Since I started eating vegetarian and have encouraged a lot of people to do the same, I made an initiative to make vegetarian lunches for my friends. But since not all everyone who are interested are within my reach, I’m posting some of my recipes online so that everyone can get a hand in eating yummy vegetarian food!
Here is one of my favorite newly-found vegetarian dishes, Vegetarian BBQ Burgers. This recipe is a bit of a hodge podge of things that I found online that could work and a lot of the food that I like. I tried making vegetarian burgers because I love burgers and was missing the savory taste that it brought.
It does take some time to make but I promise that it will be worth it.
1 pack black beans
1 large carrot (grated)
1 large white onion (grated)
1 block tofu
6 tbsp flour dissolved in ½ cup water
Salt and pepper
6 medium tomatoes (diced)
2 red peppers (diced)
4 cloves of garlic
3 tbsp of muscovado sugar
4 bay leaves
2 tbsp olive oil
Half handful basil leaf (minced)
Salt and pepper
Patties: Boil black beans until tender then drain and set aside. (Tip: Let the water coil first before adding the beans, water will heat faster on its own rather than with something else. Also while boiling the beans, grate the carrot and onion on a large mixing bowl. Add the black beans once it’s cool enough to touch after boiling. Mash beans with your hands until it’s chunky, add in tofu and mash together with the bean mixture. Add salt and pepper to taste. Mix in dissolved flour before frying.
BBQ Sauce: Sautee onion until translucent then add in garlic and pepper. Stir every once in a while, once pepper is tender, add in tomatoes, bay leaves, basil and muscovado. This will cook for about 1 to 1.5 hours. Should stir every 10 to 15 minutes to make sure that nothing sticks to the bottom and you don’t burn your sauce. Add salt and pepper depending on taste.
Burger: Put some olive oil in the pan, just enough to coat the bottom. With the patty mixture, create a ball in your hands then put it in the pan. (It’s best to put just to 2 or 3 in a pan at the same time so your patties will cook faster and you can flip them better) Press down to make the shape of the patty even so it will cook evenly. Cook one side until its brown, this will probably take about 4 minutes. Then flip it to cook the other side. Once patties are done, put in buns, add some lettuce and top with the bbq sauce and cheese.
I hope you try this recipe and let me know if you love it too! Any suggestions to make the recipe better is very welcome. 🙂