste great with some more sweet chilli sauce on the side.
Notes
  1. Serve this with some fish and potatoes or rice as a complete meal.
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Yaasss, another budget proof recipe guys! I personally looove these veggie burgers.. What about you?

See you tomorrow, I know I’ll be here! Leave a comment if you like, I always enjoy reading them and discovering new blogs like mine.
Viv

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6 thoughts on “Veggie burgers: sweet chilli and zucchini | budget-proof challenge

  1. Oh no! When I read, “enough storytelling,” I got all sad. I was just getting into your story… 🙂 Looking forward to hearing about the rest of your adventures (and maybe the rest of that day) in future posts. Btw, it was so nice of your dad to book you in a good hostel. It must’ve been very hard for him to see you go. <3 Meanwhile, love that you made a budget-friendly veggie burger recipe! All of the ingredients are so simple and sound incredibly delicious. Hugs!

    1. Aww, you are too kind! I wanted to share that story but by the time I finished it was like a big pile of unfinished stories… Anyway, it’s nice to know you enjoy them! I try to keep the recipe part story free so that people can just scroll past the blabla if they want 😀

      It was really hard for my dad: my mom told me he kept saying he felt like he was missing a rib close to his heart after I left! How cute. I really rely on my dad for almost anything even now that I’m living on my own because his work is close by where I live (and he is quite handy and I’m not…. DAD! I have a flat tire!), so it was really weird for both of us to be separated by so much distance.

      Thank you for staying up to date with my blog Demeter. I really appreciate it: I try to do this whole blogging thing for myself but I have to admit I get so happy when I see someone is actually reading it! And I love connecting with you and other like-minded folks.

      To blog buddies! xx

  2. Veggie burgers are totally a thing… a VERY VERY good thing! Loving these, girlfriend! Sweet chili and zucchini?! Sign me up for this deliciousness! Cheers and thanks for sharing the YUM!
    P.S. Super sweet of your dad to find a hostel for you! I’d be too scared to find my own ever since seeing that movie. 😉

    1. I know right! At first I found myself thinking that veggie burgers were a weird invention until I tried one… Yumm! There’s this concept in the Netherlands that’s called the “Dutch Weed Burger”: it’s made from seaweed, and it’s soooo good…. Which inspired me to try and cook a veggie burger myself!

      I know, my dad is really sweet. I’m lucky!
      Thanks for coming over, and for your sweet comment!

  3. I love this veggie burger! I actually haven’t made a zucchini patty like this! I love the cottage cheese! I have made a chickpea burger and edamame burger .. i was trying to figure out how to make vegan burgers .. but it was too hard. . you need the egg!! Thank you for stopping by my blog! so nice to meet you and your blog, Vivian!

    1. Thank you for your kind reply!
      I would definitely recommend this, as I mentioned they are sort of soft but that doesn’t make them any less tasty! I love edamame, do you have the recipe for that? Would be so cool to try!

      Nice to meet you too Alice! Thanks for stopping by!

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