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 Post subject: Re: The Best Veggie Burgers on the Planet
PostPosted: Fri Sep 02, 2011 6:24 pm 
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I made the Ortega burgers last night and was so excited, but I think I did something wrong. When I took a bite, I got big strings of gluten and the middles were a little gummy. What might I have done wrong? I don't think they are undercooked, just improperly handled.


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 03, 2011 3:55 am 
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I made the Ortega burgers last night and was so excited, but I think I did something wrong. When I took a bite, I got big strings of gluten and the middles were a little gummy. What might I have done wrong? I don't think they are undercooked, just improperly handled.


That has happened to me too. Maybe you kneaded the dough for too long?

Tomorrow I'm going to make the savory noodle kugel burger, but as a casserole instead, as Joni suggests in the recipe note. I haven't made that recipe before, but I think it will be amazing.


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 05, 2011 6:34 pm 
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I just had a Chipotle Sweet Potato burger. Wow - these were amazing. Perfect for the very autumnal Labor Day we're having. I was worried they'd be way too spicy (the recipe does seem to call for an entire can of chipotles - both the peppers and the sauce). But the sweetness of the brown sugar and the sweet potatoes balanced the heat nicely. I wasn't sure what to do for condiments because mayo/mustard/ketchup didn't seem like they'd mesh with the flavors very well. I opted for vegan steak sauce and a little chipotle tabasco, with a sprinkle of granulated maple sugar on the underside of the buns. I thought these additions really brought the flavors home.

I have a feeling I'll be making a few batches of these through the fall and winter. I also think they seemed a bit lighter and healthier than some of the other recipes I've tried from the book. Don't get me wrong - I love the Bacon Cheeseburgers and the Noochy Burgers, but they are pretty gut-busting and make me feel like I need to subsist only on rice cakes for a few days.


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 08, 2011 5:56 am 
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What did I do wrong?! The bacon cheeseburgers were too sweet for my taste : (


These are my favorite burgers but the recipe as written is a bit too sweet for me. I reduce the maple syrup to 2 tablespoons, use 2 tablespoons of tahini instead of peanut butter, and add a little extra barbecue sauce.

I'm going to try making the really meaty burgers this weekend with Upton's ground seitan.

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 08, 2011 7:54 am 
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Oh, that's a really good idea to replace the pb with tahini.


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 Post subject: Re: The Best Veggie Burgers on the Planet
PostPosted: Mon Oct 17, 2011 6:08 pm 
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I made the bacon cheeseburgers with the above changes, except agave instead of maple. My omni family really liked them.


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 18, 2011 5:27 pm 
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My book has been MIA for the last 3 months! It was shuffled around when we moved this summer and hasn't shown up yet... Ahhh!!

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 24, 2011 12:39 pm 
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Made the Bagel Buns (with sesame seeds on top) and Bac'n and "Egg" breakfast burgers for lunches this week. Eating lunch now and I am very, very happy.

I made two modifications: 1) in the Bagel Buns, I subbed half of the all purpose flour with whole wheat pastry flour (think this would add a little more nutrition and fiber). They came out great (in my humble opinion). 2) For the burgers, I left out the all purpose flour and added about 1/4 cup garbanzo/fava flour (Bob Mill's). The burgers held together just fine.

And I'm not trying to rub it in kdub :)...

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I noticed Joni's site has a bunch of the recipes posted though not all. Hope you find your book!

http://www.joninewman.com/Recipes.html


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 Post subject: Re: The Best Veggie Burgers on the Planet
PostPosted: Tue Dec 06, 2011 7:17 pm 
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Finally found my book! It turned up at my mom's as she was doing some late fall cleaning... wahoo!!

I made the Basic Black Bean BBQ Burgers last week, subbing barley for the TVP. They were great topped with avocado, tomato, a little mayo and extra BBQ.

Tonight I made the Chicken Salad Sammies. I always double the veggies, raisins and walnuts and there is still enough mayo to go around. I love it over spinach as a salad instead of a sammie.

Later this week I'm planning to make the Jalapeno Cornbread Burgers and the Mushroom Chicken Burger. They both sound awesome, so I'm excited to try them. AND, in case you can't tell, I'm so psyched to have my book back!

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 Post subject: Re: The Best Veggie Burgers on the Planet
PostPosted: Thu Dec 15, 2011 12:32 pm 
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I made the seitanic stuffers again this week, but this time I stuffed them with the homemade bacon bits from Vegan Subs. Really good.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 01, 2012 4:21 pm 
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I'm making the seitanic stuffers tonight, the cheeseburger version. I haven't even gotten to the burger part yet but the cheese is blowing my mind. I can't stop eating it with crackers. Best vegan cheese I've ever had, homemade or otherwise.


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 Post subject: Re: The Best Veggie Burgers on the Planet
PostPosted: Thu Jan 05, 2012 5:50 am 
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I got this book for christmas and I don't know where to start, there's so many that look awesome. Although I did make the mistake of working out the calories for the bacon cheeseburgers! Bad move. hahahaha.

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 Post subject: Re: The Best Veggie Burgers on the Planet
PostPosted: Thu Jan 05, 2012 9:14 am 
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I just made the no-tuna melt. AMAZING. Love everything I've tried from the book though, so that was no surprise. I especially like the log cabin burger.

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 Post subject: Re: The Best Veggie Burgers on the Planet
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Made the Aloha Teriyaki burger Friday night and it was the best ever. Chewy, meaty, still tender though and with a hint of sweetness from pineapple. It was so good I'm making it for dinner again tonight.

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I bought this as an attempt to get myself back into the kitchen. Made the bacon cheeseburgers, thought I had died and gone to heaven.

I now need to concentrate on the ones full of greens and seeds and pulses until my arteries unclog.


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 Post subject: Re: The Best Veggie Burgers on the Planet
PostPosted: Tue Mar 06, 2012 10:59 pm 
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I love this book, but hadn't used it for awhile. Made the Split Pea and Ham burgers, and they're really good. I wasn't a huge fan of the ham seitan on it's own, but it works really well in the burgers. The 50/50 flatbread was a total fail for me though; I'm assuming I did something wrong, but I don't know what. Everything else I've made has been so good though!


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 Post subject: Re: The Best Veggie Burgers on the Planet
PostPosted: Wed Mar 07, 2012 5:07 pm 
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kdub wrote:
My book has been MIA for the last 3 months! It was shuffled around when we moved this summer and hasn't shown up yet... Ahhh!!

This happened. To me to I just found it last week!

I made holiday burgers

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 Post subject: Re: The Best Veggie Burgers on the Planet
PostPosted: Wed Mar 07, 2012 6:29 pm 
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I still have barely made anything from this book! That's not the book's fault, mostly just me and my perpetual indecision (and always being missing one ingredient)! I am pretty obsesssed with the tofu egg salad though and made it yet again tonight for pieces tomorrow. So freaking good.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 07, 2012 6:57 pm 
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Bacon & egg breakfast burger= amazing. We've made them half a dozen times and they're always better than I remember. We alwaays use the coconut bacon from AVK. So good!

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 11, 2012 3:35 pm 
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Made the Chinese take-out burgers last night.. a little time intensive, but worth it. We chopped frozen stir-fry veggies to add to the burgers and a few green onions. The glaze was amazing and something I can see using in other dishes. Only problem was that the coating was super thick (1 c chickpea flour, 1/2 milk), so I was nearly impossible to coat the patty. I had to slather it on with a fork?

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 11, 2012 9:47 pm 
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this is a general question - I've got a Ninja which has a dough hook. do you think that would work for doing anything "kneady" (esp. with Seitan etc) or it would be better to work it by hand?

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PostPosted: Tue May 01, 2012 9:32 am 
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I finally got my copy ! The pizza burgers and baba ganoush burgers sound amazing(has anyone made them?), but I'll go with the wisdom of this thread and try the bacon cheeseburgers with a little less oil first.

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 Post subject: Re: The Best Veggie Burgers on the Planet
PostPosted: Tue May 01, 2012 9:33 am 
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I've made the baba ghanoush burgers! I remember thinking there was no way they were going to stick together in the frying pan but they totally did.


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 Post subject: Re: The Best Veggie Burgers on the Planet
PostPosted: Tue May 01, 2012 12:24 pm 
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this is a general question - I've got a Ninja which has a dough hook. do you think that would work for doing anything "kneady" (esp. with Seitan etc) or it would be better to work it by hand?


I use the dough hook on my mixer for all my seitan making. I can't vouch for the Ninja in particular, but I don't see why it wouldn't work.

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thanks :)
I figure the best way to figure it out is to try it out! :)

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