Last call for feedback and ideas!
Not much of a contribution as a request for a vegan gluten and soy-free burger. More importantly the former :) x
I love mushrooms so mushroom based ,maybe with chickpeas and /or lentils, some tahini for more richness. I don't generally add herbs to my meat nased burgers, but you can't go wrong with sage and mushrooms!
Shagbark Seed & Mill worked with chef Matt Rapposelli to develop a great recipe for a black bean and spelt burger. Spelt is chewy, beans are delicious. Is there a grain (fermented steel cut oats?) that can offer the same chew without the gluten? Let's consider that meat once meant beans, and beans are perfectly delicious and do not need to claim to imitate red meat..they are their own meat!
Time is important to me. I would like something that doesn’t take any more than 30 minutes from start to finish. If I have to chop too many vegetables I Kinda lose interest. I make one now that’s really good that has black beans and quinoa in it and in the amount of time the quinoa is cooking I can get all the other ingredients prepped and I like that.
Late to the party, but honestly....? Once in a very great while eat an awesome beef hamburger with all the fixings you love. The point is to eat less, or no, meat for health and/or environmental reasons. Why do we have to trick ourselves into thinking we're still getting a hamburger? For me that only emphasizes the deprivation. That way lies fake food, and boy are the manufacturers happy to oblige! Why try to imitate a hamburger, with grains and beans and vegetables that have their own diverse wonderfulness, prepared in the thousands of ways people have been inspired to cook them through the ages? Some of them are even sublime between two pieces of bread.
Wowie! Thank you everyone for all the excellent feedback. Let me know if you have any questions. I'll keep an eye out on comments as we work on the round up post.
I love mushrooms in a veggie burger and grains with a little bite or toothiness, like farro and barley. It doesn't need to resemble meat, but for some reason I prefer them to be a browner color, as opposed to yellow or orangey. And enough of a liquid or wetter component to be moist and not too dry or crumbly
Please, no cumin. I'd like to see a veggie burger that doesn't fall back on blackbeans and cumin.
The perfect veggie burger for me is one that doesn't attempt to taste like meat. I stopped eating meat years ago in college and have no desire at all to eat something that tastes like a real burger.Many of the so- called alternatives to meat try hard to imitate the texture and mouth feel of a burger and, frankly, taste repulsive to me. These products like Beyond Meat target a person who is trying to stop eating so much meat or who has recently cut meat out of their diet but is craving it. The Veggie burgers I've liked taste more like mushrooms, nuts, spices and grains.
My ideal is a veggie burger that doesn't try or pretend to be meat. It should not include un-burger-ish seasonings such as cumin. Texture should be ground up and homogeneous - I don't want visible (or perceptible-while-chewing) chunks of vegetables, beans, or tofu. I enjoy a crispy exterior and softer interior but please, no simulating medium rare by adding beets to make it "bleed". We who have been at this vegetarian thing for decades do not want or need to be tricked into believing we just might be having a carnivorous experience.
Haven’t found it yet! But for a period of time there was a mushroom based burger I loved. I tried making on with mushroom, shallots, thyme… they’ve got to be in there. Can’t do lentils, myself, nor beans, and I don’t want them too starchy so I get stuck with what holds them together.
I'm a whole foods vegan, so though the burgers like the Impossible or Beyond Meat ones are yummy, they're not for me. My favorite is a combo of black beans, sweet potatoes, chopped mushrooms, and chopped walnuts. With plenty of garlic, cumin, green onion, and smoked paprika, it hits all the flavor notes for me!
My most favorite veggie burger is from J. kenji Lopez-Alt, “Really Awesome Black Black Burger.” It is vegetarian, not vegan. It is the best one I have tried and it works on a grill or pan.
For me, I am thinking of something toothsome with a savory blend of beans, mushrooms, alliums, herbs, coarsely ground nuts (pistachio comes to mind), brussels sprouts.
The impossible meat burger with gouda chese on top of the other toppings (tomato/pickle, etc., saute'ed onions) add a pinch of grape or bacon jelly. Slide it between two gluten free buns and add mayo/mustard/ketchup. Eat up and be Happy!!
Easy to compile and cook. Toothy and not too fragile. My fave is Morning Star Black Bean burgers.