4 Steps to Making a Homemade Veggie Burger

200280983-001When veggie burgers first became a popular food item, their taste often left much to be desired. Now, however, gourmet chefs have learned how to cook veggie burgers that are savory and able to maintain the appropriate texture. You don’t have to go out to a restaurant to get a great veggie burger, though. With this recipe, you can make them in your own kitchen. You don’t need many ingredients to make a great tasting veggie burger, and you’ll save a lot of money.

Step 1

Dry and mash lentils or chickpeas as a base. Separate chickpeas into two batches. Puree one half with a little flour and baking powder. Roughly chop the second batch. This process helps the veggie burgers from becoming mushy.

Many recipes call for black beans, but the lentils and chickpeas have a milder flavor that won’t overpower the burger as a whole.

Step 2

Sauté leeks and garlic in oil. You can also sauté and add celery. Roast eggplant and mushrooms until deeply browned. Chop all ingredients from Step 2 in a food processor.

Leeks are preferable to other types of onions, and they provide a mild flavor that blends well into the background. Eggplant is a surprise vegetable that helps hold the patty together, and mushrooms add a punch of flavor in a very similar manner as meat.

Step 2

Add cashews and pine nuts to the food processor for extra texture and flavor. For even more flavor, add some marmite to the mix. Marmite has a very strong flavor, so only a little bit is needed.

Step 3

Add barley and breadcrumbs to help the mixture stay together. Cook immediately after adding the breadcrumbs.

Step 4

Divide mixture into about four patties. Grill patties on foil for about eight minutes. Flip the patties and grill for eight more minutes. To bake the patties, place them on a baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes on each side.

Whether you’re a vegan, vegetarian, have health restrictions or just plain like veggie burgers, this recipe is bound to make them a popular meal in your home.

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Everything But The Chef’s Hat: Cooking Tips

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You want to find the best tips available for how to make sure that your cooking is not only healthy, but also tastes good. This is an important combination to consider when making sure that both you and everyone eating your food is happy. Here are some great tips to follow.

Indenting the center of a hamburger patty by up to one half inch will prevent bulging during cooking. Just a poke in the middle prior to cooking will allow a more even distribution of heat and will stop your burger from swelling on the top, something most of us are all too familiar with.

A must when cooking is the availability of sharp knives. Not only can it be difficult to cut with dull knives, but it is dangerous to use them too. If you use a dull knife you will need to exert more force to get the job done and run the risk of cutting yourself, whereas with a sharpened knife you can do your prep work easier and quicker.

Use a collapsible steamer basket to make the best steamed vegetables. These devices are available widely and cheaply. They can slip into almost any pot you already have and can be used for almost any vegetable you would like to enjoy. Be sure to watch your cook time to avoid getting mushy vegetables.

When you broil a steak, heat your broiler to the appropriate temperature before putting the steak in. The result will be a seared steak on the outside, with a very juicy inside. The broiling process should also be quick, but will vary depending on how well done you want your steak to be. Over cooking can lead to a dried out end result.

To summarize, you want to make sure that not only are you preparing a delicious meal, but that you are doing so in a manner that is healthy. This can be hard to do unless you know some of the key tips provided here in this article. Hopefully, they will work for you!