Make this healthy version of your weekend favourite – the humble burger. With autumn in the air, we are all starting to think about home comforts and nights in with a good movie. At the end of a busy week, we are often tired and its often magnesium that is the first nutrient to be depleted by our bodies when we are stressed or fatigued. These burgers celebrate everything that's delicious about the season and contain plenty of magnesium too. Double whammy! Butternut squash and apples make a dynamic duo, and here they are like you've never seen them before - in a veggie burger!
Autumn Harvest Squash and Apple Burgers Serves 6
2 cups brown or wholegrain rice
3 cups vegetable stock
3 cups diced butternut squash
1 cup chopped shallots
2 cups diced granny smith apples
Himalayan pink salt, to taste
2 tablespoons fresh thyme (leaves only)
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
Your favourite burger toppings (vegan mayonnaise, caramelized onions, etc.)
6 pieces of lettuce
6 gluten-free or sprouted wheat burger buns
Cook the rice in the vegetable stock
Preheat oven to 200°C. Wash and dice/chop squash, shallots and apples making sure to keep the squash separate from the others. Place squash on a parchment lined baking sheet, sprinkle with salt and roast for 15 minutes. At the 15-minute mark, add apples and shallots to the tray. Roast another 30 minutes. Set aside to cool. Once cool, put in a food processor with the thyme and pulse until chunky. Do not purée into a mush or paste. Add to a large bowl.
Next, add the cooked rice and pumpkin seeds to the food processor and pulse until chopped, but again, still chunky. Add to the bowl.
Mix everything well. Taste and add more salt, if needed.
Divide the mixture and shape into burger patties. Shallow fry in olive oil over a medium heat for 4-5 minutes on each side or until brown. Keep the pan covered to help the burger cook through and browned on the surface. Let sit for a few minutes after cooked to help burger get more stable before eating.
Serve on buns with lettuce and your favourite toppings. Delicious!