RECIPE | Mokgadi Itsweng’s veggie burger

The SA foodie shares her favourite vegetable burger from her recently released cookbook, ‘Veggielicious’

25 November 2021 - 09:15
Mokgadi Itsweng's veggie burger.
Mokgadi Itsweng's veggie burger.
Image: Roelene Prinsloo

Burgers don't always need to be meaty according to foodie Mokgadi Itsweng.

“I am constantly playing around with veggie burger recipes. This is one of my absolute favourites. I use ditloo (Bambara groundnuts) and beetroot to create a beautifully coloured and well-flavoured veggie burger. The mixture can also be used to make falafels.”


Makes: 4 burgers


30ml (2 tbsp) olive oil

15ml (1 tbsp) smoked paprika

5ml (1 tsp) ground cumin

1 onion, chopped

1 garlic clove, finely grated

4 medium beetroot, cooked and grated

75g oats

500ml (2 cups) cooked ditloo, Bambara groundnuts, soaked overnight and boiled in water for an hour before draining well

Herb salt seasoning

To serve:

4 burger buns

60ml (4 tbsp) plant-based mayonnaise

2 tomatoes, sliced

2 avocados, mashed and salted pickled onions

Handful of fresh coriander


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C and line a baking tray with baking paper.
  2. Heat the oil in a frying pan over medium heat, then add the spices and cook for 1 minute.
  3. Add the onion and garlic, and cook for a further 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and allow to cool slightly.
  4. Place the cooked beetroot, the onion mixture, oats and ditloo in a food processor, and pulse until well combined (use a masher if you don’t have a food processor).
  5. Season well with salt, then shape into burgers and leave to chill in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  6. Place the burgers on the baking tray and brush with olive oil. Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes, until they are firm and crispy on the outside.
  7. To serve, lightly toast the burger buns and spread with mayonnaise. Top with the burgers, tomato slices, mashed avocado, pickled onions and fresh coriander.

• Picture and recipe from 'Veggielicious' by Mokgadi Itsweng, published by Human & Rousseau


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