First… a word about beans. The fact is, beans are designed not to be digested. They contain ‘inhibitors’ to prevent digestion. The way to unlock the goodness of bean is to soak for a good long time. I soaked these small white beans for 60 hours. Two and a half days. You can soak them longer than that too. Rinse the beans and change the water twice daily. Keep them covered and in a cool place. If possible, use filtered water.
In a deep saucepan with a tight fitting lid, place the rinsed beans, and add enough cold water to amply cover the beans. Bring them to the boil and boil hard for 6 minutes.
Then reduce the heat, cover, and simmer gently for 2 – 3 – 4 hours….until the beans are really tender. Add more water if necessary.
I cook them in batches, and then freeze them, so next time I need beans, I can just grab them from the freezer bag whenever I need them. It’s worth the effort…. I promise! 🙂
Back to burgers, which is what this post is about lol……as most of us know, making a burger isn’t as easy as we imagine…. particularly without eggs… they fall apart, or they’re too dry, or they’re too wet and won’t fry/bake properly. They won’t crisp up or they simply disintegrate…..hmmm..
So, here’s a nice little bean burger, that shouldn’t do any of those things, tastes great and fries, bakes, stores, freezes and reheats…and tastes good hot or cold.
According to Wikipedia:
“Harissa (Arabic: هريسة | harîsa – Word Origin : from Maghrebi Arabic) is a Maghrebian hot chili pepper paste, the main ingredients of which are roasted red peppers, Baklouti pepper, serrano peppers and other hot chili peppers and spices and herbs such as garlic paste, coriander seed, or caraway as well as some vegetable or olive oil for preservation. It is most closely associated with Tunisia, Libya and Algeria.”
Harissa has a nice, clean, fresh heat. It’s like a backdrop to all the other flavours. It’s perfect with these relatively delicate white beans, along with the clean zing of lemon juice.
NORTH AFRICAN WHITE BEAN BURGERS + PAPAYA AND AVOCADO SALAD
Makes 8 burgers