Onion Bhaji Burger

Recipe Harriet Boucher, Images Brydie Thompson

Onion Bhaji and Smashed Avo Burger with Tamarind Chutney

This is my take on a vegan burger. Jenny’s Tamarind Chutney has been a family favourite in my house for as long as I can remember, so it was a must in this recipe! If you’re craving a bit of dairy, add some fried haloumi or a herby yoghurt to this burger. You could also re-create this recipe into a canapé or a slider for summer entertaining.


Onion Bhajis:

¾ cup chickpea flour

½ tsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

1 tsp ground cumin

½ tsp ground turmeric

¼ tsp chilli powder

1 green chilli, deseeded and finely chopped

2 tbsp freshly chopped coriander

1 tsp lemon juice

5–6 tbsp water

2 medium onions, thinly sliced

oil for frying


Place the chickpea flour, baking powder, salt, cumin, turmeric, chilli powder, chilli, coriander and lemon juice in a large bowl and whisk to combine. Add in the water.

Once you’ve got a thick batter, add the onion slices and stir to coat with the batter, or mix with your hands.

Heat a large wok on the stove top on a medium heat and add enough oil so that you’ve got about a 2cm layer of oil.

Carefully drop heaped tablespoons of the batter into the hot oil, cooking about 3 bhajis at a time. Fry for about 2 minutes on each side until golden. Remove each bhaji with a slotted spoon and place on a plate lined with a paper towel to drain the excess oil. Continue until all of your batter is gone. You should get 6 large bhajis out of this.



Smashed Avo:

2 ripe avocados

2 tbsp lime juice

2 tbsp chopped coriander

½ red chilli, finely diced

salt and pepper to taste


Scoop out avocado into a bowl. Smash roughly with a fork so you still have a bit of texture. Add lime juice, coriander, chilli and salt and pepper. Taste and add more lime/salt/pepper if needed.



Putting It All Together

1 recipe Onion Bhajis

1 recipe Smashed Avo

Jenny’s Tamarind Chutney – Available at Vetro

Cucumber ribbons

Rocket leaves


Toast buns in the oven. Spread tamarind chutney on top and bottom. Place a layer of rocket on the bottom bun, then a dollop of smashed avo, an onion bhaji then some cucumber ribbons. Garnish with some extra red chilli and coriander then finish with the top bun.



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