March 28, 2016

Green Burgers With Sauce

Recipe: Amelia Freer

Green is my favorite color and greens are my favorite foods, so wherever I can I try to eat them in as many different, creative ways as possible. These green burgers are surprisingly filling and utlerly tasty—so go green!


Green Sauce 

  • ¾ cup coconut yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon salted capers
  • 1 salted anchovy
  • Zest and juice of 1 large lemon
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • A small bunch of fresh chives
  • A small bunch of fresh parsley
  • A small bunch of fresh mint


  • ¾ cup frozen baby peas
  • ¾ cup frozen baby fava beans
  • 3 ounces fresh spinach
  • A small bunch of fresh basil
  • A small bunch of fresh parsley
  • ½ pound small cooked shrimp
  • 1 heaping tablespoon arrowroot powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 large egg, preferably free-range or organic, beaten
  • Coconut oil


Yield: Serves 3 to 4

  1. To make the green sauce, blend all the ingredients roughly in a food processor. For the burgers, blanch the baby peas and baby fava beans in salted boiling water for 2 to 3 minutes, then scoop out and put into iced water. Once cold, drain and set aside.
  2. Blanch the spinach, basil and parsley together for 1 minute, then scoop out and put into iced water. Squeeze the cooked spinach and herbs with your hands to get rid of as much water as possible.
  3. Put all the ingredients, except the egg and the coconut oil, into a food processor. Add the egg gradually while pulsing the mixture into a rough paste (not too smooth). Using your hands, form the mixture into 12 small rounds and flatten each one slightly to form burgers.
  4. Heat 2 tablespoons of coconut oil in a small, deep, non-stick frying pan—the oil should be approximately 1⁄8 inch deep. Working in batches, lay the green patties in the pan and lower the heat. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes on each side.
  5. Serve the green burgers with a little green salad and the green sauce.

Photography copyright© 2016 Susan Bell. Published by Appetite by Random House, a division of Random House of Canada Ltd., a penguin Random House company. All rights reserved.


Excerpted from Cook.Nourish.Glow. by Amelia Freer. Copyright © 2016 Amelia Freer.