Most Delicious Veggie Burger
This is a family favorite in our house. We all are meat eaters, but often find ourselves craving this delicious and very healthy version of the American classic. I do not attempt to duplicate meat flavor or texture with this burger. I believe that the recipe is so delicious, that there is no reason to trick anyone into believing that they are eating meat. In fact I often put crispy bacon on this burger, since I do not restrict my diet to only vegetables. The recipe is easy to make, and can be made into patties, cooked and then frozen individually, so that I can simply reach in the freezer, pull one out, nuke it and be on with my meal in minutes! I recommend a hearty bun, swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, and rich thousand island dressing to complete the experience. Nirvana!
Slowly pour the dry lentils into a thick bottomed pot that is large enough to hold entirety of ingredients. Be sure to watch carefully for stones that may have escaped the packagers view during processing.
Cover with the water and place on medium - high heat to begin cooking process.
Dice the vegetebles ( carrots, onions, celery, mushrooms) and add to the lentils as they cook.
Mince the garlic and add to pot. Turn the heat down to medium once the mixture starts to boil.
Add the brown rice, the soy sauce, the dry spices and herbs. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally.
As the rice cooks, and the mixture thickens, turn the heat down further, and stir more frequently to prevent the mixture from burning to the bottom of the pot.
Once the mixture has cooked until it is about the consistency of refried beans, add the masa flour in to the mixture and stir very well.
Season with salt if desired and turn off the burner. Let mixture sit until it cools enough for you to handle with your hands.
Form the cooled mixture into approximately 5 oz. burger patties, and cook them in a frying pan or griddle with olive oil until they are golden brown, flipping and repeating on the other side.
Place the cooked burgers on a sheet pan for freezing or serve immediately (or both!)
Place the cooked burger on a toasted bun with your favorite garnishes. Enjoy!
1 gallon water
1 large Spanish onion
6 stalks of celery
3 cloves garlic
8 crimini mushrooms
1-1/2 cup dry brown rice
1-1/2 cup Tamari or Kikkoman soy sauce
2 cups masa flour
1 tsp. ground allspice
1 Tblsp. dry oregano
1 Tblsp dry or fresh thyme chopped fine
1 Tblsp ground black pepper
Sea salt to taste