Recipe: Spicy Fonio Burgers

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Delicious vegan fonio burger patties with a hint of spice thanks to the ras el hanout. The fonio grain not only tastes excellent naturally, it can also be easily made into burger patties. Recipe by Sarah, Velvet & Vinegar.

Ingredients for 6 Patties:

  • 150 g fonio
  • 100 ml water
  • 2 tsp vegetable stock powder
  • 1 tsp cumin, ground
  • 2 tsp garlic powder, ground
  • 1 tsp ras el hanout
  • 1⁄2 tsp turmeric, ground
  • 1 onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 30 g tomato puree
  • 2-3 handfuls of microgreens or parsley, roughly chopped
  • 2-3 tbsp olive oil
  • Toppings according to taste (e.g. rocket and/or microgreens)
  • Burger buns (optional)
  • Tahini yoghurt dressing

Ingredients for the tahini dressing:

  • 150 g soya yoghurt
  • 1 lemon, juice
  • 1-2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1-2 tbsp tahini
  • Salt if necessary


  1. Boil the water. Put the fonio and vegetable stock into a large bowl and pour over with the boiling water. Cover the bowl and leave the fonio to swell for 10-15 minutes. Then break up with a fork.
  2. Put the fonio together with all the ingredients including microgreens/parsley into a food processor or mixer and blend until a sticky mass forms.
  3. Heat olive oil in a pan. Shape 6 burger patties out of the fonio mixture and fry them in the pan until crispy. Serve directly or as burgers with tahini dressing.
  4. For the dressing, simply mix all the dressing ingredients into a homogenous cream.

Note: This dish goes perfectly with chips, but also sweet potato wedges. Or you can make salad wraps/burgers with the patties.

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