Author: Addison, Eco Emi Team Member
Memorial day is one of the most popular holidays to go outside, sit on the patio, and grill some burgers. Let’s just face it, it’s a meat lovers holiday. But, who says the veggie lovers have to miss out on all the fun? Being a vegetarian doesn’t mean that burgers are completely eliminated, on the contrary, veggie patties are simply delicious! Taking the meat out, doesn’t mean that the flavor is ignored; it just opens an avenue of creating various types of dishes with their own unique zest and ingredients. With the next few pieces of advice, you can formulate your own individual recipes for a divine treat this barbeque season.
1. Before adding the veggies, sauté them.
It’s not a party until the veggies arrive. So, make sure they are dressed for the occasion. Instead of adding those veggies in the mixture raw, add a little pizzazz by sautéing them in vegetable oil until they are golden brown. Not only will this add flavor, but will create a more welcome texture in each bite.
2. ‘Tis the Seasoning
Depending on which themed patty you are making (black bean, mushroom, etc.), be sure to add enough seasoning. Most recipes make four to six patties, so don’t be shy about adding a good helping of each of your favorite spices. After all, one of the many benefits of veggie burgers is that you can taste the mixture before cooking it without being in danger of becoming ill.
3. Just think, variety
Don’t just use the traditional ingredients that are often used in veggie burgers. It’s time to branch out and create a whole new masterpiece. Mix and match your favorite veggies, such as, mushrooms, black beans, eggplant, beets, chickpeas, onions, bell peppers, and more! The possibilities are endless, so don’t sell yourself short!
4. Liquid Ingredients add moisture
Sometimes, dry ingredients just don’t cut it. If you want to add a little moisture to the mix, try soy sauce or balsamic vinegar. Have fun by adding mystery ingredients like vegan Worcestershire sauce or tamari to keep your friends guessing!
5. Dress it up!
This year, don’t skip out on the condiments. Don’t go through all the work to make a flavorful burger and then settle for the typical, mustard, ketchup, and relish. Spice it up a little with horserashdish, or mix ketchup with vegan mayo to add as a tasty topping.