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Vegetarian Burgers with Zingy McClure's Pickle and Pesto Sauce - Cook & Nelson

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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