If you're craving meat but want to stick with your whole food plant-based diet, try these Black Bean Mushroom burgers.
I know that mushrooms add a “beefy” flavor and I also had seen an episode of America’s Test Kitchen that talked about this quality called "umami" in other foods. If you find that giving up meat is tough then these flavors might help you make the transition.
Also, I recently answered a reader's question about craving meat that you can read in this article: Reader Questions: Craving Meat and Hungry All the Time?
I created these black bean mushroom burgers to have some "beefy" umami-tasting substitutions - mushrooms, soy sauce, red wine, and sun-dried tomatoes.
Plant-Based Mushroom Burger Recipe
Soak the sun-dried tomatoes in hot water for about 10 minutes. Once they are plump, drain and set aside.
In a large skillet, saute the onions in water or vegetable broth until golden. Follow by adding in the mushrooms, garlic, and cumin. You want to cook the mushrooms until they start to juice then add in the soy sauce and red wine. If you'd prefer not using wine, try replacing with vegetable broth.
Set this aside to cool. The toasted bread should be torn into pieces and crumbled in a food processor then placed aside in a bowl. Add the mushroom mix, sun-dried tomatoes, and black beans to the food processor and pulse to just combine. You want to leave some chunky bits, so be sure not to over-process.
Add this black bean and mushroom burger mix into the bread crumbs and make into 4 patties.
Add to a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake about 5 minutes until brown, then flip and repeat.
Plant-Based Mushroom Burger Toppings
One of the best things about a burger is that they are very satisfying and they're good for crowds. If you have a large family with picky eaters, burgers allow them to pick and choose toppings they love.
Have a look at these black bean inspired recipes:
- Black Bean Tacos with avocado Cream
- Black Bean Soup with Sweet Potatoes
- Black Bean, Beet Burger
- Black Bean Brownies
Burgers are customizable and a great canvas to layer tons of flavors. You literally have so many options to build flavor. You can keep it simple like onion, lettuce and pickles. Make your own homemade pickles for burgers and wraps and it's all the more delicious.
But on the other hand, you can kick your burger up several notches by adding fresh pico de gallo, avocado and maybe some grilled peppers for a southwestern black bean mushroom burger. You could even freshen it up with my Mango Salsa and serve it with a side of chips.
Add kimchi, sesame seeds, bean sprouts and vegan wasabi mayo for an Asian style burger.
I'd love to hear your feedback in the comments below for this Black Bean Mushroom Burger ! If you have a photo, post it on my Facebook page, tag me using the hashtag #plantbasedcooking
Originally post Dec 11, 2011.