Healthspan Vegan Recipe

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Chickpea and Sweetcorn Burgers with Avocado Salsa

Serves 4

Creator of the dish, Rob Hobson, Head of Nutrition, says: "Chickpeas are great for vegans as they are a rich source of iron which can be lacking if the diet is not properly planned. Iron is essential for healthy red blood cells that transport oxygen around the body and low levels can lead to tiredness and fatigue. Avocados are not only rich in folate and vitamin E but also the antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin, which help to reduce the risk of light-induced oxidative damage that could lead to macular degeneration."



  • 400g tin of chickpeas, drained and rinsed

  • 340g tin of sweetcorn, drained

  • 1/2 red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped

  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika

  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin

  • 1/2 lemon, zested

  • 3 heaped tbsp plain white flour

  • Pinch of sea salt

  • Extra virgin olive oil

  • 4 vegan burger buns

  • 1 bag of prepared green salad


  • 2 ripe avocados

  • 1 lime, juiced

  • Pinch of sea salt

  • 1/2 small red onion, peeled and finely chopped

  • 2 plum tomatoes, seeded and finely chopped

  • 1 handful of fresh coriander, finely chopped


  1. Place the burger ingredients into a food processor. Pulse the mixture until coarse and add a little water if it appears too dense.

  2. Divide the mixture into 4 equal sized pieces. Shape into burger patties then place in the fridge for 40 minutes until firm.

  3. To prepare the salsa cut the avocados in half and remove the stone. Scoop out the flesh into a medium-sized mixing bowl. Add the lime juice and salt, mash with a fork to a smooth consistency, then add the onion, tomatoes and coriander and combine well. Set aside.

  4. Set a large non-stick frying pan over medium heat and add a splash of oil. Once the oil is hot, add the patties to the pan and cook for five minutes either side until golden and cooked through.

  5. Serve the burgers in the buns with a large dollop of avocado salsa and a side of green salad.

Nothing beats a healthy, balanced diet to provide all the nutrients we need. But when this isn't possible, supplements can help. This article isn't intended to replace medical advice. Please consult your healthcare professional before trying supplements or herbal medicines.



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