Burgers

by abbamoses

We’ve been enjoying these on fast days. They don’t taste anything like hamburgers, but they do taste very good, and you can eat them on a bun. Add a salad and you have a complete meal.

Bean Burgers
1 onion
1 carrot
3 cups = about 2 cans = about 600 grams cooked beans (black or pinto)
1 15 oz can diced tomatoes, with juices
1/2 cup = 2 oz dry rolled oats
1 Tbsp chili powder and/or curry powder
2 Tbsp oil
salt & pepper
dried herbs, or chopped fresh herbs

Finely chop the onion and grate the carrot.
In a good-sized saucepan, fry the onion gently in oil until softened and lightly browned.
Add the grated carrot and continue frying until it’s soft. Add tomatoes, spices and the oatmeal. Cook briefly to allow the oats to cook a bit.
Pour in the beans and mash them well with a fork or the back of a big spoon.
Form the bean mixture into hamburger-sized patties.

At this point you can fry them in a skillet, grill them if you have a grill (we don’t), or (what we do) array them on a cookie sheet and bake them in the oven at 350° for about 30 minutes.

Serve on hamburger buns, with the usual hamburger options: ketchup, lettuce, and pseudo-mayonnaise.

The uncooked burger mixture keeps well in the fridge; in fact, if it’s sat for awhile it tends to hold together better. Think about preparing the mixture one day, cooking it the next.

We cook dry beans, though you can use canned beans too. If you cook the beans yourself, be sure that they’re cooked until they’re a bit mushy and can easily be mashed in with the other ingredients.

Salad
I don’t have to tell you how to make a salad.

Salad Dressing
On wine & oil days, you can make a standard vinaigrette of olive oil, vinegar (rice or wine vinegar preferred), herbs, salt and pepper. You can create some creaminess by whipping in some tahini or hummus.

If you use non-olive oil on strict fast days, just substitute some other vegetable oil for olive oil. It won’t taste quite as good, but oh well.

If you don’t use any oil on strict fast days, you can leave out the oil, stir in some tahini or hummus with vinegar and the other ingredients, and create a pretty good dressing.

A note on pseudo-mayonnaise: Vegenaise and Nayonaise are two brands you can probably find in the health-food section of your grocery store. Both are good. Both depend on oil, naturally, so they’re out if you want to avoid oil.

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