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Black Lentil Veggie Burgers with Harissa Carrot Slaw

Black Lentil Veggie Burgers with Harissa Carrot Slaw

A veggie burger is a peculiar thing. Sure, it comes in the form of a patty and it’s typically served on a bun, but it’s not really a burger. Well, let me walk that back a bit, a lot of veggie burgers aren’t really burgers. Some veggie burgers (often made with tofu or tempeh) do their darndest to approach the flavor and texture of meat.  But most are made with black beans and chickpeas and sweet potatoes. They’re freaking delicious but you’re not liable to mistake them for ground beef. But still, we call them ‘burgers’ and by doing so we kind of set them up for failure.

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Huevos Rancheros Brunch Burger

Huevos Rancheros Brunch Burger
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It’s been a while since we’ve brunched on this blog. I still regret that I didn’t manage to work a holiday brunch into my content calendar this year, but I suppose that’s what next year is for. But enough about regret, let’s talk about today’s Huevos Rancheros Brunch Burger, a real looker if I do say so myself. What you’re looking at here is a refried bean and wild rice burger patty perched on top of a bun slathered with a simmered tomato salsa and blue corn tortilla chips topped with a sunny-side-up egg. There are some avocado and jalapeño slices in there as well for good measure. Sound good? Good! Let’s dive right in.

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Portobello Cheese Burgers with Grilled Radicchio

Portobello Cheese Burgers with Grilled Radicchio
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Veggie burgers can be a feat of culinary engineering. Protein powerhouses packed with every legume, lentil, and grain imaginable bound by egg or flaxseed meal or chickpea flour. But no matter how overthought and/or over-seasoned a veggie burger is, it’s still a source of stress the moment it hits the pan. Will the cooking oil interrupt its carefully thought-out structural integrity? What if it crumbles the instant I approach it with a spatula? Will I keep it together? In every instance, there’s a 50/50 chance it will and you won’t. But there are veggie burgers that are simple. Veggie burgers that stay together because of nature’s intelligent design. And these burgers are these Portobello Cheese Burgers with Grilled Radicchio.

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Kimchi Sweet Potato Burgers with Butter Lettuce Wraps

Kimchi Sweet Potato Burgers with Butter Lettuce Wraps
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Yes, I’m back with yet another veggie burger. If you’ve been visiting this blog for a while, you know my veggie burger dependency is well-documented as are my thoughts on a veggie burger’s legitimacy to the burger moniker. So I won’t waste your time by perching on that particular soapbox again. Instead, I’m going to speak about a decision that plagues me whenever I slap a veggie burger into a pan – bun or no bun? I opted for no bun for today’s Kimchi Sweet Potato Burgers and I’m going to over-explain my reasons for making this crucial decision. You’re excited, I know you are.

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