Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Seeded Edamame Burgers with Brown Rice and Apples

I'm still settling into my new house, so I'm sharing another recipe from the archives. I haven't had time to embark on any complicated culinary adventures or fully replenish the pantry, so I've only been cooking up some simple (though still flavorful and nutritious) dishes in my much-improved kitchen. While I can't wait to make the most of my gas stove and ample cooking space, it's going to have to wait a little bit longer.

I tried out this recipe back in the midst of my veggie burger obsession, though I was reluctant to share it because it was the least structurally sound of the veggie burgers I tried. A little finesse was required to carefully flip the burgers and keep them from falling apart (still pressing them back together a little bit), but I plan on adding egg (since I'm not vegan) in the future to help alleviate this problem. The flavors are clean and fresh with the nuts, seeds, and beans making the burger more than amply filling and are equally appropriate on a hamburger bun, pita, or bed of salad greens. Although they can definitely use a little work in the structure department, the flavors of this veggie burger make the bit of time investment and care it takes to turn out a batch, an ideal lunch in the dog days of summer.

Seeded Edamame Burgers with Brown Rice and Apples
from Veggie Burgers Every Which Way by Lukas Volger
makes six 4-inch burgers

2 tablespoons hulled raw sunflower seeds
1 tablespoon raw sesame seeds
1 cup frozen shelled edamame
2 1/2 tablespoons ground flaxseeds (1 tablespoon whole seeds)
1 apple, peeled, cored, and finely chopped
2 tablespoons brown (or white) rice flour
1 tablespoon molasses
2 teaspoons soy sauce or tamari
1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
A few grinds of black pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil

1. In a dry skillet, toast the sunflower seeds over medium-low heat until lightly browned and fragrant, about 5 minutes, swirling the pan periodically. Transfer to a heat-proof plate. In the same pan, toast the sesame seeds until golden brown, no more than 2 minutes, swirling or stirring constantly to avoid overcooking and uneven browning. Transfer to the plate with the sunflower seeds.

2. Meanwhile, cook the edamame according to package directions. Transfer the beans to an ice bath to halt the cooking.

3. Whisk together the ground flax and 3 tablespoons water. Transfer to a food processor and add the toasted seeds and edamame. Pulse 10 to 15 times, just until the the mixture is evenly chunky.

4. In a mixing bowl, combine the edamame-seed mixture with the rice, apple, flour, molasses, soy sauce, sesame oil, and black pepper. The mixture should be moist and sticky. Adjust seasonings. Shape into 6 patties, flattening to a 1/2-inch thickness.

5. In a saute pan, heat the oil over high heat. When hot, add the patties, in batches if necessary to avoid crowding, cooking for 2 minutes. They should sizzle-this will create a nice crust. Reduce the heat to medium and cook for 2 or 3 minutes more. Carefully flip the burgers and cook until browned and firm, 4 to 5 minutes longer.

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