Taco Burger

Monday, January 31, 2011

On of my goals for this year is to stop buying Boca Burgers. So I've been tossing around some homemade burger ideas and made three this weekend. Two were really really good. One needs work. My youngest loved the All American Incrediburger from American Vegan Kitchen.  And my middle girl loved my first attempt at a Taco Burger.  It was good enough to warrant a second batch and, with a little tweaking and a can of olives, I'd arrived at success.  I succumbed to family choice and left out a little corn, but I think it would be a welcome addition.

taco burger 1

Taco Burgers
1/3 cup bulgur
3/4 cup boiling water
1 1/2 tbs taco seasoning
1/2 tsp marmite (optional but good)
6 oz tempeh
1/2 can (15 oz) refried beans
1/2 onion, grated
1/2 onion, chopped
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded & chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 lime, juiced
3 tbs nutritional yeast
1 tbs vegan Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp browning sauce (optional)
1 cup vital wheat gluten
2-3 tbs vegetable oil (for cooking)

Cook the tempeh in boiling water for 10 minutes, then let cool in the refrigerator until it is room temperature. Grate and set a side. Meanwhile, mix the bulgur, taco seasoning and marmite in boiling water. Set a side for twenty minutes, until cooled to room temperature (while preparing the other ingredients).

When cooled, add the bulgur, tempeh and remaining ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Stir to combine then knead in the bowl with your fingers or a spatula for 3-4 minutes, until the gluten activates (the dough will get firmer and a bit elastic).

Put a cookie sheet into the oven and preheat 400 degrees. Divide the dough into 10 balls. Form each ball into a patty. The dough will be a little elastic, but should hold its shape without too much trouble. Remove the cookie sheet from the oven and add 2-3 tbs vegetable oil. Swirl around to coat and add the patties. Bake for 20-25 minutes, turning after 10-15, until the patties are browned on both sides. Serve hot, or refrigerate/freeze.

10 Servings: 149 cal (5g fat, 12g carbs, 15g protein)


On a side note, I made a couple of recipes from American Vegan Kitchen this weekend.  I made the All American Incrediburger and it truly was. She includes a method for baked and steamed and, I must say, the steamed are something special, one of the few homemade burgers my youngest will eat. I Added double batch of beer battered onion rings (and zucchini chips) and was in comfort food heaven. . . Oh Damn, I forgot to make Fried Avodado Wedges.

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  1. mollyjade Says:
  2. I've been looking for a veggie burger recipe, and this one looks perfect.

  3. Anonymous Says:
  4. I really want to try that burger from AVK, it sounded amazing. But those beer battered onion rings look AMAZING!

  5. Catherine Says:
  6. FRIED AVOCADO WEDGES????? OMG, gimme, gimme!

  7. The onion rings and fried avocado sound amazing! I too am trying to wean everyone off any bought fake meat product. Thanks for the recipes on burgers- I am going to try the taco burger this weekend.

  8. Andrea Says:
  9. You know what my pet peeve is? People who sign in to comments "Oh this looks awesome." Yea, of course it does, it's a food blog. Don't comment unless you have made said recipe or have a question!
    So,I made these for dinner tonight. They were really good. The combination is great because the seitan holds everything together. (Even if you don't love tempeh, go for it, you don't even taste it.)So many veggie burgers just fall apart. Next time, I'll try them without the taco flavors, for a more traditional burger experience.

  10. I'm glad you like it, Andrea. It's a variation of this BBQ Burger. It's a good starting point for any number flavors. I use mashed up chickpeas sometimes instead of tempeh.

    I love comments from people that have made my food (good and bad), but I like other comments as well. It really helps me gauge what people like to see, and who's reading.

  11. This burger looks and sounds amazing! Definitely saving this one for later.

  12. Tim Says:
  13. Wow, this looks delicious! Love the blog!

    That one was for you, Andrea. ;)


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