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Chocolate Bean Burgers To Go – With Hot Chilli Sauce

 To call these vegetarian patties, chocolate burgers, is perhaps a bit of a misnomer. Leftover burgers would be a more apt name. It was hot, I wanted to eat something with salad and there were a few things in the fridge that needed using up. I’ve never added chocolate to burgers before, but if it works in chilli as it did in these falafels, I reasoned, so why not with burgers?
 

One of the things that needed using up was the last remaining bunch of scapes.  In case you are wondering, scapes are the unopened flowering tops of garlic. It is best to pick these off the growing plants to allow energy to concentrate in the bulb rather than the flower. This is good news as it means we have garlic to eat before it’s actually time to harvest the crop. They taste mild and fresh and I’ve been slicing them up and cooking them in any number of dishes. Spring onions, wild garlic or leeks would all make good substitutes.

Both CT and I like a bit of chilli with our burgers and normally I would add some to the mix. However, I’d been sent three mini trial pots of Rugeroni’s chilli relishes to try out and reasoned that they would be just the right thing to accompany the burgers. The relishes are made to an ancient and secret family recipe that has travelled from Italy to Argentina and now to England. All contain chilli, garlic, tomato, olive oil and various herbs including oregano. With their beautiful dark red colour, they are visually very pleasing. The rich umami scent emanating from the newly opened jars made me feel incredibly hungry. As the name relish implies, these are not smooth sauces, but have a slightly chunky texture and include the chilli seeds. All of them are fresh tasting, very lively on the palate and a great hit with both of us.

Original Chilli & Garlic is hot, but not enough to blast you away, but caution is advised – I am a bit of a chilli head. Mild Pepper Chilli & Garlic feels quite tame in contrast, but the herby flavours come through more readily. Lime Chilli & Garlic was perhaps my favourite as it had a limey zing to it which I am quite partial to. Perfect for the BBQ season, I can confirm all three of them go very nicely with a burger. They are also rather good with a cheese platter, in a sandwich and with pretty much any egg dish you care to mention. I’m not sure if the mini jars I received can be bought, but the full size ones are 200g and are stocked in various farm shops, delis and cafes in Cornwall and beyond. They can also be purchased online.

Gran Luchito

Whilst we’re on the subject of chilli, I’ve been sampling some chilli products from Gran Luchito. They use rare smoked Mexican chillies and the smoking gives quite a different dimension to one of my favourite spices. The smell is rather addictive and the flavour is complex and lingers long on the palate. I have completely fallen in love with the mayonnaise (180g). I was pleased to note it was made with free range eggs and it makes a mean cheddar and salad sandwich. The smoked chilli honey (250g) is almost indescribable, but so, so good. It’s smokey and sweet and hot and completely confuses the senses. I used it in these Smoked Chilli Energy Bars and was particularly pleased with the result. The smoked chilli paste (110g), I am using in all sorts of ways. It is hot and flavourful so a little goes a very long way; this is very pleasing as I don’t want to run out. It worked delightfully in this Three Allium Smoked Chilli Tart and now I have finished the mayonnaise, I add a bit of the paste to normal mayonnaise and enjoy it all over again.

Gran Luchito

Not only am I impressed with all three of these products, but I was won over by the charm of the gift box the products came in. Tied up with string and a smoked chilli on top, it made me want to savour the moment whilst also wanting to dive straight in.

 

Chocolate Bean Burgers
Yields 4
A versatile and tasty veggie burger with a good grating of chocolate to give extra richness and flavour. For a vegan burger omit the egg.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 tbsp rapeseed oil
  2. a handful garlic scapes ā€“ chopped (or use spring onions, leeks or wild garlic)
  3. 1 large sweet pepper ā€“ seeded and finely chopped ( I used a yellow bell pepper)
  4. 1 tsp cumin seeds
  5. 1 400g tin kidney beans ā€“ washed & drained
  6. 10g dark chocolate ā€“ grated (I used 100%)
  7. 1 small egg
  8. a dash soya sauce (I used shoyu)
  9. a handful parsley
  10. 1 tbsp flour plus extra for shaping (I used wholemeal spelt)
Instructions
  1. Fry the scapes and pepper gently in 1 tbsp of oil for a few minutes until soft.
  2. Add the cumin seeds and fry for another couple of minutes.
  3. Mash the beans up in a bowl using a potato masher.
  4. Add the remaining ingredients and stir. If possible leave in the fridge to firm up for half an hour.
  5. Divide the mixture into four. Flour your hands and shape into flat (ish) rounds.
  6. Fry the burgers in the remaining tbsp of oil, turning them after a few minutes.
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Cooking with HerbsI am entering the burgers into Cooking with Herbs with Karen at Lavender and Lovage. I used a large bunch of parsley and whilst the scapes may not strictly be herbs, they sort of count as such. It is being hosted this month over at Lancashire Food.

Cumin is the spice of the month, so I’m submitting this to The Spice Trail over at Bangers & Mash.

Barbecues, Picnics and Outdoor Eating is the theme for this month’s Family Foodies which is hosted by Lou of Eat Your Veg and Vanesther of Bangers & Mash. These veggie burgers would of course make excellent BBQ fare for the vegetarian in your life.

June is the season for scapes, so I am entering the burgers into Simple and in Season with Ren Behan.

With home grown garlic, a tin of budget kidney beans and a pepper which would have gone over if I didn’t use it right then, I am sending this off to Credit Crunch Munch. Hosted this month by Linzi over at Lancashire Food but normally by Fab Food 4 All and Fuss Free Flavours.

 

Extra Veg LogoBean burgers don’t need to have any Extra Veg in them, but it’s always good to get some in if you can and these ones had a yellow pepper included so they are making their way to Utterly Scrummy Food for Families and Fuss Free Flavours.

As the Scapes came from our plot, you can’t shop much more local than that. The egg is also very local and free range too of course. So these are also going to Shop Local over at Elizabeth’s Kitchen Diary.

 
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    Laura Denman
    25th June 2014

    These sound lovely and very different, something I could see myself liking especially as I love the chilli/chocolate combination =)

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    Shaheen
    26th June 2014

    I love the sound of these and hope to make these if I can lay my hand on the ingredients, otherwise you’ve inspired me to have a go at making my own variation but with chocolate. I didn’t enjoy my Chocolate Chilli years back, but am willing to give these a go for sure, your selling them to me, plus summer is a time for burgers, and I haven’t had a veggie burger since this time last year when we met for the first time. Thank you for inspiring.

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      Choclette
      26th June 2014

      Hello Shaheen. I find with chocolate in savoury food that less is more. You don’t really want to taste it, but it is there for extra depth and richness of flavour. I don’t think the egg is at all necessary if you want to stay vegan, I just had one that needed using up.

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    Lilla Goatcher
    26th June 2014

    These sound lovely, I am trying to encourage one-two vegetarian meals a week, unsuccessfully as Hubs is a meat man! But I think I could get Hubs to eat this!!!

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      Choclette
      26th June 2014

      I find chocolate works well with beans Heather – as long as you don’t overdo it.

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      Choclette
      26th June 2014

      Hate being without garlic Kate, so scapes are my lifesaver during May / June.

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    Galina Varese
    26th June 2014

    Scapes is a new word for me. I’m growing garlic this year, the variety which I planted in spring, so far no flowers. These are unusual burgers, I imagine they were full of flavours

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      Choclette
      26th June 2014

      We plant our garlic in late autumn which seems to work better than in Spring. Hope you get a good crop and use those scapes – you don’t want flowers Galina.

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    Kate Glutenfreealchemist
    26th June 2014

    Great combination of ingredients. They sound yum! I have never heard the term ‘scapes’, and I didn’t know you were supposed to cut them from the garlic either. I have just learnt something… Thanks!

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    Vohn's Vittles
    27th June 2014

    These sound incredible Choclette. They feel very Mexican to me & I adore Mexican food. Definitely going to be trying this recipe out, thanks.

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      Choclette
      27th June 2014

      Thanks Caroline – I’m just wishing I cold sit down and eat some more tonight, but sadly on a fast day šŸ™

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    Madeleine Morrow
    27th June 2014

    If I show this recipe to my kids I am done for! Mind you they would be lucky to find any chocolate left over once I have had a go at it

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      Choclette
      27th June 2014

      Just by the 100% chocolate Madeleine and then none of you will want to eat it šŸ˜‰

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    Janice Pattie
    27th June 2014

    I find it incredible how you manage to get chocolate into every recipe! The chilli relishes look delicious, so many things you could use them with and in!

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      Choclette
      28th June 2014

      Haha, if only Janice. I only manage to get chocolate into the recipes I blog about – I think even I might get fed up with it if I put it in everything šŸ˜‰

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    Alida
    27th June 2014

    Chilly and chocolate is just like an aphrodisiac. This combination of ingredients in these burgers is really interesting. Love what you have done here. Very original Choclette.
    Have a nice and relaxing weekend X

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      Choclette
      28th June 2014

      Thanks Alida – I do love developing recipes, I just can’t help myself.

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    Jacqueline Meldrum
    27th June 2014

    Nice idea Choclette and chocolate and chilli do go well together, I always think the chocolate deepens the flavour and I do love homemade burgers.

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      Choclette
      28th June 2014

      You are the queen of veggie burgers Jac, so really pleased you think this is a good idea. I find with chocolate in savoury dishes that less is usually more.

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    Elizabeth
    29th June 2014

    Yum! I’ve never heard of scapes before, will have to try them! Thank you for linking your gorgeous recipe up with Shop Local šŸ™‚

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      Choclette
      6th July 2014

      Thanks Elizabeth, expect you can only get them if you grow them yourself, but I could be wrong.

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    London Unattached
    30th June 2014

    gosh I never knew there was such a range of luchito…and they all look fab! I love a little chilli with chocolate, classic!

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      Choclette
      6th July 2014

      My trouble is I like a bit of chilli and chocolate with everything Fiona šŸ˜‰

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    Linzi_Barrow
    6th July 2014

    Thanks for linking up to Credit crunch munch and cooking with herbs, no ideas what the gremlins have done with your posts. Anyway now added to the respective round ups šŸ™‚

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      Choclette
      7th July 2014

      Thank you Linzi, that’s very kind. I don’t know what was going on as I’m sure I did both of them!

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    Johanna GGG
    21st July 2014

    choclette, I am late to the party but these burgers look so good I had to leave a comment – I always love your savoury chocolate recipes and this is just my sort of thing (Sylvia recently said she wished she could have chocolate for dinner – if only she knew what I could give her she might decide perhaps chocolate for dinner is not really her thing šŸ™‚ )

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      Choclette
      21st July 2014

      Always better late than never – well on my blog anyway! I do so appreciate your comments Johanna, thank you for leaving them.

      Haha, you should try Sylvia with something similar next time she asks – how can she fail to enjoy?

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