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Aug 13, 2007 07:33 PM

Fantastic Veggie Burgers

I feel very proud of myself and a bit gloat-y. I bought amazing ground turkey from my CSA in an attempt to replicate my friend's fantastic turkey (and vegetable) burgers. While doing that, I decided to make veggie burgers at the same time, since I was prepping lots of different vegetables and my partner's vegetarian. I did all of it by intuition, and used whatever I had on hand. A rough outline is below.

One cup lentils (dry)--boil until tender.
1/2 cup wheatberries (dry)--boil until tender
2 shallots, sliced and fried
1-2 grated carrots
beet green stalks cut into 1/4 inch chunks
1 red pepper, minced
fresh basil
fresh cilantro
2 tbsp soy sauce
2 tsp spicy/sweet fig mustard
black sesame seeds
1 tsp toasted cumin seeds
aleppo pepper, salt, pepper
2 egg whites

Mash everything up, shape into patties, then bake at 400 for about 10 minutes.

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  1. This sounds yummy--I will try them, thanks! Tried Chow's Veggie burger over the weekend. Very involved but quite good.
    Heidi Swanson's are also incredible:

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    1. re: abud

      Here's the CHOW recipe: Mine is probably less burger-y than theirs, since I don't include TVP, but after years of eating the stuff, I can't stand it anymore.

      I think my recipe would be better with the addition of some nuts--would increase the textural contrast, though the peppers and beet greens did that to some extent.

      I've frozen a bunch of burgers, but haven't tried reheating them--any suggestions? Defrost in fridge then fry? Toaster oven? Nuke?

    2. I should add that the same stuff went into turkey burgers (minus the lentils, and egg whites) and those were incredibly delicious.

      For New Yorkers, my CSA is
      They get their meat from Lewis Waite Farm/CSA Pastured Meat and Poultry which delivers to a bunch of NYC CSAs. I highly recommend their ground turkey!

      If folks have other easy-to-make-into-single-servings-and-take-for-lunch foods that incorporate lots of vegetables, I'd love your recommendations!