I you’re like me, you love GardenBurgers! Whenever I go to a restaurant that serves them, that’s what I order. I’m not a vegan or a vegetarian, I just like the taste of a veggie burger. It feels like I’m eating something that’s good for me (as opposed to a greasy hamburger.) I have combined and adapted a couple of different recipes that I found online to come up with this one.
1 c. cooked wheat, drain liquid (see cooking directions below)
4 medium sized button mushrooms, chopped, blanched*
2 T. diced yellow onion, blanched*
1 c. rolled oats, dry
½ c. cottage cheese
¼ c. cheddar or mozzarella cheese, grated (or combination of both)
2 T. cornstarch
1/4 t. poultry seasoning
½ t. garlic powder
½ t. salt
You’ll need to start by cooking the wheat.
Measure 1 c. wheat into a sauce pan and add 3 cups of water and a pinch of salt. Bring to a boil, cover and reduce heat to a simmer. After about 30 minutes, check to see if it is done by scooping out a few berries (allow them to cool a bit) and taste them. They should be chewy but not tough. If they’re not quite done, continue cooking and check about every 5 minutes. You may need to cook them up to 20 minutes longer. Drain the berries in a strainer and transfer to a bowl. (You will have leftovers, since this recipe only calls for 1 c. cooked. You can eat the rest for hot cereal drizzled with honey and a splash of milk.)
In a small microwaveable dish, blanch the onion and mushroom by adding ¾ c. water to the dish and cover. Cook on high for 2 minutes. Drain and allow to cool. (Blanching the onion and mushroom in the microwave partially cooks them prior to frying the patty.)
In a food processor, pulse the wheat and dry oats, just until broken down slightly (it’s not meant to be pureed!) Add cottage cheese, eggs, grated cheeses, cornstarch and seasonings. Pulse to combine the ingredients. Add blanched onions and mushrooms. Pulse one more time just to combine.
Allow mixture to sit for about 10 minutes. The mixture will thicken slightly as the oats absorb some of the moisture.
Divide into 4 patties. Spread into the frying pan into a patty shape, about ½” thick. Fry on a buttered pan for 2 minutes over medium heat. Turn the patties over and cook an additional 2 minutes or until set and golden.
Serve just as you would any other burger. Add lettuce, a slice of fresh tomato, pickles, ketchup. You know, the works!
You’ll be amazed at how delicious this burger is!
Makes 4 large patties.