Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Pantry Challenge Day 11 - Oat and Bean Burgers

Of all the "burger" recipes I have tried since becoming vegan, this is by far my favorite. It tastes awesome and it holds up without squishing through the bun. This recipe surprises me how good it is. Really good. Like I can't wait to have it for lunch good. Even without the vegan cheese, which I used up last night. And it is really, really simple, which makes me like it that much more. Throw it together while you are making dinner tonight, and your dinner is essentially done for tomorrow night, too!

I served these with leftover mashed potatoes and gravy and some pan-roasted broccoli. Was wishing for some french fries, but alas - no potatoes left in the pantry…….

Oat and Bean Burgers - makes 8 patties

2 cups rolled oats
1 - 1 1/2 cups cooked pinto or black beans, mashed
2 cups water
1 cup soy milk
2 veggie bullion cubes
1 1/2 tsp marmite
2 tsp Kitchen Bouquet
1 tbs dried herbs - you choose - I used italian seasoning, basil, thyme, and rosemary
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1 cup vital gluten

In a large saucepan, bring water and soy milk to boil. Add oats, beans, and remaining ingredients except vital gluten. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 5-7 minutes.

Remove from heat and stir well. Add gluten and mix well. Taste for seasoning and adjust as necessary.

Transfer mixture to a bowl or loaf pan, cover, and let set in the fridge overnight.

When ready to serve, shape oat and bean mixture into 8 patties. Heat 2 tbs oil in a skillet. Fry patties until brown and crispy on both sides. Serve on buns with your favorite burger toppings. Don't forget the french fries!

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