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#1 Old 08-31-2011, 05:41 AM
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I've used this twice now in Veganomicon recipes -- chickpea patties and black bean burgers. I get the use of it in these recipes - - it helps bind the burgers and keep them together. But does anyone else notice a stringy-stretchiness about the burgers that could be avoided? Am I not kneading enough? Or is this just how VItal Wheat GLuten is?

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#2 Old 08-31-2011, 09:23 AM
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My understanding is the whole purpose of gluten is to give it that stringy texture. If you don't like it, just use breadcrumbs to bind your patties together. They'll be a little more delicate but still good.
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#3 Old 08-31-2011, 01:26 PM
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If you bake the chickpea cutlets, they'll have a firmer texture and not be so stringy and weird. I imagine it would work for the black bean burgers, too, but I haven't tried that yet. I'll try it tomorrow and let ya know. I want them anyway.
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#4 Old 08-31-2011, 01:32 PM
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If you bake the chickpea cutlets, they'll have a firmer texture and not be so stringy and weird. I imagine it would work for the black bean burgers, too, but I haven't tried that yet. I'll try it tomorrow and let ya know. I want them anyway.


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Yeah you can just skip it in the chickpea cutlets and they'll be fine. I haven't done the black bean burgers either so I don't know about them.

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#6 Old 09-01-2011, 11:48 AM
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I just baked the black bean burgers for lunch and I think baking them definitely improves the texture. They don't stretch when you take a bite off them like they did when I fried them. This is my new "go to" veggie burger.

I sprayed a cookie sheet with cooking spray and baked them at 375 for 20 minutes, flipped them and baked them for 8 more minutes. They turned out a little crisp on the outside, but soft in the middle and I liked them that way. The fried mushy, stretchy burgers were annoying to eat. These are much better, in my opinion.
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#7 Old 09-01-2011, 01:39 PM
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Thanks for sharing Mrs T. I'm going to do mine this way from now on too!
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