Vegetarian Burgers with Zingy McClure's Pickle and Pesto Sauce

Vegetarian Burgers with Zingy McClure's Pickle and Pesto Sauce

By Rebecca Caughey

Vegetarian Burgers with Zingy McClure's Pickle and Pesto Sauce

By Kelly Gibney

Makes 6 patties

These meat-free burger patties are full of rich, savoury flavour and will be an absolute crowd pleaser. Serve with a big dollop of the zingy pickle and pesto sauce and some homemade kūmara fries.


Makes 6 patties

  • 1 medium onion – finely diced
  • 2 garlic cloves – finely diced
  • 250g Portobello or Swiss brown mushrooms
  • 1 medium carrot – finely grated and squeezed tightly of liquid
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seed
  • ½ teaspoon fried oregano
  • 1 plant-based vegetable stock cube
  • 1 can brown lentil – rinsed and drained well
  • 1 free range egg
  • ½ cup flour (can use GF all purpose if needed)
  • ½ cup breadcrumbs (use GF if needed)
  • Sea salt and cracked black pepper
  • Olive oil for sautéing



  1. Heat a generous glug of olive oil in a sauté pan over a medium heat.
  2. Cook the onion until tender and translucent.
  3. Add the garlic and cook for a further minute.
  4. Add the mushrooms, carrot, fennel seed and oregano. Increase the heat a little and sauté for 5 minutes until the mushrooms are soft and glossy.
  5. Crumble the stock cube over the top and mix through well.
  6. Use a potato masher to mash the lentils until about half are broken up.
  7. Allow to cool completely and then add the egg, flour and breadcrumbs, along with a generous seasoning of salt and cracked black pepper. Use damp hands to make 6 patties. Place these in the fridge for at least 30 minutes to firm up.
  8. Cook in a sauté pan in 1 cm of hot oil until golden brown on each side.
  9. Mix together the sauce ingredients.
  10. Serve burger patties in brioche buns with lettuce, tomato, avocado, radish, a generous dollop of pesto and pickle sauce. Finish with a couple of slices of McClure's Bread and Butter pickles.

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