After I create a veggie burger, I begin with a starring vegetable and add supporting substances from there. For me, this strategy creates an countless number of veggie burgers. They’re not meat analogues; there’s no have to mimic meat’s texture or taste or to even consider meat in any respect. Somewhat, they’re expressions of greens — thrilling, colourful greens! — and a carrot, eggplant burger, or beet burger, for instance, can all discover flavors that swimsuit their particular person traits.
So on this recipe, I began with artichokes (canned or frozen, to avoid wasting you the difficulty of prepping recent ones), which invited a lemony profile. I paired them with the gentle taste and creamy texture of white beans, in addition to an herb-infused olive oil for basting. These substances would additionally make a pleasant salad, which is precisely the concept. Fortunately, beans can mash up and cohere. Mixed with my favourite binding agent of instantaneous potato flakes and potato or cornstarch (which retains the burgers vegan and gluten-free), it’s very straightforward to show that salad right into a veggie burger that’s equally scrumptious.
Grilling selfmade veggie burgers, although, presents some challenges. A burger that’s sturdy sufficient to not fall by means of the grates, and to carry its form when flipped and moved, usually requires numerous flavor-blanketing binder. The very best workaround right here is to pre-cook them. This step companies up the feel in order that there’s no concern of them crumbling into your coals. It could possibly even be performed out on the grill.
As for condiments, I prefer to suppose again to what else is likely to be good in that salad — issues like garlicky aioli, salted yogurt, or a thick smear of Dijon mustard are terrific. A gentle cheese like provolone or Swiss, or a superb pre-sliced vegan cheese, provides additional richness. And tender lettuces like arugula and watercress, or flippantly pickled and thinly sliced fennel, maintain your veggie burger tasting as shiny and recent because it authentically is.
Lemony Artichoke and White Bean Burger Recipe
Makes 4 burgers
¼ cup plus 1 tablespoon olive oil, divided
Leaves from 2 or 3 bushy oregano or marjoram sprigs, coarsely chopped
Large pinch crushed crimson pepper flakes
One 14-ounce can artichoke hearts, drained, or one 10-ounce package deal frozen artichoke hearts, thawed
1 medium or ½ giant white or yellow onion, diced
1 teaspoon salt, divided
3 garlic cloves, minced
One 14-ounce can butter beans or different white beans (cannellini, navy, or nice northern), drained and rinsed
3 tablespoons instantaneous potato flakes, reminiscent of Bob’s Crimson Mill
2 teaspoons potato or cornstarch
Step 1: Zest the lemon, then mix the zest with ¼ cup olive oil, the oregano leaves, and pepper flakes. Put aside the oil to infuse when you put together the burgers.
Step 2: Reduce three ¼-inch thick rounds from the fleshy center a part of the zested lemon, and pick and discard the seeds. Chop right into a small cube, peel and all, and put aside. Use a pointy chef’s knife to quarter after which thinly slice the artichoke hearts.
Step 3: Heat a skillet over medium warmth. When sizzling, add the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil, swirl to coat, then add the diced onion and ½ teaspoon salt. Cook dinner, stirring periodically, till flippantly golden and tender, 6 to eight minutes. Stir within the garlic, adopted by the diced lemon. Enable to prepare dinner till the lemon softens, 3 to 4 minutes, then add the artichoke hearts, a couple of grinds of black pepper, and remaining ½ teaspoon salt. Cook dinner for five to 10 minutes, stirring the pan periodically, till the artichoke browns flippantly, collapses a bit, and any extra liquid within the pan is cooked off. Switch to a mixing bowl.
Step 4: Add the beans to the bowl and use a potato masher (or large fork, or wood spoon) to mash them with the greens till the combination begins to cohere, leaving some beans intact. Fold within the potato flakes and starch. As soon as the combination is cool sufficient to deal with, form into 4 burgers utilizing flippantly moistened palms.
Step 5: Earlier than grilling the burgers, you’ll have to pre-cook them in order that they maintain up over the grates. Preheat your grill to medium or medium-high warmth. Calmly grease a chunk of aluminum foil and place on an higher rack. Place the burgers instantly on the foil, cowl the grill, and permit them to prepare dinner till noticeably firmed up — 10 to twenty minutes, relying on how sizzling your grill is.
Step 6: Brush the highest facet of every burger with a number of the infused oil, then add to the decrease rack over oblique warmth, oiled facet down. Cook dinner till grill marks seem — which can solely take 2 to three minutes — basting the burgers as you prepare dinner. In swift, assured motions, flip and prepare dinner til grill marks seem on the other facet. Then serve sizzling, heat, or at room temperature, adorned as you please.
*To pre-cook the burgers upfront within the oven: Organize the formed burgers on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake in a preheated 400 F oven for quarter-hour. Cool earlier than storing in an hermetic container. Then carry them to room temperature earlier than grilling, or re-warm them on an higher rack for a couple of minutes till heated by means of, earlier than continuing with including the grill marks.
*To freeze: As soon as cool, wrap leftover burgers individually in plastic, then retailer in a container or zip-top bag. Thawed burgers can have a wetter, softer texture, and so they aren’t fairly sturdy sufficient to grill. One of the best ways to prepare dinner them is in a flippantly oiled skillet.
Lukas Volger is the writer of Snacks for Dinner, Begin Easy, and three different cookbooks. He additionally co-founded the queer meals journal Jarry and created Made by Lukas, a small batch, premium line of veggie burgers.
Dina Ávila is a photographer in Portland, Oregon.
Recipe examined by Ivy Manning
Photograph assistant: Griffin Koerner