BBQ veggie mini-burgers for #SundaySupper

Posted by on Feb 2, 2014 in #SundaySupper, Simple Meals | 39 comments

BBQ veggie mini-burgers for #SundaySupper

#SundaySupper is celebrating the biggest Game Day in the American sports calendar this weekend. Hosted by Heather of Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks, we’ve gathered together a feast of the perfect food to compliment any football festivities. I’m providing some BBQ veggie mini-burgers

I have to be honest – my only knowledge of American Football comes from watching The Blind Side. So, basically, my understanding is that it’s a game a little more brutal than rugby, where you need a little guy to run very fast holding the ball, and a guy like Michael Oher to watch his blind side. 

My knowledge of the traditions surrounding the game itself are just as hazy, gained mostly from American sitcoms. So, for the inspiration for my dish, I turned to The Blind Side. One scene in particular seems to capture the whole philosophy of #SundaySupper. It’s Thanksgiving. There’s a table groaning with food. Dad and children fill their plates, then lounge on various sofas, watching the game on TV. Michael, recently taken in by the family, sits alone at the table. Leigh Anne, the mom, played by Sandra Bullock, takes in the situation, then switches off the TV and gathers the others to the table, where they eat together, talking to one another, and for the first time in his life, Michael feels like part of a family. 

Obviously, Game Day is a little different to Thanksgiving, and the whole point is to watch the game, so these little burgers (sliders, I guess you might call them) are portable enough to be eaten anywhere, but the BBQ flavour is inspired by Memphis – the setting for The Blind Side – and will hopefully bring people together, wherever they are. 

gluten-free mini burgers

Now, if you were worried that I were going all-out American on you, fear not. I’ve incorporated a traditional British twist by making the burger ‘bun’  out of scones (or biscuits, if you are American). These are a great gluten-free alternative to burger buns – they are easier to make gluten-free and they hold together much more successfully, creating a sturdy base for the burger. I added some cumin and cheese to give them a bit of flavour. 

For the burgers themselves, I wanted a tasty, hearty vegetarian option, which might even satisfy meat-eaters, and which represented the flavours of Memphis. I used chickpeas as the base, with grilled, diced peppers and tomatoes, a few torn spinach leaves and a home-made BBQ sauce. 

You can add any additional sauces that you like to complete the burger. They don’t take too long to make, and will hopefully slip in, unnoticed as burger imposters, to any American Game Day celebration. 

mini burgers for Game Day

BBQ veggie mini-burgers
Yields 8
Gluten-free, vegetarian mini 'burgers', perfect for a Game Day celebration.
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
30 min
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
30 min
For the scones
  1. 225g self-raising gluten-free flour blend
  2. 55g butter
  3. 140ml milk
  4. 1 egg, beaten
  5. 1oz grated cheese
  6. 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
For the burgers
  1. 200g tinned chickpeas
  2. 1/2 an onion
  3. 1/2 a bell pepper
  4. about 8 cherry tomatoes
  5. a handful of torn spinach leaves
  6. 2 tbsps worcestershire sauce
  7. 1 tsp smoked paprika
  8. 1 tsp honey
  9. A few drops lemon juice
  10. 3-4 tbsps gf flour
For the scones
  1. Preheat the oven to 180C.
  2. Rub the butter and flour together between your fingertips until it resembles breadcrumbs.
  3. Mix in the cheese and cumin seeds.
  4. Add the milk and half of the beaten egg little by little and bring together the mixture to form a dough. Dust a work surface and rolling pin with flour and roll out to about 2cm thick.
  5. Cut out rounds with a small cookie cutter and place on a baking tray. Brush each one with some of the remaining beaten egg.
  6. Bake for about 15 mins until golden brown.
For the burgers
  1. Roughly chop the veg (except spinach) and grill under a high heat or put on a griddle for a few mins. Set aside to cool.
  2. Put the chickpeas in a bowl and cover with water. Microwave for 2 mins. Leave to cool slightly, then drain and roughly mash with a potato masher or fork.
  3. Finely chop the veg and mix together with the chickpeas. Add the remaining ingredients, stirring in the flour to soak up excess moisture.
  4. Preheat the oven to 90C.
  5. Put a little oil into a frying pan and set over a medium heat. Dust a board and your hands with flour, then take tablespoon scoops of the mixture, dust with flour and form into small patties. Fry three or four at a time until cooked through and crispy on the outside.
  6. Put the scones and burgers on a tray in the oven to warm through, then assemble, with a sauce of your choice.
  7. Serve whilst warm.
  1. The scones can be made in advance and frozen until needed. Defrost overnight before using and reheat in the oven. The burgers will keep in the fridge in an airtight container for a few days.
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  1. We LOVE veggie burgers in our house and these sound great! I love that ou made the bun/scones yourself too!

    • Thank you Heather!

  2. I love scones, though have never made at home. I love the pairing with yummy veggie burgers!
    Nichole C recently posted..Salt and Vinegar Chicken Wings for #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • Thank you! They’re really easy to make – not many ingredients and short baking time!

  3. What a fancy little burger! Love that you made scones for the bun! Such a clever recipe!!Love it!!!
    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers recently posted..Buffalo Chicken Potstickers #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • Thank you Jennifer!

  4. These look wonderful! I’m trying to get more into vegetarian and vegan fair for health reasons, and these look like a great intro to the whole veggie burger thing. Thanks for posting!
    Julie @ Texan New Yorker recently posted..Dr Pepper Turkey Chili #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • Thank you! Good luck with your diet changes – there is plenty of really delicious veggie food out there!

  5. Awww, what cute little burgers! And cool idea using scones!
    Constance Smith (@FoodieArmyWife) recently posted..Super Sloppy Joes | #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • Thank you Connie!

  6. Love that you used scones with a little cumin flavoring, oh so yummy!!
    Tara recently posted..Italian Spring Rolls for Super Eats for Game Day #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • I just can’t resist cumin :)

  7. Even if you don’t understand the game, you most certainly understand football food. These look amazing! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

    • Phew, I passed! Thank you :)

  8. This is completely up my alley!!!!! I can’t wait to make these. Pinning them right now! Thanks so much for posting these :-)
    The Wimpy Vegetarian recently posted..Roasted Tomato Hummus : #SundaySupper Super Eats For Game DayMy Profile

    • I hope you enjoy them!!

  9. Now this is a vegetarian entree I would love!! So much delicious flavor in both the buns and burgers :)

    • Thanks Liz! I like it when a veggie option can compete with a meat one :)

  10. OMG, these are super cute!! I love the scone buns.
    Shannon R recently posted..Pear Bundt Cake RecipeMy Profile

    • Thank you Shannon!

  11. LOVE your British twist! I love scones and I think it’s a great idea to use them as buns! :-)

    • Thank you Manu!

  12. Scones, um, biscuits are just perfect for these mini burgers. (US Southerners sure do love biscuits!)
    Renee recently posted..Chocolate Streusel Bars for #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • Thank you Renee – I really need to try a proper Southern US biscuit recipe sometime!

  13. Adorable and delectable!
    Sarah Reid, CNP (@jo_jo_ba) recently posted..Cracker Jack Candy for a #SundaySupper Game DayMy Profile

    • Thank you Sarah!

  14. How very, very elegant, Katy. And so brilliant of you to exchange buns for cheese and cumin scones. Good thing you added the scones.. With your gluten-free, veggie approach I was beginning to wonder if you are were a Californian! (Tee hee.)

    P.s. The Blindside is about the most in-depth research I’ve done into the sport of American football, too =)

    • Hee hee! I think with the combination of the weather and the options for tricky foodies like me, California would suit me just perfectly!

  15. Love that you made veggie sliders! and I loved The Blind Side!!! :)
    Alice // Hip Foodie Mom recently posted..Baked Goat Cheese with Homemade MarinaraMy Profile

    • One of my favourite films!!

  16. I would love to try these. They look so cute and tasty. Thanks for sharing the recipe.
    Renee – Kudos Kitchen recently posted..Honey Sesame Seed Crackers for #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • Thanks Renee!

  17. Love the combo of veggie and BBQ and LOVE that these little guys are on scones. So creative!
    Sarah | Curious Cuisiniere recently posted..Chunky Beef Stew with Cauliflower featuring #CertAngusBeef and #RecipeRehabMy Profile

    • Thank you Sarah – fun to try out something a little different!

  18. Love those buns! These sound fabulous!
    Bobbi’s Kozy Kitchen recently posted..Game Day Chili for #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • Thanks Bobbi!

  19. Great idea to do a veggie burger with all the same great flavors as any meat-filled one.
    Shaina recently posted..Boca Restaurant Review: Ninja Spinning Sushi BarMy Profile

    • Thank you Shaina!

  20. These looks great! I watch football and I still don’t know that much about it :)
    Laura Dembowski recently posted..Snickerdoodle Cookie CupsMy Profile

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