Wednesday, August 15, 2012

The BeST Burgers (you'll ever have)!

What's going on with "BeST?" Just a tasty acronym for you.  BeST stands for:
 
BlackBeanSweetpotatoTempeh 


R-E-S-P-E-C-T the Be-S-T.
Which means when you have a BeST Burger, you're having that amalgamation of deliciousness you read above.  Well, what are you waiting for?  Make yourself the BeST Burger and enjoy it!

WARNING (well, not really): This recipe is really fun and so tasty.  Get ready to get messy!  Unlike cooking with raw meat or eggs, you can taste your pre-burger mash anytime you'd like. You'll need two bowls for mixing ingredients (one large/medium, one small), a pot for boiling sweet potatoes (and colander), and a pan with oil for frying, or an oven (w/baking sheet) or grill.


Steve's Homemade BeST Burgers

(Initially made their debut in Farm Sanctuary's Just Eats Tour Vegan Recipe Contest as a finalist - and runner-up recipe. Now you can win first place by enjoying them KMIV-style!)


Ingredients (*optional*)

  • 2-3 small Sweet potatoes
  • dash of almond milk
  • *1 Tbsp agave nectar*
  • heavy sprinkling of cinnamon
  • 1 can black beans (or Bean of choice! - Garbanzos are yummy)
  • 1 packet Tempeh
  • 3-4 Tbsp ketchup
  • 3-4 tsp garlic
  • *1 tsp Braggs Liquid Aminos or soy sauce*
  • *1 tsp balsamic vinegar*
  • *sprinkling of salt*
  • 1/8 - 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • *dashes of hot sauce to your own spice preference*
  • 1 - 1 1/2 cup quick/rolled oats

Introducing the Cast of the World Premiere of "BeST Burgers!"

  1. Boil the sweet potatoes until soft enough to put a fork through. While they are boiling, soak the beans in water, rinse, and toss them into a medium/large bowl. Mash beans and then crumble the tempeh into the bowl with them.
  2. When the sweet potatoes are done, mash in small bowl. Add almond milk, *agave, and cinnamon. Thoroughly combine sweet potato mixture with beans and tempeh in larger bowl. Add all remaining ingredients except oats, mixing well. Finally, add oats, about 1/3 cup at a time, mixing until a slightly firmer texture is reached. 
  3. If you like, cover the bowl and refrigerate mix OR form into patties on baking sheet, cover, and pop in the fridge for 30 min to an hour (recommended). Make small/medium balls and flatten them out into patties w/your hands or using a spatula.
  4. Add oil to a pan and cook the burgers over medium-high heat, keeping an eye on the bottom for your desired browning/blackness. Flip and cook on opposite side. You can also bake them at 400°F in the oven for about 15-20 minutes, or to your desired browning/crispiness, flipping halfway through; you can lightly dust the sheet with flour if you want to prevent sticking. (Outdoors? Try throwing them on the grill! Make sure you form some firm patties!) 
  5. Add some avocado, grilled onions or mushrooms on top for a little extra pizzazz! Makes 6-8 BST Burgers for your taste buds, stomach, and overall enjoyment.


Pre-BeST Bake/Cook - Throw em' in the fridge to get firm

How do you like your BeST Burger? Pan-fried? Or Baked?

The BeST Bon Appetit You'll Have!


5 comments:

Kate Wilson said...

I can attest that these BeST Burgers are amazing and some of the best vegan burgers I've ever had! YUMMY

future mrs.smith said...

I've read before that you have to steam tempeh before using...is that the case here? I've only cooked with tempeh once..and (sadly) it was quite the little disaster. Recipe looks fabulous, though!

Steven Todd Smith, CHHC, AADP said...

Thanks, Kate! YUMMY is right.

Future Mrs. Smith! That's what Lindsay was at one point ;-)

As far as tempeh goes FMS, you do not have to steam it - it's a personal taste choice. Some people say the flavor can be a bit too "strong," so they steam their tempeh to mellow it out a bit. We've had many delicious BeST Burgers and other meals w/o steaming our tempeh (though we're always up for trying!).

Try it out once, try it another way once - see what tastes best! :-) Enjoy.

Lindsey Frost Cleary said...

We finally tried these tonight! So, so delicious! Thank you for the wonderful recipe.

Cate said...

So I was on the kind life perusing through the recipes tonight, and I stumbled upon this one. When I saw that it was from you guys, I remembered meeting Lindsay at the farm sanctuary a few weeks ago, when she told me about the blog! And now that I've been brought to it by vegan fate, I will definitely be making these!!! :)