Veggie Aubergine Burger with Piri Piri Salsa

This veggie aubergine burger is a great way to satisfy your junk food cravings whilst eating some more vegetables. Grilled or baked aubergine serves as the burger patty, the piri piri sauce gives a spicy flavour as well as texture and the burger bun is more filling than the classic brioche bun. If you want to cut down on carbs you can make a lettuce wrap with grilled aubergine, salsa and some pickled veggies getting all of the flavour without all off the extra carbs from the bun. Photos and blogpost updated November 30th, 2020.

Many people are still trying to eat better as it is still early in the year, me included. Considering how horrible the weather has been the past months we need to at least give ourselves and our immune system a fighting chance against the next cold waiting right around the corner. In my case I’m just trying to get rid of this horrible cold and not get another one, so more veggies and less horrible fried food it is. Which is quite hard because in this weather all you want is easy comfort food, especially when running on next to sleep since the circus moved in down the street and the battery operated fairy lights turned on by themselves flickering like in Stranger Things. Clearly those have to be the raving techno clowns raging havoc on unicycles playing with my sanity. Is it just me or have circi (correct Latin plural of circus) really changed?

Anyway, so whilst all I want is easy food that is horrible for me I am trying to find healthier alternatives. This burger will definitely satisfy your junk food craving as it packs a punch in flavour despite having no meat. Even though grilled aubergine can be quite soft the sauce adds a nice texture, so it is not just a mushy mess. The sauce is a hot mayo with pickled veggies. Instead of French Fries I served the burger with some baked potato wedges (recipe here), it is just too cold for salad. How do you fence off junk food cravings? Please don’t say eating celery.

Piri Piri Sauce


  • 1 small red onion
  • 1 clove garlic
  • ½ red bell pepper
  • A piece of cucumber or a pickle
  • Parsley
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • Red wine vinegar
  • Piri piri sauce
  • Mayonnaise

1. Cut all the vegetables into very fine cubes and mix it in a bowl. Add the parsley.
2. Season the vegetables with salt, pepper, vinegar and piri piri sauce to taste. (You can make it as spicy as you want, I added only six drops as I am a wuss.) Let it sit for as long as possible to the vegetables become really flavourful.

3. Mix the mayonnaise with the quick pickled vegetables and season to taste with salt and piri piri hot sauce.

Veggie Aubergine Burger

• Burger buns (store-bought or homemade )
• 1 Aubergine
• Piri Piri Sauce or any other burger sauce
• Lettuce

1. Slice the aubergine into slices, roughly as thick as a finger and score them on all sides. Sprinkle a little salt on them and let them sit for a few minutes. Dry off thee moisture that has accumulated on the aubergine slices, brush a little olive oil on them and season with a little salt.
2. Grill the aubergine slices in a hot griddle pan or grill four to five minutes on each side until they form griddle lines. You can also bake them at 180°C for about 20-25 minutes, flipping halfway through cooking time, this retains a meatiers texture.
3. Once the aubergine patties are done start building your burger by spreading the piri piri sauce on both sides of your bun (toast the bun if you prefer to do so). Put the aubergine on one half of the bun and add some onion slices (fresh or pickled) Add the lettuce and put the other half of the bun on top.

Well, there you have an easy and delicious recipe for an aubergine veggie burger. It is a delicious alternative for anyone who wants to cut down on meat and overly processed foods (such as beyond burgers). You can make this as spicy as you like. I hope you enjoyed this blogpost and have a great day. Stay safe and wear a mask!

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