Marlene’s V.I.P. Burger

Marlene's V.I.P. Burger

Marlene’s V.I.P. (Very Important Protein) burger is the ultimate plant-based treat!

People who say vegan burgers are boring have clearly never tried this delicious, protein-packed delight. Upgrade boring burgers with this mouth-watering recipe.

Prep time: 20 minutes

Cooking time: 30 minutes

Serves 2

Ingredients

The Meaty Part:

1 jar seitan

1 pack tempeh

1 tbsp sesame oil

2 tbsp shoyu or tamari sauce

1 cup water

Sauté the vegetables:

1 tbsp toasted sesame oil

2 cloves garlic, crushed

2 celery stalks finely diced

2 carrots, finely diced

2 shallots, finely diced

10 fresh shitake mushrooms

½ tsp herbs de Provence

¼ tsp each, ginger powder, turmeric, paprika

1 tbsp mirin

1 tbsp shoyu or tamari sauce

4 tbsp rice flour

4 tbsp strong wheat flour

2 tbsp organic sunflower oil for frying

Method

  • Mince the seitan chunks by using a small hand grinder and transfer to a bowl.
  • Crumble the tempeh in your fingers and add to the seitan.
  • Heat the oil in a pan and add the ground seitan and crumbled tempeh.
  • Stir well to coat in oil and then add the shoyu sauce and water stir and then cover.
  • Simmer on low heat for about 15 minutes or until all liquid is absorbed.
  • Return the ingredients to the mixing bowl.
  • Warm the wok or pan and add the oil.
  • Stir in the garlic, celery, carrots, shallots, mushrooms, herbs and seasonings. Mix to coat all the contents in oil.
  • Add the mirin and shoyu and pop the lid on the pan and cook on low heat for 5 minutes.
  • Place this mixture into the seitan/tempeh bowl and mix well. Sprinkle the flour on top and using a spatula blend and fold until you achieve a solid consistency.
  • Tip: Chill the mixture for one hour or more in the fridge to allow the mixture to stiffen.
  • To make the burgers simply take one heaped tablespoon of mixture and roll in your hands, squeezing and then flatten into a burger shape.
  • Warm the sunflower oil in a deep-based pan and add the burgers, fry on each side for 5 minutes until crisp and golden.
  • Delicious served on toasted sourdough. Spread vegan mayonnaise on the bread; add a hefty layer of rocket or other salad greens (pre-dressed) in your favourite salad dressing.  Pop on a burger and top with some homemade pickles or relish, sliced tomatoes or whatever your heart desires.

In the mood for more vegan burgers? Check out these black bean goji burgers.

 

 

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