A manly, hearty, healthy alternative to prepackaged veggie burgers. They can be made ahead of time, are nutritious, affordable, easy, and freezable.
• 1/4 cup of vegetable broth or water, for sautéing
• 1 medium onion, diced
• 4 garlic cloves, minced
• 13 oz. baby Bella mushrooms, sliced
• 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
• 1 tbsp garlic powder
• 2 tbsp soy sauce or tamari
• 1 tbsp mirin
• 1 tbsp sriracha
• 2 cups freshly cooked brown rice, slightly cooled - key to having the burgers stick together
• 1/3 cup raw walnut pieces
• 3 tbsp ground flaxseed
• 1 cup panko bread crumbs, divided into two 1/2 cups
• Burger buns and desired burger fillings
• Salt and pepper to taste
• Non stick cooking spray if grilling, for a no oil option see Baking below
1. In a large frying pan add 1/4 cup of vegetable broth or water, the onion, and garlic. Sauté over medium heat for 3 minutes. Add in the mushrooms and continue to sauté for 7 to 8 minutes, stirring occasionally. Sauté until browned and most of the water has been cooked out.
2. Add in the smoked paprika and garlic powder and stir to combine. Then add in the soy sauce, mirin, and sriracha. Stir to combine, then remove the pan from heat and allow to cool for 5 minutes.
3. In a food processor add the mushroom mixture, cooked brown rice, walnuts, ground flaxseed, 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs, and process until combined. You will need to stop and scrape down the sides a few times. It should hold together but still have a bit of texture.
4. In a large mixing bowl add the burger mixture from the food processor and the other 1/2 cup of the panko bread crumbs. Mix to combine and add salt and pepper as desired. Form 6 to 8 burgers and then refrigerate them for 20 to 30 minutes before grilling/baking.
Grilling or Stove Top option: Spray your grill/cast iron pan lightly with non stick cooking spray. Grill the burgers on a medium to low heat for 6 to 7 minutes per side. Respray with cooking oil as needed.
Baking (OIL FREE option): Preheat the oven to 375 F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place the burger on the parchment paper lined baking sheet and bake 15 minutes per side.
5. Serve on a bun (or not) with desired burger fillings.
makes 8 veggie patties.
Note: These burgers can be made in advance and stored in the fridge until ready to cook. You can also cook them, allow them to cool, then freeze them until ready to eat. Reheat in the oven or toaster oven at 400 F. for 10 to 15 minutes or until heated through.
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