Vegan Burger Inspired By a Special Request at the WAVE
I recently had lunch with my Mom (the first Traveling Gal!) at the Wave in the Contemporary Resort. I had a taste for a burger (but Vegan of course!). The Wave has the bison burger on the menu, but no alternatives listed. I asked our server if the chef could prepare a vegan burger and she said yes! It was wonderful. In retrospect, I should have asked for the ingredients but we were enjoying our meal and then in a hurry to get back to our pool and the sun. I like the Wave, but we always feel like we are missing out on a beautiful day when we are inside this first floor restaurant.
When I returned home, I started researching possible ingredients for this burger which had a texture closest to ground beef that I have had in a vegan version. It was suggested in a few places to try black rice. I like black rice and the texture and look seemed to fit so I decided to try it. This is the recipe I put together:
VEGAN BURGER Inspired by the Wave
- 1 cup black rice
- 1 cup lentils
- 1 can black beans
- I can cannellini beans
- Diced onion
- Mushrooms (or any vegetables you like to add)
- Garlic powder (or any seasonings you like)
- Add ¼ to ½ cup of oatmeal to keep the burgers together ***
I cooked the lentils and black rice together in 4 cups of water. I decided not to sauté the mushrooms and onions so I added them as is. I am sure they would taste great sautéed too.
In a large bowl I mashed the black beans, cannellini beans, rice and lentils with a potato masher. I then added the veggies and seasonings. I shaped into patties and put in the refrigerator for a couple hours. Cooling the patties seems to help them keep their shape.
In the meantime, I decided to make healthy french fries. I cut up russet potatoes into strips and seasoned them lightly with garlic powder and sea salt. Since I needed to use the oven anyways, I thought I would try baking some of the burgers and frying some of the burgers to see which was better. I would really like to try these on the grill. I can only imagine they would taste great. I have never used the grill and I am a bit uneasy to try it. Maybe that will be one of my next projects!
I baked the french fries in the over at 400 degrees for about 35 minutes and added the burgers in the oven about halfway through and baked them for 10 minutes and then flipped them and baked the other half for 10 minutes. In the meantime, I also fried burgers on the stove in my Scanpan which does not even require oil.
The finished product looked and tasted very good, however it did not stick together well enough. It ended up being like more of a sloppy joe. The baked version turned out to stick together better than the fried. Next time, I will add some oatmeal to keep the burgers together ***. I used avocado as a topping on the burger and it was a perfect complement. The fries added a lot too. Cooking is always a learning process!