Friday Night Burgers

Every family has certain rituals when it comes to food.
In my family it’s been a habit to eat fries from the chip shop (or for the Flemish people ‘frietjes van de frituur’ ;)) on Friday evenings for as long as I can remember.

Keep in mind that fries, even though they’re called French fries in English, are something typical of Belgium (just like the waffles and the chocolate)

Here’s what my sister eats on a typical Friday night.
I had to take a quick “kitchen table shot”, my sister doesn’t appreciate her dinner getting cold because of me trying to take ‘pretty’ pictures of it.

I’m really not  into eating a greasy bag of fries every week, they leave me feeling heavy,bloated and gross for the rest of the weekend..
but I do enjoy a nice burger from time to time…

And no, I’m not talking about a burger from the chip shop!

Even though you can hardly call that processed stuff “meat”, it still is meat… kind of … most of it anyway 😉

I’m talking about my favourite burger: a chickpea burger!

‘Chickpea Burger’

makes 3 medium patties 

  • half a can of chickpeas (about 80 grams), mashed
  • 3 T of oats
  • 2 T of breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg white
  • 6 almonds, chopped
  • pepper and salt
  • half a carrot, grated
  • olive oil

Rest of the stuff it takes to assemble a burger
  • burger bun
  • half a tomato
  • piece of zucchini
  • lettuce
  • ketchup or pesto ( or any other dressing/sauce you prefer)
Mash the chickpeas, add the grated carrot, the almonds, oats and breadcrumbs.
Add the egg white and mix everything together, if the mixture isn’t sticky enough you can add a bit of water to make it blend a bit better.
Make 3 patties (easier when you have wet hands) and fry them in olive oil in a skillet.

Burger without to top so you guys can have a better look at the pattie

Before I ‘assembled’ the burger, I fried the zucchini pieces a bit. I like to eat this burgers with some tomato ketchup, but I tried it with pesto a couple of weeks ago and that was gorgeous too, so it’s really up to you and your own taste.
Of course you can also eat these burgers with some rice or veggies or mashed potatoes.

Does your family have ‘food rituals’ as well?
Love M. 


5 responses to “Friday Night Burgers

  1. My family food rituals tend to involve me going down the shops to get the food and then spending the evening waiting for someone to cook it. We often end up going hungry.

  2. That’s not a bad idea actually but we are traditionalists in my family – anyone who tries to break the ritual gets thrown out of the house.

    Weird question: What are the theme tunes to Belgian news channels like? The BBC News theme is brilliant –

  3. I never thought they wouldn’t be called french fries there:) And homemade veggie burgers are the best. I love hearing/reading about all the Belgium stuff – it’s like getting to know another country so deeply and from an insiders view.

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