Veggie Burger

Photo Source: BonAppetit.com

Photo Source: BonAppetit.com

This creative and delicious recipe from Bon Appetit Magazine serves up 4 tasty burgers. Perfect for grilling season!

Refrigerated resting is key to these burgers’ success. Air-chilling helps dry the burgers out slightly so they stick together in the skillet.

Ingredients

  • ½ cup wheat berries
  • Kosher salt
  • ½ ounce dried porcini mushrooms
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 8 ounces shiitake mushrooms, stems removed, caps thinly sliced
  • 1 15-oz. can chickpeas, rinsed
  • 1½ teaspoons Bragg liquid aminos or reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 medium carrot, peeled, finely grated
  • 1 large egg, beaten to blend
  • 4 ounces sharp cheddar, thinly sliced
  • 4 seeded whole grain buns, toasted
  • Mayonnaise, ketchup, mustard, sliced tomato, avocado, and/or alfalfa sprouts (for serving)

Prep:

Cook wheat berries in a medium saucepan of boiling salted water until tender (they will remain quite chewy), 45–50 minutes. Drain, spread out on a baking sheet, and let cool.

Meanwhile, place porcini mushrooms in a small bowl and cover with 1 cup very hot water. Let stand 20 minutes to soften; drain, reserving ¼ cup mushroom soaking liquid.

Heat 2 Tbsp. oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add shallot and cook, stirring often, until softened, about 3 minutes. Add shiitake mushrooms and cook, tossing occasionally, until golden brown and tender, 6–8 minutes. Transfer shallot and shiitake mushrooms to a food processor. Add chickpeas and rehydrated porcini mushrooms and pulse until coarsely chopped. Add wheat berries, liquid aminos, and reserved mushroom soaking liquid and process until fairly smooth (mixture should still have some texture). Transfer to a large bowl; season with salt and pepper and fold in carrot and egg. Form mixture into four 5” patties; place on a plate and chill, uncovered, at least 30 minutes.

Heat remaining 2 Tbsp. oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook patties until deeply browned, about 4 minutes per side. Top patties with cheese, cover skillet, and cook until cheese is melted, about 1 minute.

Serve patties on toasted buns with desired toppings.

DO AHEAD: Patties can be formed 24 hours ahead. Keep chilled.

 

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