Hello lovely Veggie Mama readers! I’m Serena from Pretty Fluffy and I’m so thrilled to be here today with you all.
I have to start by admitting my secret shame. I’m a terrible vegetarian. After 4 years, I still miss hot chicken rolls with gravy, Tofu scares me a little, and I once bought a junior burger sans meat patty from McDonalds because I missed the taste of the buns. But – I love animals so I’m here to stay on the veggie train.
Thankfully I stumbled on to this gem of a blog here and The Veggie Mama has since become my go to guide when I want to try something new, tasty and meat free!
However back to me being a terrible vegetarian – one of the biggest things that I missed was a naughty burger and fries. I actually never really loved the meat patty, for me it was all about the ketchup, the cheese and the grilled bun. Now I know there are a million and one healthy veggie patty burger recipes out there, but my take today is a simple and easy spin on the vegetarian burger. Seriously, this combo couldn’t be easier to make. No avocado, no sweet chilli sauce, no chia or flaxseed…nothing fancy. For me it’s all about replicating that sweet take-away shop burger feel without the meaty bits. Here we go!
1 x Bagel
Tomato Sauce & Mustard
1. Tear a few strips of lettuce, slice your tomato & pickles and set aside.
2. Slice your bagel in half and pop in the oven (or toaster if you have a fancy one that fits bagels without the fire department being called)
3. Slice the Haloumi about 1-2cm thick lengthways and grill in a non-stick pan until golden on each side.
4. Pop your cooked Haloumi on the bagel, along with lettuce, tomato and pickles with tomato sauce and mustard to taste.
** I sometimes make this into more of an Aussie Burger by adding a fried egg and beetroot instead of the pickles, and BBQ sauce instead of tomato sauce and mustard.
BEER BATTERED ONION RINGS
1 x Onion
½ Cup Plain Flour
¼ Teaspoon (dash) of Baking Powder
Bottle of beer
500ml Vegetable Oil
1. Peel and slice your onion into large rings. Set aside.
2. Combine the flour and baking powder in a medium sized bowl. Add your beer slowly until the mixture forms a batter consistency.
3. Find someone to drink the rest of the beer.
4. Heat the oil in a large saucepan. You can test the heat by dropping in a small spoonful of batter – if it bubbles and turns golden you’re good to go.
5. One by one dip your onion rings into the batter evenly coating them and then drop them gently into the hot oil. Scoop them out when they become golden and crisp then place on paper towels to drain. Season with sea salt and serve!
That’s it! An easy peasy burger combo you can whip up in no time at all. Thanks so much for having me stop by today Stacey!