real food. real life.
As a home cook, I especially love the simplicity of vegan-style cooking. Real, basic ingredients. Brought together in creative ways that make amazing flavours. Spices really enhance each dish, especially in a veggie burger. They can be made from a variety of base ingredients, anything that, when combined, creates that perfect blend that satisfies the burger crave!
A couple pointers:
1) Make ahead of time and refrigerate for 30 minutes or longer. Overnight, if you can. They will firm up and hold together much better on the grill or frying pan, or you could even bake in the oven on a low-isn heat.
2) Right before grilling, lightly brush a little olive oil on each side. This will reduce the chances of it sticking to the grill. If baking or frying, be sure to use a greased pan!
3) Taste it before you cook it. By tasting it before, you'll know if you added enough spice.
4) Don't blend the ingredients too much. Just enough to combine it, not puree it. If it's purred it loses some of it's flavour, especially if using sweet potato, and can get way too sticky.
Total Time: 10-40 minutes to prepare (depending on prepping sweet potato/rice) + cooling time
(This recipe made 5-6 good sized burgers)
1 can of black beans, rinsed
1 medium sweet potato, cubed and cooked* (should make about 3 cups)
1/2 cup brown rice, cooked and cooled*
2-3 tbsp of oats or breadcrumbs, if needed to reduce stickiness
1/2 onion or green onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp: sea salt
1 tsp: cumin, paprika
1 tbsp: cilantro
Spicy Mayo Ingredients:
1-2 Tbsp of mayo (depending on how much you want!)
1/2 tsp of each: cumin, paprika, cilantro, chilli powder
Sprinkle of sea salt/pepper
What to do:
1) *Make sure you have your sweet potato and rice cooked. It tastes better to have roasted sweet potato, rather than boiled. It just takes a bit longer - 30 minutes in the oven under 400 degrees fahrenheit. Just chop them up, spread them on a pan, and drizzle with olive oil. Bake, uncovered. Cook your brown rice according to the package. Once these 2 main ingredients are cooked, cool them slightly in the fridge for a few minutes before using.
2) Okay, now that everything is cooked and ready to use, let's get started. First, place sweet potato, rice, and rinsed beans in the food processor. Pulse for just a short, short bit. DO NOT PUREE. Just look to combine them.
3) Once combined, remove and place into a large bowl. Add the remaining ingredients. Mix together using your hands to have everything incorporated.
4) Form into balls, should make about 5-6. Flatten into patties. Be careful not to make them too thin or they'll fall apart on the grill. Make a nice thick burger!
5) Refrigerate for 30 or more minutes. Overnight if you have the time. They'll firm up and be easier to grill.
6) Once ready to grill, lightly brush with olive oil. Grill for just a few minutes on each side. Remember that everything in the burger is already cooked! You're just looking to heat them up and get some awesome grill marks to bring out the flavour.
7) Serve immediately, so they are at the peak of flavour. I recommend serving them on a bun, lettuce, and tomato with some spicy mayo! Ingredients listed above, just mix together the mayo and spices. Some other suggestions to serve the burger with are guacamole, salsa, or just your go-to ketchup and mustard! Or, you could be like Hannah, and just eat it plain, no bun or anything :)
*You can freeze these, as well! They last quite awhile in the freezer :)