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Aug 4, 2014 11:34 AM

veggie burger fail...what to do now?

So I tried to make beet burgers, but they totally crumbled in the frying pan, and now I am left with delicious but decidedly not burger-like beet-brown rice-lentil crumbles. I don't exactly wanted to throw them you think they can be salvaged?

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    1. I like eLizard's suggestion below.

      And I would also use the "crumbles" you made pretty much anywhere ground meat could be a casserole, in a pasta dish, in a sauce etc...

      I've been a vegetarian for over 20 years now..and I still have veggie-patty failure from time to time!

      1. If you're vegetarian (not vegan) eggs and cheese will glue together damned near anything..!! :)
        Mix your crumblies with an egg or two and some shredded melty cheese.

        Recipes never say this (??!) but after you mix it together chill in the fridge- this lets everything set up and makes patties a LOT easier to form and helps them stay together.

        After chilling at least two hours form patties and bake- don't flip until you think they are almost all the way done. Bake at 350 for 25-35min, then flip and bake another 5-10min. Let cool on the pan a bit before taking them off.

        Or, use the same egg and cheese addition and cram it all in a loaf pan for meatless loaf.

        For a vegan version i would use pureed lentils or white beans as the "glue" along with a flax egg and maybe some daiya if you have it on hand and follow the same chill/bake or make a loaf.

        1. I eat some amazing tacos at a local restaurant that has vegan options. They use their lentil burger crumbles in them, and it's to die for. Heat up corn tortillas for your base. Then top with the burger crumbles, onions, and cilantro. I'm not big on onions, but I love them in these tacos.