Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Best Vegan Burgers

Best Vegan Burgers

Best Vegan Burgers 
(Makes 8 good size burgers)

* 1 cup oats put in food processor and blended into flour. 
* 1/2 cup large onion, diced in food processor
* 1 can cooked black beans, pureed in food processor
* 1 large garlic clove, minced or 1 tsp garlic powder
* 1.5 tsp chili powder
* 1 tsp. cumin
* 1 tsp. oregano
* 2.5 tbsp ground flax 
* 1/2 cup warm water
* 3/4 cup gluten free baking mix (mine is made by Arrowhead Mills).
* 1-2 scoops (20 grams) pea protein powder
* 1 grated carrot
* 1/3 cup almonds, chopped
* 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
* Salt to taste

Preheat oven to 350 F. 
Put 1 cup oatmeal in food processor and process until made into flour. You can also use a coffee grinder (not one you use for coffee).
Chop onion and beans in food processor (or dice and mash). 
Put onion, beans and oat flour in a bowl and mix.
Add spices, flax meal, gluten free baking mix, pea protein powder, carrot and nuts. Blend well with a fork, then add water. Salt to taste.

Add a little more water if the mix is too dry (I didn't have to add more water). The water helps to get the flax meal and baking mix working so it binds everything together with the beans. Some recipes tell you to mix the flax with water first. I never do this because I end up with lumps of flax that won't blend into the rest of the ingredients. 

Make into patties (helps to have your hands slightly wet) and place on lightly oiled baking sheet. Don't make the patties too thick or they will be doughy on the inside. Squash the patties flat so they are not too fat in the middle.

Bake for 20 to 30 minutes. (Frying would work too if you want them crispier.)

You can make these patties and freeze them on a cookie sheet raw for baking at a later date. I cooked mine, then froze them. 

I've been a veggie since 1980. These are some of the best veggie burgers I've found. But, you must modify to your family's tastes (I never follow a recipe 'exactly'). We love these burgers!!
The next time I made these, I made them thinner.  They were not so doughy. ;) 

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