Veggie Burger


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New York Cult Recipes

New York Cult Recipes

By Marc Grossman

Published 2013

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A good vegetarian burger should be as fully satisfying for a meat eater as for a vegetarian. This is a patty recipe I’ve been fiddling with for years.


To Cook

  • 100 g ( oz/½ cup) whole wheat or pearl barley (or a little more, given that volumes can vary)

To Sauté

  • 3 teaspoons finely chopped onion
  • 15 g (½ oz) mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • 3 teaspoons cooking oil
  • 2 pinches sweet or smoked paprika (optional)

Other Ingredients

  • 2 egg whites
  • 175 g (6 oz) tinned red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 3 medjool dates, pitted
  • 1 tablespoon cornflour (cornstarch)
  • 2 tablespoons diced beetroot (beets), preferably raw
  • 3 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 2 pinches light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons flat-leaf (Italian) parsley
  • 1 teaspoon salt


Cooking the Wheat

The 100 g ( oz) of wheat plus three times its volume in water should give you 300 g (10½ oz) of cooked wheat, but to be safe you could cook a little more. Boil the water with the wheat, then lower the heat and simmer for about 30 minutes. If, when the water is absorbed, the wheat is still too hard, add more water and keep cooking until the wheat is as tender as you like it. If, on the other hand, the wheat is tender before all the water is absorbed, turn off the heat and drain off the excess water. Cool.

Sautéing the Vegetables

Sauté the onions and mushrooms in the oil for about 5 minutes until the onions are translucent. Add the paprika to finish.

The Patties

Process the sautéed vegetables and the cooked wheat with the other ingredients in a food processor, then, using slightly wet hands, shape the mixture into 4 patties. In a frying pan, cook the patties in some oil over low heat, 5–7 minutes on each side until nicely browned, then turn them over carefully with a wide, thin spatula. For uniformly shaped patties, use a round cutter filled to three-quarters in the frying pan. Remove it before turning over the patty.

The Burger

Serve on buns with sauce and toppings as for meat hamburgers.

Sweet Potatoes

See ‘home fries’ recipe.