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variaas Jun 5, 2007 09:51 AM

Alright, I just finished watching the burger cook off on the Food Network and I want to create the best veggie burger. Before I worry about spices and themes, I want to create a base veggie burger.

I'm going to the grocery store today to buy ingredients to try out a couple recipes, and I would love suggestions. I'm not looking to create a veggie burger that tastes like meat, but one that gives you the same feeling of biting into a big, juicy burger.

Thoughts on a base ingredient - black beans, chick peas, split peas, tofu, mushrooms, etc?

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    renov8r Jun 5, 2007 01:42 PM

    Seitan!

    http://www.vrg.org/recipes/vjseitan.htm

    I've had a patty made with black olives, shiitake mushrooms, seiten, cumin, and other spices that it actually beats most fast food places!

    The olives and mushrooms really given that moist "au jus" feeling as you bite into the patty.

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    1. re: renov8r
      variaas Jun 5, 2007 09:11 PM

      olives...great call!

      1. re: variaas
        lollya Jun 6, 2007 08:42 AM

        Hey v
        I'd start with cooks illustrated's version...it's pretty damn good.
        Also, i made them from scratch from black beans and/or garbanzos...

        Wondering one thing...I'm a veg and i don't want to replicate a burger, i was it to not look like meat or taste like meat - do you feel the same? I think the reason i dislike the grocery store ones is that they try to replicate meat. That might help clarify.

    2. starlady Jun 5, 2007 09:59 PM

      Almonds. Gives a great richness that gives that umami, but not "meatyness"

      I don't know where you are but one of my fave veg restaurants in Victoria, BC put out a cook book and I'm pretty sure it's in there.

      Rebar Modern Food

      Love those burgers.

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