September 21, 2009

Raw Vegan Veggie Burgers!

Duders, I have a good one for you tonight. I don't know how it happened, but lately I've become somewhat of a recipe breeder. I come across a recipe I like, then find another that may or may not have ingredients in common with the first, and somehow a third recipe is born. Luckily, this has all worked out favorably thus far! Remember Guacanara? How about Rawsta a la Rawdka? All hybrid recipes.

Why am I not making money from this?

Anyway, once upon a time (last night), HEAB's sunburger recipe made sweet, sweet love to Gena's sunflower seed and carrot pate, and a raw vegan veggie burger was born.

I kept the ingredients to a simple yet flavorful minimum and let all the contrasting textures and flavors do the talking for this meal.

I plopped a burger on top of a big bed of organic spring mix and dressed the salad with dulse and leftover carrot miso dressing of love and amazingness. The little red blob on the burger is a dab of hot sauce, just for shiggles.

And on the side, I enjoyed a cup of Gena's raw red pepper & coconut soup. My second coconut-cracking experience went far quicker and smoother than the first, and I had this soup in and out of the blender in a jiff. I followed the recipe fairly exactly, though I added a teaspoon of nama shoyu to temper the natural coconutty sweetness a bit. I love the cream base that coconut provides! The good fats leave you feeling satisfied but still light after slurping it down.

This soup tastes great with a few cranks from the salt and pepper grinders!

But I digress. Veggie burgers, right.

Raw Vegan Sunny Carrot Burgers

Ingredients:
  • 4 large carrots, grated
  • 2 cups raw sunflower seeds, soaked at least 1 hour
  • 1 scallion stalk, chopped (discard bulb)
  • 4 sundried tomatoes
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 packet stevia
Directions:
  1. Grate carrots by hand or in a food processor. Set aside in a large bowl.
  2. Combine all other ingredients in a food processor and blend until you have a pate-ish consistency and no large chunks remain.
  3. Empty contents of the food processor into the bowl with the carrots.
  4. Use your hands to work the carrot shreds into the nut pate.
  5. Shape into patties by the 1/3 cupful and serve/refrigerate/freeze.
Makes 9 burgers

I had the veggie burger salad with soup both for dinner last night and lunch at work today but froze the rest of the patties with wax paper separating them. I'm now armed with the "meat" of a hearty vegan entree for many meals to come! All for but a few minutes of work. And trust me, I've worked MUCH harder on single meals that took me less time to eat than to prepare! I have a feeling I'll be very glad to have these burgers on hand one day soon.

I may try un-rawing one of these babies next time I eat one. I'm curious to see how they come out if I try throwing them on the grill/in the oven/on the stove. I could see this being the basis of a cozy meal along with some roasted veggies and sweet potato once the weather turns cold for serious.

I haven't experimented much with homemade veggie burger recipes, but in my limited experience, these are my favorite! I'm somewhat of a veggie burger snob, I will admit it. HEAB hit on a pet peeve of mine in the same post that contained her sunburger recipe. The peeve is quite simply this: if I order a veggie burger at a restaurant, DO NOT thaw out a Gardenburger and slap a 2-digit price tag on it! It is such experiences that have all but turned me off ordering veggie burgers at restaurants, period.

That said, I'm a sucker for a homemade, hand-shaped veggie burger made with whole-food ingredients, and it has come down to the fact that I have to take matters into my own hands, literally, in order to achieve the kind of satisfaction (and taste) that I want from a veggie burger.

Trust me, if you take half an hour from your life to smoosh up a batch (or two) of burgers like these and chuck 'em in the freezer, the boxed variety may just become a thing of the past.

Question for any freezer section connoisseurs: which brand do you think makes the best veggie burger? After all is said and done, I think we should at least establish our safety net, should our homemade veggie burger plans fall by the wayside. :)

15 comments:

happyherbivore.com said...

come to me tasty! making asap!

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said...

What a freakin' winner of a recipe! Woo hoo, kids, we have a winner.

I have so many issues with veggie burgers it's sick. First, the boxed variety contain soy first and foremost (I can't do soy) and also of course wheat gluten and dairy, either overt or trace. Again, can't hang. So the boxed burgers are out.

Well there's the expensive sunflower seed variety that are drown in sodium...not so into that either.

Moving along to homemade types, and I posted this on HEABs page when she did her post on this a couple weeks ago, is that most veggie burgers are really bean heavy. And me and beans aren't always friends.

What I LOVE about your recipe is there's no beans, no soy, no ridic amt of salt...perfect! Keeper for the winter time, fa sure.

And I bet I could dehydrate them a smidge for added wow factor.

As to the comment you left on my blog today...girl, you dont want a dehydrator til you get a BIG kitchen. It's a huge item and if you have limited counter space, it will consume all you've got, period. It's been fun n handy, won't lie, but wait til you have the room. It's like getting a great dane if you are an apt dweller, just not practical.

Oh and I love how I made carrot pancakes and you made carrot burgers. Rock on!

GF Gidget said...

Those sound awesome! My fav store bought veggie burgers are Sunshine Burgers. (since i can't eat gluten or dairy).
Averie: I think there is a brand of Bahama Rice Burgers that are gluten, dairy, and soy free. Just fyi.

Gina said...

I just did a post about veggie burgers and Amy's and Boca came in #1 and #2. Personally I really like Morning Star, but Amy's is probably my favorite! But who knows, your homemade veggie burger sounds AWESOME! And that soup, wow, I love the coconut in it, very unique.

katherine said...

Yum! Yum! Yum! Between Gena's carrot fries and your veggie burgers, I'm going to turn into one big carrot!

I don't know if it counts as a veggie burger per se, but Trader Joe's makes some kind of masala burger that is DIVINE!

fitforfree said...

I am so excited about this recipe love child!!! it looks so yummy!

Fave frozen burgers = sunshine burgers and Amy's Texas style!

Erica said...

mmmm this looks so good! Love it on top of the spring mix. I am so with you that simple foods are often the best! I usually find myself ordering things I could easily make at home at restaurants! But I figure the treat is that I don't have to do anything, not necessarily in how complicated the food is to put together :) Plus its nice to not have to plan out the meal. Hope you have a wonderful day lady!

Missy said...

Your burger looks delicious! I used to eat Morninstar Farms burgers every night for dinner but I overdid it and got so sick of them! Time to try something else!

K from ksgoodeats said...

Those look awesome!! I love all the recipes you've been posting lately - they always sound amazing.

Amy's Bistro burgers for when I want a "burger" but I also like the taste of Dr. Praeger's.

Sarah (LovIN My Tummy) said...

When I'm anti soy, I like the Sunshine burgers (Felafel is especially tasty), but for your everyday burger, we like the Morningstar Farms garden veggie patty. Come to think of it, that may not even be vegan. Crap.

hayleycepeda said...

Yet another awesome recipe!! This is going into your recipe folder on my computer. :)

I'd have to say my favorite store-bought burgers are Sunshine Burgers. I just bought Dr. Praeger's from Costco which are supposed to be vegan, but I have yet to try them.

Lizzy said...

the sound of a raw veggie burger makes me so happy, i bet you these are AMAZING

Jenny said...

I am all abut the Amy's veggie burgers, nothin' like 'em!

bangin' recipe ... sunflower seeds are so genius!

Erin of Care to Eat said...

Ahhhhh those look beautiful. You need a recipes tab at this point. My fave are Sunshines!

Anderburf said...

These burgers really good! I just got some organic pepper and Himalayan sea salt from Sustainable Sourcing https://secure.sustainablesourcing.com and I think I'll try them both out in this recipe. Thanks for sharing!