They’re pretty on the inside.
Tonight I looked to my Christmas Gift from Laura, a cookbook called “Veggie Burgers Every Which Way” for dinner. This book contains tons of recipes ranging from a basic black bean burger to more creative “burgers” like beet tartare. The recipe that stood out to me the most was for seeded edamame burgers with brown rice and apples. Plus I only needed to buy two new ingredients!
The recipe first called for me to make 1 1/2 cups of brown rice. While that was cooking, I toasted raw sunflower seeds and sesame seeds as well as microwaved some frozen edamame.
After preparing a flax egg, I peeled and apple and used the food processor to get it finely diced.
Next I pulsed a combination of the flax egg, edamame, and toasted seeds in the food processor before adding it to a mixture of diced apples, brown rice, flour, molasses, sesame seed oil, soy sauce, and black pepper.
Then, while olive oil was heating in a pan, I combined the mixture with a spoon.
The recipe called to form 6 patties from the mixture and add them to the hot oil to sear and form a crust. After 2 minutes of searing, I was to turn down the heat to finish cooking, flipping once.
This is where the problems began. The mixture was so wet and was not staying together at all! I kind of plopped some patties down onto the pan and tried to form them with the spoon, but they were still falling apart.
When I attempted to flip the them, I found that the seared crust was more on the burnt side, which didn’t make for pretty burgers.
Before cooking the final two patties, I mushed the mixture more with my hands in hopes it would stick together better. It helped, but they still weren’t super firm veggie burgers.
Thankfully these babies tasted a lot better than they looked! While the flavors weren’t as bold as I was hoping for, it was definitely a nice combination of sweet and savory. I placed one “burger” on a whole wheat english muffin and had some broccoli on the side. I also ended up going back and eating a second patty just on its own. The rest are in the freezer for later, and would probably be really good on top of a salad.
I was a little disappointed with my first recipe from this book, but I think I chose a pretty crazy one. There are so so many others I want to try that like Tuscan White Bean Burgers and Sweet Potato Burgers with Lentils and Kale. The cookbook is really neat in that it explains all the different ingredients that can go into veggie burgers, how to prepare them, and why they are used. The book is divided into bean based burgers, vegetable based burgers, and faux meat burgers. There are also recipes for homemade buns and side dishes!
Hopefully I’ll have better luck next time. For now, I’m consoling myself with grapefruit and dark chocolate chips. I feel better already:)
- Have you ever had a recipe that didn’t quite turn out as you planned?