Store-bought frozen veggie burgers are convenient but so often bland, stodgy, overly processed and just not worth it. This recipe delivers a delicious burger with soft, but not mushy texture inside, a bit of crispiness on the outside and plenty of rich umami flavor as well as substance. It takes a bit of work but it is definitely worth the effort. Even my non-vegan husband declared that this is his favorite vegan dish of all times and he would eat it every week. And, coming from him, this is really an indication of a successful recipe.
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The original recipe was adapted from America's Test Kitchen book "Vegan for Everybody". Of course, I had to make some modifications to make it clean and gluten-free. I used millet instead of wheat-based bulgur, which bulked the burgers up and added some substance. Mushrooms and ground cashews provided umami flavor and gluten-free bread crumbs tied it all up and made the mixture cohesive.
I decided to skip the buns for this recipe, because it is nearly impossible to find vegan gluten-free ones which taste good. You can serve these burgers in a variety of ways: with fresh lettuce, tomatoes, and onions, sliced avocado, baked sweet potatoes, as cakes with a sauce of your choice, with cooked buckwheat and mushroom gravy on top, etc. Whichever way you choose, you will be eating a healthy, delicious meal with no soy, refined sugars, gluten, pea protein isolates or any other heavily processed ingredients.
What you won't be doing is dealing with the digestive distress or loads of acidity from breaking down that traditional meat burger.
If you are trying to limit or replace meat, this burgers make a great transitional food since they are hearty and dense, and packed with nutrients, fiber and minerals. You can reduce the amount of oil by frying them on a dry, nonstick skillet. They may not be as crispy on the outside, but will still be delicious.
So, give it a try and let me know what you think.
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This recipe is
Refined Sugar Free
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