I love vegan burgers. Whether they completely fall apart as I eat them or not, they taste delicious. I’ve made lots of variations of vegan burgers, which were very tasty, but they were all pretty frail and fell apart easily….until now.
So, first off I want to clear up some things about veggie burgers. They seem to have a bad rep in our society. In fact, my friend was telling me a story of how when she went to New York, her friends kept teasing each other of how they would “make her” eat a veggie burger. It’s sad to say that burgers made out of cow flesh are the “norm”. So very sad. But we can change that!!
So…why veggie burgers?? I want to take a few minutes to share three very strong and important reasons why.
- Cows are nice. In my opinion the’re super cute and affectionate too!! Check this out!! Besides, has a cow ever done anything mean to you? Didn’t think so. So I don’t think we should pay people do to this to them.
- Eating burgers very eco-harmful. (Wait what??) Yes. Animal agriculture is one of the most destructive industries our planet if acing today. In fact, it takes 660 gallons of water, to produce just one burger.  Check out this awesome comprehensive video to learn more!!
- Lastly, while your taste buds may be calling for a big juicy burger, your body may not be so happy. especially in the long run. Consumption of red meat increases rick of Alzheimer disease, can cause cardiovascular disease, colon cancer, type 2 diabetes, and other unwanted health conditions. 
Bottom line, ditch the beef, stick to the veggie burger. Okay? Thank you.
Anyways back to these burgers. Say goodbye to crumbly burgers, and say hello to firm substantial patties! I know the store bought kind are very firm and stick together well, but most of the time it’s the isolated soy protein and wheat gluten. Nothing against it, but I wanted to use minimally processed whole ingredients. Plus, simple ingredients like lentils, mushrooms, and oats are much easier to find at your local grocery store and are fairly in expensive!
-Packed with protein
-Firm and hold together superbly
Bottom line: you should try these out. If you do, be sure to tag your photo @wholesomesoybean on Instagram and rate the recipe. I would absolutely love to see what you create and hear what you think!!
- 4 cups cooked lentils
- 2 cups minced mushrooms
- 1 1/2 cup oat flour
- 1.5 tablespoons barbecue seasoning
- 1/2 teblespoon xantham gum
- all natural oil spray for cooking
- For serving:
- Gluten free or whole wheat burger buns
- Romaine lettuce
- Beefsteak tomatoes
- Barbecue sauce
- Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Mash with potato masher until a thick dough like consistency. Be sure to leave it with texture.
- Heat oil on a pan. Form into patties in about 1/2 cup increments (or however large you want them relative to bun size) and cook for several minutes on medium heat. Flip when they’re golden brown.
- Assemble with toppings. Enjoy!!