The best way to convince people to go veg is to simply trick them! That's our philosophy anyway. We've created the best damn vegan burger recipe and we hardly even want to give it up it's such an awesome idea. But after one juicy bite you'll be convinced that vegan is the way to live. Don't believe us? Watch this little piece of food porn.
ingredients (makes 8 x 3 1/2 in patties):
1 large yellow onion (any large onion would work too)
2 tbsp coconut oil
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp agave nectar (or coconut sugar / brown sugar)
1 package gardein ultimate beefless ground (approx. 3 cups)
1 - 15 oz can black beans
1/2 C vital wheat gluten
1/2 tsp chipotle chili powder
1/2 tsp cumin
You need to start with a thawed package of gardein beefless ground, so either leave it in the fridge over night (best option) or remove the contents of the package into a large mixing bowl and let it sit on the counter until it's thawed.
Caramelized onions are going to be part of the binder for the beefless ground. To start, thinly slice the onion and sauté in a pan with coconut oil over medium heat for about 10 minutes stirring occasionally. Add in salt and stir to coat the onions. Then don't stir them much to allow them to brown and let them cook in the pan for another 10 minutes. Add in a teaspoon of agave nectar to add some more sugar to the pan and toss again to coat all the onions. Sauté for another 5-10 minutes to get them caramelized, like this. They don't even need to be this caramelized, as long as they are soft and browned up a bit.
Drain and rinse the black beans. In a food processor combine the caramelized onions and black beans into a smooth paste. Add this mixture to the beefless ground in the mixing bowl plus vital wheat gluten, cumin, and paprika, and mix by hand until it's well combined.
Form your patties by hand. Ours were small - approx. 3 1/2 inches in diameter x 3/4 inch thick - based on the size of the buns, but at this size they're easier to cook. You can either bbq them and or pan fry while basting them in your favourite bbq sauce. If you want to make your bbq sauce check out our classic bbq sauce recipe. They take about 2-3 minutes each side, plus another 2-3 minutes once the sauce is on them.
Dress your burger however you like! We did mayo and iceberg lettuce on the bottom, then the patty, a tomato slice, crispy onion strings, and dijon on the top bun. We really liked adding crispy onion strings to the burger. Check that recipe out here and if you want to serve this burger with baked fries, we've got that recipe too!