Friday, March 16, 2012

Vegan Yam Burgers

Whoever says that eating Vegan is giving up on amazing tasting food is completely mistaken. If only everyone got to try these amazingly delicious burgers, they might stop eating meat themselves. I had been eyeing a recipe from the Post Punk Kitchen, but decided to try my own take on it. We couldn't have been happier. This is going to become a weekly item on our menu.

2 cups cooked, cooled brown rice
11/2  cup shredded yams
1 tsp. dry mustard
3 tbsp. finely chopped onion
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbsp. almond butter
1/2 cup breadcrumbs 
salt & pepper

Peel and shred yam. Add yam and rice to food processor and mix until you get  a texture similar to ground meat. Mix everything in a bowl, massaging the ingredients together very well. Chill in refrigerator for about an hour.

Now ready to cook, this doesn't take very long. I put the patties in a small amount of oil (picture above) and got the outside a bit crispy. After flipping once, I then put them in the oven at 350 degrees to finish them off. Keep an eye on them to prevent burning.  

For a bun, I decided to use what I had in the freezer, which were whole wheat pitas.  They were the smaller ones which fit these burgers perfectly. I cut them open and spread soy-free Veganaise on them, then placed the patties in between. It was delicious!