Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Vegan Memorial Day

No reason to feel left out when the grills are being fired up on this sunny holiday!  Our Memorial Day burgers:

Black Bean Burgers

The original recipe is courtesy of Veganomicon and are prepared in a skillet with olive oil. We cooked them on an indoor grill covered in cooking spray.  We covered the burgers with guacamole and tomato slices and served them on whole wheat buns.

Makes 6 burgers

1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup vital wheat gluten
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp cumin
1/4 cup water
1 tbs tomato paste or ketchup
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped (optional)
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1/2 small onion, grated

Mash the beans with a fork in a mixing bowl. You don't want to puree them; just get them mashed so that no whole beans are left, but you should leave half beans.

Add the wheat gluten, bread crumbs, chili powder, cumin water, tomato paste (or ketchup), garlic and cilantro.  Grate the onion in.

Mix everything together with a fork and then kneed with your hands until the mixture is firm and uniformly mixed (about a minute).

Divide the mixture into six balls and then flatten in patties. 

Grill 6-7 minutes on each side until heated through.  Or heat in skillet.

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