Aloo TIkki Burgers, a variation of this recipe from Veg Recipes of India, are made of delightfully crispy butternut squash burgers flavored with Indian spices and layered with a vibrant chutney. Traditionally, aloo tikki would be made with potatoes, but why use potatoes when you can use flavorful squash instead?? These fantastic, flavor packed burgers are simple to put together (all the ingredients are pureed together in the food processor!) AND unlike a lot of veggie burgers, aloo tikki actually hold their shape (no need to for refrigeration time or tons of extra binders!).
Aloo Tikki Burger
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1/4 cup pinto beans, drained
6 ounces butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and cubed (about 3/4 cup of cubes)
1 tablespoon chickpea flour
1/2 teaspoon Dijon Mustard
1/4 teaspoon lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
1/4 teaspoon garam masala
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon chili flakes, adjust according to taste
Salt, to taste
2 slices light gluten free sandwich bread (like the kind by Ener-G)
2 tablespoons Tomato Parsley Chutney
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
2. Place beans in the base of a small food processor. Pulse until beans form a smooth paste.
3. Add all remaining burger ingredients to food processor ( squash, flour, Djion, lemon juice, cumin, coriander, garam masala, chili powder, garlic powder, chili flakes, and salt).
4. Puree until mixture is smooth and all ingredients are evenly incorporated.
5. Divide mixture in half and form into two equal patties. Place patties on prepared baking sheet then spritz the top of each burger with a layer of olive oil spray and sprinkle with a dash of paprika.
6. Bake aloo tikki burgers for 15 minutes, then remove baking sheet from oven and use a spatula to flip them. Spray with olive oil spray, sprinkle with paprika, then return burgers to oven.
7. Continue to bake for 12-15 minutes more, or until burger are crispy on the outside, and slightly golden.
8. Toast bread, then place one of the burger patties on a slice of bread.
9. Top burger patty with 1 tablespoon of chutney.
10. Stack second burger patty on top, then spread with remaining tablespoon of chutney. Finish the burger with remaining slice of bread. Enjoy!
Nutrition Information--approximately 260 calories per burger (entire recipe)