Mung Bean and Sweet Potato Burger
- 1 ½ cups of cooked and mashed sweet potatoes (leftovers work great)
- 1 small cooked and mashed potato
- 1 cup mung beans, previously cooked and cooled (or you can use sprouted mung beans and just blanch them)
- ½ sweet onion chopped
- 1 small carrot chopped
- 1 to 2 tbsp Olea Oliva’s Scallion Olive Oil for cooking
- ½ tsp Cumin powder
- 1 tsp ground Turmeric
- 1 tsp ground Ginger
- 1 clove garlic (crushed)
- dash of cayenne pepper
- ½ cup chopped cilantro
- salt + pepper to taste
- ½ squeezed lemon juice
- bread crumbs for coating (optional)
- 25 Star Aged Balsamic for finishing
- Jalapeno Olive Oil for finishing
- Cook the sweet potatoes and regular potato, mash and let cool. (leftovers are great for this recipe).
- Cook the mung beans in water for about 20-30 min or until cooked.
- Drain in a strainer and allow to dry for 10 minutes.
- Sauté the onions on a low heat in a little olive oil until glassy and translucent and add carrots add cumin powder, turmeric, ginger, garlic. Add to mashed potato and mung beans.
- Make balls about the size of a golf ball, press gently to flatten slightly, then dip them into the bread crumbs (I did not use any). Coat on all sides.
- Fry on medium-low in a little olive oil for about 2-3 minutes, flip over once and continue cooking about 2 minutes.
- Do not move them around on the pan at all as they might fall apart easily if the sides aren’t firmed up yet. Serve with all burger fixings.
- Finish with 25 Star Aged Balsamic and Jalapeno Olive Oil. Enjoy.
There are a number of health benefits to sprouting mung beans:
- Sprouting increases the B-vitamin content of the bean– astronomically.
- When a bean sprouts, it creates all kinds of good-for-you enzymes.
- Sprouting makes nutrients in the bean more bio-available, so they are better absorbed by your body.
- Sprouts contain even more fiber than the unsprouted bean does.
- Sprouts are a good source of essential fatty acids.
- The quality of the bean’s protein improves when it sprouts, improving its nutritional value.
Plus, it doesn’t cost anything to sprout, so why wouldn’t you do it? If you’re still not sure, start with sprouting mung beans which are the easiest to sprout.