Vegan Veggie Burgers 2

One of my favorite parts of summer is veggie burgers.  I know its summer when I feel tempted to either grill everything, or eat everything raw.  (I tend to go on raw food kicks in the nice weather, it’s a wonderful time because dinner is chop chop and done)

I have been trying to perfect the veggie burger for a while.  It is way trickier then I ever imagined.  The balance between dry and wet ingredients is the hardest part, since I don’t love the idea of using bread crumbs.  Because usually the burgers are served on bread and that makes me feel like I am eating a lot of bread for one sitting.  And I always try to cram the most possible amount of veggies which are generally lots of water. These are things that keep me up at night.

A while back we bought some amaranth, which I was excited to try out. For those of you who are not familiar with amaranth, it is an “ancient grain” that it very small and round.  It looks like a tiny quinoa.  And, actually, I was quite surprised by how similar the texture was to quinoa when it was cooked. It really is like a tiny quinoa!! It also cooks up in about 20 minutes which is fantastic.  One thing that was a bit different from quinoa was that when it cooked it formed a kind of gel, much like steel cut oats when you cook them.  It seemed like the texture might be right for veggie burger, so I thought I would give it a whirl!

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I am really pleased with how these came out, they are delicious but neutral enough to carry any kind of condiments your heart desires (I really liked them with a little bbq sauce, or some ketchup/mustard/pickles).  I was just super excited that they worked. And the amaranth got kind of crispy when cooked which was fun.  I made the amaranth in advance, which was pretty handy, and I highly suggest because it gives it a chance to gel.  So if you can think ahead to do that you can have these on the table in no time at all.

Health highlight of amaranth: Amaranth is a relative of quinoa, so nutritionally it is quite similar.  Amaranth is high in protein for a grain, and although unlike quinoa it is not a complete protein, it still contains some essential amino acids that most other grains lack.  It is very high in fiber, and is a very digestible grain, so it is very good for digestive health.  Amaranth can also help lower cholesterol, and is completely gluten free.  It is a rich source of calcium and iron, nutrients that are important to a vegetarian and vegan diet.  Amaranth is also a good source of manganese, which is important because it plays a significant role in energy creation and antioxidant activity.  It also can play a role in helping prevent migraines because of it’s magnesium content.

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Vegan Veggie Burgers
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Serves: 6
 
Ingredients
  • 1½ cups cooked Amaranth (1½ cups water simmered with ½ cup amaranth for 25 mins)
  • 3 ounces Baby Bella Mushrooms (chopped finely)
  • 1 cup Spinach (2 big handfuls) (chopped finely)
  • 1 Carrot (shredded)
  • ½ cup Oat Flour
  • ¼ cup Ground Flax
  • Salt and Pepper (to taste)
  • Olive Oil (to cook)
Instructions
  1. In a medium bowl stir all the ingredients together – set aside
  2. Preheat a pan
  3. Add the oil to the pan
  4. Using an ice cream scooper, scoop out the burgers into the hot pan
  5. Flatten with a spoon or spatula
  6. Cook on each side until golden (about 4 mins per side)

 

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