Sunday, December 8, 2013

Chili Bean-Yam Burger

Another one of those recipes where I just wanted to use what I had on hand.  It sounded odd at first, but was really quite tasty.  Basically a nice and balanced combination of sweet and spice...just like me!

Not all veggie burgers have to be the typical black bean burgers.  Play around with what you have and you can come up with same great ideas!

 I have noticed in some vegan burger recipes, it is tough to reach the desired consistency.  Come on people!  No one wants to pick up a burger that just falls apart and can't get into your mouth!  That is an epic burger fail!

To avoid that issue, I chose to add in brown rice and plenty of panko crumbs to achieve a firm patty. 

 Chili Bean-Yam Burger

Ingredients: (yields 6-8 burgers)

 1 yam or sweet potato
1 can chili beans (drain but do not rinse)
1/4 red onion chopped
1/4 c chopped green pepper
1/4 c nutritional yeast
1 c cooked brown rice
2 tbsp vegan steak sauce
3 tbsp ketchup
1 tbsp sriracha
1 tbsp of another favorite hot sauce (optional)
1 tbsp tamari
2 tsp adobo powder
2-3 tsp chili powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1 tbsp egg replacer + water
1 c panko crumbs ****plus extra if needed

Heat oven 400 and bake sweet potato in foil for about 1 hr.  Once baked, peel sweet potato cut into a few large pieces. 
Leave oven on, if you choose to bake the burgers.
In a food processor or blender, pulse the sweet potato and chili beans a few times until combined but not completely blended. 
Transfer to a bowl and stir in the remaining ingredients.  Adjust seasoning to taste and add additional panko crumbs if it does not seem firm enough. 
Form into patties and bake on oiled baking dish for about 30 minutes, flipping once.  Turn to broil and bake another 5-10 minutes. 
Serve with or without a bun with your favorite fixings.

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