I’m always in the mood for a good veggie burger and sometimes they can be hard to find…especially in a small town! Which leaves two choices: buy frozen or make your own. I have tried (sometimes successfully, other times not) to make my own veggie burgers a few times, but tonight I scored with the Fava Bean Burgers (pg. 194).
In the past, when my boyfriend and I have attempted veggie burgers, sometimes the mix tasted great, but fell apart when fried them. Once we tried a potato based recipe that ended up just tasting like seasoned mashed potatoes…But this recipe was a success on all fronts! It stayed together and it tasted AMAZING!
This one was on the complex and lengthy side, so I set aside much of my evening. I had noticed that, in addition to the preparation and frying, the patties needed at least a half hour to cool in the fridge, so I wanted to make sure I left plenty of time. All in all, it took almost 2 hours. I started preparing all of the ingredients at once.
And, surprise, I burnt the coriander seeds! The recipe said roast on high for 3 to 4 minutes, but after about 2 I started smelling burning, rather than the aroma the seeds were supposed to be releasing So, I took them off the burner early. In the meantime, the beans, potatoes, and spinach were all cooking away.
The recipe says to blanche the beans then, when they are cool enough, to skin them. I cheated and bought canned beans (which were really the only ones I could find), so I did not have to take the extra approximately 30 minutes to shell them, and when it came time to skin them, a lot of the skins had already fallen off! The skinning of the rest got a bit messy…
While the potatoes were continuing to boil, I cut up the chili, garlic, and cilantro.
Once the potatoes were done, they were tossed into the mixing bowl with the beans, chili, garlic, some oil, and spices.
Then I mashed…
added the spinach, breadcrumbs, and cilantro and mashed some more…
added the egg and mashed some more until mixed.
Now, I do not have a potato masher, so I used a fork. I do not recommend this. It was difficult to mash everything, especially at first, my hand hurt, and my fork got bent…but it all worked out in the end. I formed my patties and put them in the fridge to cool.
After a little over a half hour, I fried them up (without burning them!) and then got to eat!
Very, very good! I toasted some wheat bread to use as a bun and squeezed the lemon wedge (recommended by Chef) and that was it. The burger did not need any other condiment – it was delicious all on its own; very flavorful. It didn’t fall apart when I ate it either! This is definitely 5 stars. I plan on freezing them for my own enjoyment when I get another craving for a good veggie burger.
(No picture in the book to compare…)