Jamie Oliver’s Happy Cow Burgers

Jamie Oliver Happy Cow Burger

I set myself a challenge recently: to cook a recipe from Jamie Oliver’s 15 Minute Meals in 15 minutes.

I’m usually a slow cook, because I get distracted by Satine and Isis, so I wasn’t convinced that I’d be able to cook this meal in 15 minutes. Hell, it takes me over 30 minutes just to chop all the ingredients for a vegetarian lasagna.

Jamie Oliver’sΒ Happy Cow Burgers (so named because they contain no cows, I assume) are a spicy vegetarian broad bean and mixed bean burger patty packed full of flavour thanks to cayenne pepper, cumin, coriander and lemon zest. They’re low in fat and very filling too. The coleslaw uses fat-free natural yoghurt instead of mayo, which makes it healthy, fresh and light. The recipe in the cookbook also includes corn on the cob, but I excluded it as a bread roll, burger patty and coleslaw is enough food for one meal for me (the corn section of the recipe would only take a couple of minutes anyway, so I wasn’t really cheating ;) ).

So, how did I go in my self-set challenge?

The first attempt took me 30 minutes, but I was sure that it would be quicker as I became more familiar with the recipe. I tried again this week and dinner was ready in 20 minutes! I was quite pleased with myself.

The key to 15 Minute Meals is to be organised. Have all your ingredients out and ready, pans heating up, oven on, focus on, and distractions away. And you need a food processor – it’s my favourite appliance because it’s such a time-saver.

The only downside to this 15 (20) minute meal? The spectacular mess I made in the kitchen, because I had no time to ‘clean as you go’ ;)

Have you cooked any recipes from 15 Minute Meals or 30 Minute Meals?

Happy Cow Burgers and Old-School Coleslaw

Recipe from Jamie Oliver’s 15 Minute Meals

1 burger patty contains:
147 calories, 1.3g fat, 12.4g protein, 15.8g carbs, 11.5g fibre


  • 1 big bunch fresh coriander
  • 1 x 400g tin of mixed beans
  • 200g frozen broad beans
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 lemon (zest for the burger mix, juice for the coleslaw)
  • 1 heaped tbs plain flour, plus extra for dusting
  • Olive oil
  • 2 large ripe tomatoes
  • Lettuce leaves
  • 4 gherkins
  • 75g fetta cheese
  • 4 burger rolls
  • Tomato ketchup, to serve


  • 1/2 small white and red cabbage (roughly 200g of each)
  • 1/2 a red onion
  • 4 heaped tbs fat-free natural yoghurt
  • 1 heaped tsp wholegrain mustard

Ingredients out – Oven at 130C/250F – Food processor (bowl blade and coarse grater) Β ready – Large frying pan on medium-high heat

Put the coriander stalks into the processor (reserving the leaves), then drain the mixed beans and add, along with the broad beans, a pinch of salt and pepper, the cayenne, cumin, ground coriander, grated lemon zest and flour. Whiz until fine and combined, scraping down the sides of the processor if needed.

Tip the mixture on to a generously flour-dusted board, divide into 4 pieces, then roll each ball into a ball and flatten into a patty about 2.5cm thick, dusting your hands and the burgers with flour as you go.Β Pour 2 tablespoons of olive oil into the frying pan, followed by the burgers, pressing them down with a spatula and flipping them when golden. Slice the tomatoes and gherkins and place on a serving board with lettuce and crumbled fetta. Put the rolls into the oven.

Swap to the grater in the processor, then grate the cabbages and peeled red onion, and tip into a bowl. Chop the coriander leaves and add, with the yoghurt, mustard, and the juice of the zested lemon, then toss well and season to taste.Β Get the buns out of the oven, cut them in half, dollop with tomato sauce, add the burger patties, and let everyone build their own.

Happy Cow BurgersEverything ready to go

Happy Cow Burgers

Happy Cow Burgers

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Filed under Cookbook Author, Healthy, Jamie Oliver, Quick, Recipes, Vegetarian

16 responses to “Jamie Oliver’s Happy Cow Burgers

  1. 15 minutes my “you know what”. It would take me 15 hours to cooking one of his meals, but I still he’s great. Moo. I tried the Quorn hamburger patty on Monday – pretty dang good.

    • Haha! Well he does say it’s not a race and you can take longer if you need ;-)

      I’ll give that Quorn patty a go – I might feel like a DIY Big Mac one day.

  2. So does the 15 minutes only mean cooking time or prep time too? Because I read in the front of one of his books about the necessity of having appliances like food processors (which I agree, are awesome!), so I assumed it would include prep time but maybe not?

    • The 15 minutes includes prep time as in chopping the ingredients etc, but add another few minutes to get everything out and set up / ready :)

  3. Great idea Chanel! And I did wonder what made it a happy cow (I thought that you had to source the meat from a happy cow) but this is even smarter! :D

  4. They look like they held together really well as well. Its hard to get a burger that doesnt either fall to pieces or turn to mush. I need to make these :) Fab work on the veggieness too!

  5. They look great, and as someone who is happy eating cow, I would love to give these a go. Yah, clean up can be a bitch. I am sure Jamie has a clean up crew.

  6. Wow, those burgers look great! I’m a slow cook too and also get distracted. I think investing in a good food processor should be next on my shopping list.

  7. Wow, really good presentation! Nicely done, I’m just getting started in the kitchen and I hear you about clean up!

  8. Oh this looks amazing, I need to look this recipe up in the book.

  9. Jules

    Took less than 15 mins but I only did the burger though. Although a little mushy ( I may have over blitz) it tasted good leaving my mouth tingling. Will definitely give it another go

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