The Veggie Burger

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I like to take the time and make a big batch of these burgers and then freeze them. This way, these wonderful veggie burgers are ready to go whenever I have that burger craving.

Bring 2 1/2 cups water to a boil in a pot. Add to the water:
1/2 cup Braggs Liquid Aminos
1 teaspoon parsley
1 teaspoon sage
1 teaspoon rosemary
1 teaspoon thyme

Stir. Then add to the seasoned water:
2 cups rolled oats
1 cup gluten flour

Stir and cook for five minutes (covered)

In a sauté pan:
1 tablespoon vegetable oil (heat)
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1/4 cup chopped onions
1/4 cup diced carrots
1/4 cup dice celery
1/4 cup chopped tomatoes
1/4 cup shredded beets
Sauté for a few minutes then cook for five minutes on low heat (covered)

In a large bowl:
1 (8 ounces) Package of Tempeh

Grate the Tempeh in to the bowl with a box grater or a food processor fitted with a grating wheel.

Add to the tempeh and mix well:
2 tablespoons organic ketchup
2 tablespoons raw organic chopped nuts and seeds (I used pecans and pumpkin seeds)
2 tablespoons organic miso paste
2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
2 tablespoons organic soy milk (plain and unflavored)

Add the tempeh mixture to the sautéed vegetables. Then add the oatmeal/gluten mixture to the sautéed vegetables and tempeh. Cook all the ingredients for five minutes. Do not overcook. Put in a bowl and refrigerate for several hours.

Shape and bake the burgers for 30 minutes in a 350 degree oven. On the show I put the burgers in baking dishes using approximately 3 ounces of burger batter in each dish. I wanted uniformed look, as if the burgers came from a fast food restaurant. You may hand shape the burgers and cook them on a greased cookie sheet.

After the burgers have baked for 30 minutes, chill them for at least four hours before grilling or pan frying. You may also freeze them at this point until you are ready to grill them.

Grill the burgers for 7 minutes on each side. They may also be pan fried. Make sure you use a little oil in the pan before grilling or frying so they will not stick.

Watch Part I of the Sandwich Episode to see how the Veggie Burger is made.

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