This protein-filled cheese and bean burger is the perfect post-workout dish
Brought to you by Dubliner Cheese.
Irish people love their cheese.
There's no denying that. And, as of late, the bean burger has been popping up in a lot of people's favour. So we thought there would be nothing better than the two of them coming together into one delicious meal (spoiler alert - we were right).
In Ireland, beans are pretty much a staple food (sure, baked beans on toast was a regular meal growing up) and honestly, it's hard to find even one person who doesn't appreciate a bitta cheese. According to a survey by Dubliner Cheese, around 90% of people in Ireland eat cheese on a weekly basis. And no wonder - cheese is packed full of essential nutrients like calcium, phosphorous, zinc, vitamin A and vitamin B12. Plus, it's high in protein so it's a great snack if you're getting in those weekly workouts.
We're big fans of snacking on a few slices of cheese for lunch and we do ADORE a melted cheese sandwich from time to time (the most comforting food in the world), but we've been looking for ways to incorporate cheese into our lunches and dinners a bit more. And that, friends, is where we came across this most delightful spicy bean and cheese burger.
This scrumptious recipe is super filling and has loads of nutrients and protein, so it's perfect for that after-gym meal. In fact, the Dubliner Lighter cheese used in this has a whole 11.2g of protein per 40g of cheese (that trumps nuts, avocados, and quinoa for the top protein spot), so this burger definitely packs a good protein punch. We decided to try it out and, let us tell you, it exceeded expectations. We are drooling just thinking about it.
We suggest you get right on buying these recipes and whip up this delight for yourselves.
Spicy Bean and Dubliner Cheese Burgers
200g baby leaf spinach
1 tbsp olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 green chilli pepper, finely chopped
1 red pepper, chopped
1 x 400g tin of cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
50g dried white breadcrumbs
1 small handful of fresh coriander, chopped
75g Dubliner Lighter Cheese
1 egg, beaten
Salt and black pepper
2 tbsp vegetable oil
Wholemeal baps, toasted
1. Place the spinach in a colander and pour over a kettleful of boiling water to wilt it.
2. Heat the olive oil in a large pan and cook the onion for 3-4 minutes. Add the garlic, chilli and red pepper and cook for another 1-2 minutes until the onion has softened but not coloured.
3. Meanwhile, place the cannellini beans in a large bowl and mash with a fork until they form a chunky purée.
4. Squeeze the spinach to get rid of all the excess water, then chop it roughly and add it to the beans along with the onion mixture, breadcrumbs, coriander, Dubliner Cheese and egg. Stir to combine. Taste and season with salt and lots of black pepper.
5. Shape the mixture into four evenly-sized patties. Refrigerate for 20-30 minutes to allow them to firm up.
6. Heat the vegetable oil in a large pan over a medium-high heat and cook the burgers for 6-9 minutes on each side until golden brown. Serve piled onto wholemeal baps spread with tomato relish, and top with tomato slices and crunchy lettuce.
There you have it. Four delectable bean burgers that we predict will be gobbled down in seconds. If you end up loving these as much as we did, you can check out some more cheesy recipes over on the Dubliner Cheese website.
As for us, we have some cheese to buy...
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