Next Gen Vegan Burger

This vegan burger is as good as it looks and better. The greatest vegan burger you’ll ever have. It has a meaty texture, stands up bite after bite, and is loaded with protein and fiber.  Burgers like these are the burgers of the future, and that’s why I’ve named it the next generation burger. In future years we will see beef burgers, made from cultured meats and grown in labs, take over the meat industry. They will taste the same as meat and be identical in chemical make up but not come from an animal. My taste for meat is gone so I don’t think I would enjoy it. I prefer burgers like this, and if you make it you’ll understand why. It tastes clean and leaves you feeling light and nourished.

Teff is one of the oldest grains to be cultivated, going back as far as 7000 years to Ethiopia. The list of benefits for this grain is long. It boasts a profile of 14 vitamins and minerals, highest is B vitamins, calcium, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, iron, and copper. Each one cup serving has 10 grams of protein and 7 grams of fiber. Studies show that it helps to balance hormones, improves and strengthens bone density and digestion, boosts the immune system, helps to prevent and control diabetes, and is great for cardiovascular health and weight loss. Teff has a unique texture and sturdy consistency, is versatile, and mixes well with anything.

Lentils are loaded with iron, protein, fiber, amino acids, and a full profile of vitamins and minerals. A true powerhouse legume that is low in calories, versatile, and tastes great. Some of the vital nutrients include high levels of molybdenum, folate, copper, phosphorus, manganese, iron, B1, pantothenic acid, zinc, B6, and potassium. Deficiencies of these vitamins and minerals can lead to heart conditions, nervous system issues, poor hair, skin, and nails, brain fog, low energy, etc. Soaking them overnight before cooking helps with nutrient absorption, as well as with all legumes.

Quinoa has the highest protein content of all the grains. They come in white, red, and black and make a complete protein, containing all of the essential nine amino acids needed to support growth and repair tissue and organs. One cup of quinoa has a little over 8 grams of protein, 20 grams of carbohydrates, and 5 grams of fiber, and is high in essential minerals such as folate, iron, and zinc. Once a staple in grain South America, quinoa is now reaching it’s way around the globe as a delicious superfood.

Next Gen Vegan Burger

Yields: 15-20 patties

  • 2 cup cooked quinoa
  • 2 cup cooked lentils
  • 2 cups cooked teff
  • Vegetable Mix
  • 1 small beet
  • 1 cup chopped mushrooms
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup sun dried tomatoes in oil or 1 small can tomato paste (6 oz)
  • 1/2 cup chopped basil, cilantro, or parsley
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 6 cloves grated garlic
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • optional: 1 cup bread crumbs or panko for breading or flour
  • 4 tablespoons chipotle, hot sauce, or barbecue sauce
  • salt, pepper, and chili flakes to taste

Soak the lentils overnight before cooking. Cook the grains and lentils (they can all cook together for 25 minutes in 7 cups water).

In another oiled skillet fry the onion, garlic, celery, and mushrooms on medium heat. Make sure the pieces are small and that they brown.

While that's going, in a food processor blend the beet, sun dried tomatoes, olive oil, basil, sauces and spices. If the sun dried tomatoes are in herbed oil then use that for added flavor and add half the olive oil (1/4 cup).  It should be almost a mash.

Blend the mash ingredients together with the fried onion and mushroom celery mix, then add the cooled grain mixture. Let the whole thing cool in the fridge so that it is more solid and you can form better patties.

Get a bowl and fill it with breadcrumbs or flour. Dust the patties with the flour before frying in a little oil, getting them golden on each side. Make sure the patties are thick. You can also make meatballs and bake them on 350F for 30-40 minutes, flipping them on each side every 10 minutes. If your hands get sticky, throw some flour on them.

  • Preparation time: 30 minutes
  • Cook time: 1 hour
  • Total time: 1.5 hours
Next Gen Burger

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