Join Date: May 2009
Location: Omaha, Nebraska
An update: Hey, darkgarden, thanks for the link. I made the burgers from it and they turned out excellent! This is a breakthrough, both for my food budget and for veganism. Those burgers are cheap to make, especially if you soak dried lentils (which I did). He said in the video he didn't have good luck with dried lentils, but I did. I soaked them overnight and then cooked them long enough to get soft. The bread crumbs worked great as the agent to make the burgers stick together. I thought I was going to have to use one of the egg substitutes recommended over at vegweb.com. No need for that. The crumbs worked great.
You can make a bunch of these dirt cheap, and I can tell the recipe is easily modifiable. I'm going to try it with other beans like black beans and pinto beans. I bought a patty maker really cheap that you use to mash the burgers into a uniform shape; then I used my Food Saver to plastic seal numerous patties for freezing. Now I have a big supply of these things that I can grab and cook quickly in my George Foreman grill. Excellent.
This will also help me toward veganism. At the grocery store near me there's usually only one vegan choice for veggie burgers, and, of course, you get tired of that one. Then it's tempting to resort to accepting one of the tasty Morningstar Farms burgers that contains an egg white. I'll be able to make a big variety of veggie burgers that I know are vegan and keep them frozen on hand for when I need a quick meal. And I can make a bunch of different varieties.
The best part was these really tasted better than most store-bought veggie burgers.
They taste better, they're cheaper, and they've vegan. Well worth the effort. This has been a smashing success. I can't wait to try a modified variety.
Thanks again for the link!