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Bank Holiday Bites

4 MIN READ • 31st March 2023

Hosting a social-distancing barbecue this May Bank Holiday? These delicious burgers and bakes will get you in the mood to celebrate the long weekend.

Turkey Burgers with Chilli Salsa and Onion Rings


  • 1 packet of Mash Direct Spicy Potato Wedges
  • 1 packet of Mash Direct Beer Battered Onion Rings
  • 1 packet of Mallon’s Low Fat Gluten Free Turkey Sausages, skin removed
  • A tiny pinch of chilli flakes
  • A small handful of fresh coriander, finely chopped
  • Salt and freshly milled pepper
    For the chilli salsa:
  • 4 ripe tomatoes, roughly chopped
  • ½ small red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 pinch of chilli flakes
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • Juice of ½ a lime
  • A small handful of coriander, finely chopped
  • Salt and freshly milled pepper
    To serve:
  • 2 gluten free rolls
  • A large handful of baby salad leaves
  • 1 beef tomato, sliced
  • 2 slices cheddar cheese


  1. Place the potato wedges into a preheated oven as per packet instructions.
  2. For the burgers, place the sausage meat into a bowl with chilli flakes, coriander, salt and pepper. Mix well. Roll the mixture into 2 equal size balls and flatten into burger shapes.
  3. Place the onion rings into a hot oven as per packet instructions.
  4. Cook the burgers under a moderate grill for 6-8 minutes on each side, or until the juices run clear.
  5. For the chilli salsa, in a small bowl mix the ingredients together and season.
  6. Cut the rolls in half and lightly toast. Arrange salad leaves onto each toasted roll, top with tomato and cheese slices, a burger, salsa and onion rings. Press the lid on top and serve with wedges and tomato sauce.

Falafel Burgers


  • Cooks & Co chickpeas, drained
  • 1 small red onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, roughly chopped
  • Small bunch parsley
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp ground coriander
  • ½ tsp harissa paste (or chilli powder)
  • 1 tbsp plain flour
  • 2 tbsp sunflower oil
  • Burger buns
  • Salad and condiments of your choice


  1. In a food processor place the chickpeas, red onion, garlic, parsley, cumin, ground coriander, harissa paste/chilli powder and flour. Season with salt and pepper then blitz until fairly smooth.
  2. Shape into patties then heat the oil in a frying pan and fry the falafel for 3 minutes on each side, or until golden.
  3. Assemble the burgers using salad and condiments of your choice.

Easy Flourless Bakes From California Walnuts

Walnut and Cinnamon Puff Pastry Buns


  • 2 rolls of puff pastry
  • 250g walnuts (chopped)
  • 4 tablespoons of dairy free butter
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon
  • Teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons of maple syrup and more for glazing
  • 2 tablespoons of light brown sugar


  1. Preheat the oven to 180c and lightly grease a muffin tin.
  2. Next melt the butter in the microwave and combine with the cinnamon, vanilla extract, maple syrup and light brown sugar.
  3. Roll the sheets of puff pastry out and brush the butter mixture on top so they are both completely covered. Now sprinkle 2/3 of the chopped walnuts over the two sheets.
  4. With the longest side facing you roll each sheet up into a tight log. Repeat with the second.
  5. Cut each roll into 6 pieces and place each piece into the muffin tin. Place the tin in the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes.
  6. Once cooled slightly remove from the tin, glaze with maple syrup and top with the remaining chopped walnuts. Enjoy!

Walnut and Banana Breakfast Traybake


  • 175g walnuts
  • 75g dairy free butter (melted)
  • 150g oats 350g oat flour (blended oats into oat flour)
  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 3 tablespoons of maple syrup
  • 1 flax egg (1 tablespoon of ground flaxseed mixed with 2 tablespoons of water left for 10 minutes)
  • 170ml dairy free milk
  • 50g smooth peanut butter or tahini
  • 2 tablespoons of cacao nibs (optional)
  • Dairy free yoghurt to serve


  1. Preheat the oven to 180c and line a rectangular baking tray with parchment paper.
  2. Begin by mashing the bananas and combining with the melted butter, vanilla extract, maple syrup, flax egg, dairy free milk and peanut butter.
  3. Next finely chop or blend 100g of the walnuts into fine crumbs. Add to a separate bowl along with the oats, oat flour, ground cinnamon, baking powder and cacao nibs. Combine.
  4. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and thoroughly combine before emptying into the baking tray and flattening down.
  5. Chop the remaining 75g of walnuts and sprinkle on top. Push them down gently into the mixture.
  6. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes before allowing to cool slightly and cutting into portions. Serve with some yoghurt and enjoy!

Chocolate Orange California Walnut Flapjacks


  • 300g dates (pitted)
  • 600g oats
  • 200g golden syrup
  • 180g California Walnuts, plus more for decorating
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • Zest of 2 oranges
  • Juice from 1 orange
  • 2 tablespoons of cacao powder
  • 60g dark chocolate (melted)


  1. Preheat the oven to 180c and line a rectangular baking tray with parchment paper.
  2. Begin by covering your dates in boiling water and leaving for 10 minutes. Then drain and add to a blender or mash until a paste is formed. Don’t worry if there are still chunks of dates.
  3. Add the golden syrup, vanilla extract and orange juice and combine.
  4. Now chop the walnuts into small chunks and combine in a large bowl with the oats and cacao powder. Save a tablespoon of orange zest for decorating and add the rest to the bowl. Combine.
  5. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and combine thoroughly. Empty the mixture into the baking tray and bake in the oven for 20 minutes.
  6. Allow the flapjacks to cool slightly before removing from the tin and cutting into squares.
  7. Decorate with the melted dark chocolate and the remaining orange zest. Enjoy!
Meet the writer
Daniella Gray
Senior content writer

Daniella is senior content writer at Health & Wellbeing magazine, which combines her love for writing, food and fitness. Daniella’s love of glossy magazines began when she’d steal copies of her mum’s Marie Claire and buy the latest... Discover more

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