Friday, November 17, 2017

Basic seitan burger

I usually like to make more creative recipes, but sometimes a good, basic seitan burger with beans is perfect and it tastes amazing, even if it doesn't have beets or Gods know what my mind creates in the moment...
This burger recipe is tasty, easy to make and you can make it using a grater if you don't want to use a food processor.
They are also high in protein, flavorful, satisfying and oil free :)
The secret is in the spices, guys! You don't actually miss the meat, but the texture and the spice combo. You can always have the feeling if you want, just choose the right (cruelty free) ingredients :)

Ingredients (makes 10-12 patties):

500 g (2 3/4 cups) beans (black, red or cannellini - boiled from dry or canned)
250 g (2 cups) wheat gluten
350 g (1 3/4 cups) carrots, roughly diced
200 g (1 1/4 cups) onions, roughly diced
100 g (1/3 cup) tomato paste, not sauce (the sauce will make the mixture too wet)
3 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp sage, dry
2 tsp thyme, dry
3 tsp smoky paprika
1 tsp basil, dry
1 tsp coriander, ground
1 tsp black pepper

Toss all your vegetables into a food processor and pulse until everything is finely chopped. Add the beans and pulse a few more times until your beans are roughly ground (not too much, because you still want to have some texture in the burger)

Put the mixture from the food processor into a big bowl and add the rest of the ingredients (wheat gluten, spices, tomato paste) and mix until everything is well combined and you have a pretty firm dough. Knead that for 2-3 minutes, then form burgers, about 8-10 cm (3-4 inches) in diameter and 1-1.5 cm (1/3 – ½ inch) thick.

You can bake them on a low heat for about 20-30 minutes (depends a lot of your oven, mine is not very good), or grill/ fry them on a low heat for 8-10 minutes on every side. I really prefer and recommend you to bake them, but to each their own :)
And when you bake them add some water in the tray, so they won't dry out


If you want a video, you can see a vegan tag here:

And if you want you can make the tag too :)