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Bird-Friendly White Bean Burger (GF) with barbecue sauce.

Bird-Friendly White Bean Burger (GF) with barbecue sauce.

Well, this is #3 in my bean burger series.  When I discover a formula that works, I go with it!

Burger #1 had a Mexican flavor.  Burger #2 had an Italian quality.

Now, burger #3 has seasonings that most people associate with poultry (i.e. dead chickens and dead turkeys.)

In December 2008, I was newly vegan but the rest of my family was still eating animals.  My niece was 4 years old.  While preparing dinner for Christmas, my sister made a comment about the “bird” in the oven.  A few hours later, my little niece sat down to eat and said,

“But mommy, I don’t want to eat a bird.”

I’ll never forget that.  Fortunately, that was the last turkey that my niece had to eat.  My family no longer cooks birds.  We have Vegan Holiday Meals

Here is a savory burger that you can enjoy without causing chickens and turkeys to die.

I’d like to stop seeing the chicken trucks regularly, when I drive to work.

Bird-Friendly White Bean Burgers (GF)

Bird-Friendly White Bean Burgers (GF)

WET INGREDIENTS

2 C (or 1- 15 oz can) white beans (Cannellini (white kidney) or Great Northern beans)
1 large clove garlic, minced
1/3 C chopped onion
1/3 C chopped celery
2 T tahini
1 T tamari (GF)

DRY INGREDIENTS

1/2 C oat flour (GF)
1/4 C ground sunflower seeds
1 T nutritional yeast
1 t EACH:  dried parsley, thyme & sage
1/2 t paprika
1/4 t EACH:  ground *rosemary, celery salt & black pepper
dash garlic powder

(*I grind dried rosemary to a fine powder using a coffee grinder)

ASSEMBLY

Use a small food processor to puree the wet ingredients.

In a large bowl, combine the wet puree with the dry ingredients.

Divide the burger “dough” into 4 balls or 4 portions.  You can do this right in the bowl using a spoon, or you can pour a drop of olive oil on your hands to handle the balls manually.

The burger dough will be very sticky and soft- don’t panic!  Create 4 patties (see the other burger recipes for pictures of this phase).  If you want to keep your hands clean, just spoon the dough balls right onto parchment paper and flatten them there.

Refrigerate the patties on parchment for at least 30-60 minutes before cooking.  The time will allow the excess moisture to soak into the oats, which will bind the burgers.    Trust me!

Cook the patties on medium heat in a saute pan using the oil of your choice (I use coconut oil).  It should take about 10 minutes per side.  Shake the pan periodically to make sure they aren’t sticking.

Try these with some barbecue sauce or mushroom gravy.

Thank YOU for caring about birds of all kinds.

Kauai Chicken - May 8, 2011

Kauai Chicken – May 8, 2011

Go!  Get yourself a copy of Dreena Burton’s latest cookbook, “Let Them Eat Vegan.”  You won’t be disappointed.  I love the way Dreena cooks and bakes.  Her creations have the perfect balance of healthy and delicious.  She uses primarily whole plant ingredients, plenty of beans/legumes, minimal added fats and “just enough” sweetener.  Eat all you want because there’s zero guilt!

The first recipe I tried was the Chickpea Pumpkin Seed Burgers on page 136.  At first I wasn’t sure that the burgers would hold together, but after I let the patties sit for about an hour they held up just fine in the pan.  I cooked 2 and refrigerated the other 4 patties (between layers of parchment paper in a storage container.)  Now I know that oats are a secret ingredient for vegan burger success!  I’ve used gluten flour before, but I’ve never used oats.  Oats work great– I think they’re my new favorite cooking ingredient!  The “resting” time must allow the oats to soak up moisture and this helps bind the burger.

For Burger Night #1 we had a side salad with a creamy horseradish dressing and some roasted Yukon Gold potatoes, carrots, celery and onion.

For Burger Night #2 I made the Raw-nch Dressing on page 47.  I didn’t have fresh parsley so I used kale instead.  It worked.  The dressing made for a great romaine lettuce dip and burger sauce.  We made some homemade potato chips!

For Burger Night #3 we had steamed broccoli.  Raw-nch Dressing also makes a great veggie dip.

I’m looking forward to making more out of Let Them Eat Vegan!

"There are those who are appalled because I am so vocal about injustice, yet I am equally appalled by their silence." Lujene Clark

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