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Fantastic Veggie Burgers

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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:

    http://www.101cookbooks.com/archives/...

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    1. re: abud

      Here's the CHOW recipe: http://www.chow.com/recipes/10988 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 http://www.gofarmy.org/
      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!