How to make a healthy meal out of mealworms

  • 4 February 2013
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Watch Stefan make a meal out of mealworms

TV chef Stefan Gates has come up with healthy alternative to the beef burger - but you might think twice about eating it.

That's because it's made out of worms!

Stefan reckons that there are nearly 2000 worms you can eat and mealworms contain loads of good stuff like protein, and are really easy to cook.

Check out the clip of him testing out his worm burgers, or read on for his recipe to make them for yourself!

Stefan's mealworm burgers

You need to add a fair bit of oil as the freeze-drying process makes the meat very dry.

Ingredients

100g/3½oz fresh mushrooms, roughly chopped

2 garlic cloves, finely chopped

1 tbsp white wine vinegar

1 tsp honey

140g/5oz freeze-dried mealworms

2 anchovy fillets

3 tbsp olive oil, plus extra for frying

50g/2oz walnuts, chopped

1 tsp fresh thyme, finely chopped

½ tsp finely chopped fresh rosemary

salt and freshly ground black pepper

plain flour, for dusting

To serve

2 soft white burger buns

tomato slices

lettuce

ketchup or mayonnaise

Preparation method

1.Put a frying pan onto a medium heat and add a splash of oil. Add the mushrooms and fry for 8-10 minutes or until they just start to soften and brown. Add the garlic and fry for a minute longer. Add the vinegar and honey and keep cooking until there's just a little syrup alongside the mushrooms.

2.Put the mushrooms into a food processor, along with the mealworms, anchovy fillets, oil, nuts, fresh herbs. Season well with salt and pepper.

3.Blitz in the processor until you have a smooth paste (add more olive oil if it still looks too gritty or dry). Then dust your hands with a little flour and make the paste into two good-sized burgers.

4.Put another good splash of oil in the frying pan and fry the burgers until browned and crisp on each side. Serve in a bun with lashings of your favourite condiments.