I do enjoy a good burger, especially with some nice hot chips on the side, but sometimes you want to make it a little healthier, and I do this by making it an open burger, loaded with salad, and omit the chips.
You can use any type of vegie pattie you like, and there are some great ready-made ones. If you have more time, and the inclination (which I do sometimes), you can make your own. There are loads of recipes out there. A big mushroom, marinated or coated in spices and then cooked, also makes a great pattie. Last night I used some bought vegie patties I had in the freezer.
The first step was to make a salad, which can contain anything at all that you like. Mine had baby spinach, rocket, tomato, carrot, beetroot, celery and red capsicum. I put it all in a bowl and lightly tossed it with a lemon dressing. In the meantime, I sliced up some mushrooms and onion to cook with the patties.
In a frypan I heated some olive oil and put the onion in first, just for a minute or two, then the patties went on (they were frozen so were going to take a bit longer to cook) and finally a few minutes later the mushrooms. Just before it was all cooked I put a couple of slices of nice multigrain bread on to toast. When that was finished I spread some pesto on the toast for a flavour base. First on the toast was the pattie, topped with a little chilli sauce, then I put some of the cooked mushrooms and onion on both sides, added a couple of handfuls of salad, and topped the whole thing off with sprouts, chunks of avocado and some hommus.
Delicious and filling! I wouldn’t try to pick it up to eat though, this definitely required cutlery.