Vegan Mushroom Burger

Courtesy Toni Elkhouri of Cedar’s Café

 

Feel free to change up the mushrooms to what you love the most, more is better in this case. You will not even taste them! Mushrooms add backbone to the patty itself & meatier.

To prepare the patty:

2-3 pounds’ Portabella mushrooms, cleaned & chopped
1-2 pounds’ shiitake mushrooms, cleaned & chopped
1-2 pounds Cremini mushrooms, cleaned & chopped
2 Cups Cooked Lentils & Rice (See Recipe on bottom) Or 2 cups cooked rice or lentils of choice
1 cup panko bread crumbs (you can use corn flour, almond flour, chickpea flour or finely chopped nuts instead to make it gluten free)
2 tablespoons granulated onion
2 tablespoons garlic powder
2 tablespoons smoked paprika
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 table spoon salt
2-3 tablespoons oil
¼ cup red wine

Lentils and Rice

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large white onion, julienned
1 pound bag of lentils, rinsed and sorted
1 cup basmati rice
Sea salt or regular salt
5 – 6 cups of water

Directions

First in large pan oil & add all the mushroom a little at a time not crowding the pan, they will all are sautéed add in red wine to deglaze. Cook off till very little wine is left. Set aside to cool. Then using a food processor, puree into a paste, add lentils & rice and pulse till it comes together.

Place in larger bowl and mix in until they come together (do not over mix) add spices & panko. Then form into burgers and grill.

In a large pan, add olive oil and turn on medium heat. Add onion and a pinch of sea salt (regular salt is fine). Caramelize until onion is very dark brown and crispy. Pour 5 to 6 cups of water into your pan with the rest of the onion, the water should turn very brown in color.

Bring water to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until the lentils are tender (about 40 minutes) and about 2 cups of water are remaining in the pan. Add uncooked basmati rice. Reduce heat and let simmer until water has almost completely absorbed. Turn off heat, cover pan, and let steep for about 10 minutes. Your lentils and rice are ready to serve.

 

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