While I will confess that I’m not 100% vegan, my body is happiest when I eat no dairy, little wheat, and a hamburger about twice a year.
So, for all intents and purposes one could really say I’m vegan (and most people around me would probably assume this to be true).
As a result, I LOVE finding a good vege-burger recipe (or two or three).
1. Lentil Black Bean Burger
In my world, everyone needs to have a good bean burger recipe in their arsenal. Check this one out:
1 cup French green lentils
2 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for forming and cooking burgers
1 medium onion, finely diced
1 bell pepper, finely diced
1/2 cup corn kernels (thawed, if frozen)
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 15-ounce cans black beans, drained
1/2 cup shelled, cooked edamame
14 ounces firm tofu, drained and crumbled
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1/2 bunch fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
2 tablespoons diced, roasted mild chilies
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon each ground cumin, coriander, and turmeric
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Look just up your alley? Get the directions here.
2. Tantric Burger
Ok, I couldn’t pass this one up given its name. It doesn’t come with full cooking instructions, but I did learn that this “special recipe is intended to support the White Tantric Yoga experience at Solstice.”
How does it do that, you might ask? The ingredients include one of Yogi Bhajan’s special herbal formulas (162-R). While I couldn’t find 162-R, I was able to find 26-R which is a sexual response formula for women created specifically on Ayurvedic principles – sounds pretty awesome to me. Don’t know for sure if they’re related, but sounds like 26-R might do the job as well… FYI, if you don’t know who Yogi Bhajan, he was a spiritual leader who introduced Kundalini Yoga to the U.S.
OK, back to the recipe. Here are the ingredients for the Tantric Burger:
Burger: Tempeh, onions, carrots, almonds, sunflower seeds, flax seeds, oats, oil (safflower or canola), rice, cilantro, tamari, basil, black pepper, cinnamon, peppermint, 162-R (Yogi Bhajan’s herbal formula), senna, salt.
Get the ingredients for the Tantric Burger Bun here.
3. Beet, Brown Rice, and Carrot Burger
In Australia, beets (known there as beetroot) are an extremely common (and delicious) burger topping – I know it sounds weird until you try it, but the slight sweetness balances the other flavors perfectly.
In this recipe, the beets go beyond their role as a topping and become a main ingredient. What’s the most awesome thing about this? You can have pink burgers!
4 medium beets, trimmed, peeled, and quartered (about 3/4 pound total)
2 tablespoons olive oil, divided, plus more for cooking burgers
1 cup diced shiitake mushrooms
1/2 cup minced scallions
1/2 cup grated carrots
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/2 cup raw cashews
1 15-ounce can of chickpeas, drained
1 cup cooked brown rice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 1/2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
Are you in love? Find detailed directions on the Yoga Journal Website.
Whether or not you’re vegan, I hope these give you some major inspiration and a happy belly! Namaste.
Image Source: Yoga Journal