Posts Tagged ‘burgers’

Japanese Restaurant Salad and Chicken Sliders with Wasabi Sauce

July 18, 2013


These little chicken burgers were not supposed to be anything remotely Asian. I got the foundation of the recipe while confiding in a complete stranger at the local kosher butcher.

“My son is sick of the usual chicken,” I said, “so I am going to try giving him chicken meatballs.”

“Oh,” she offered, “I have a recipe from my grandmother that you could try. You mix ground chicken with grated carrot and grated onion, a little matzoh meal, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper . . . . Then you fry them or bake them. No sauce.”

“Really? So how much matzoh meal? How much of the other ingredients?”

She turned to her elderly mother: “Ma, how much matzoh meal? Half a cup? Yes, that sounds right. To a pound of chicken, plus a whole carrot and a whole onion.”

Okay, I was game. I made the chicken burgers, but they were a little bland by themselves. Then it occurred to me that the burgers were kind of like falshe (mock gefilte fish made with chicken instead of fish). Maybe, I thought, they would be good with horseradish or wasabi.

I decided to go Asian and serve the burgers with wasabi sauce and  a salad topped with a carrot ginger dressing. The result was such a huge success that when I made the burgers again, I tweaked the  recipe with a little added soy sauce and honey.


Easy, Inexpensive Vegan Burgers

February 14, 2012

Vegetarian “burgers” can be pricey and some have very processed ingredients. These lentil burgers are incredibly cheap and fairly easy to make. You boil lentils until tender, saute onions, and then mix the drained cooked lentils with the sauteed onions, breadcrumbs and some seasonings. Shape, bake and serve.

The only thing to bear in mind is that the recipe is a bit time consuming–mostly hand-off time while you wait for the lentils to cook (about 45 minutes) and then bake (another 45 minutes). The actual preparation of the burger mix goes fairly quickly. Just plan on making this recipe when you have other stuff to do around the house for a couple of hours.

The recipe is adapted from the recipe for Lentil Loaf in The Kid-Friendly ADHD & Austism Cookbook, which in turn adapted it from the Clarksville, Maryland  Great Sage Restaurant (the meatloaf doesn’t seem to be on the menu anymore, but here is a review by Richard Gorelick that describes it as follows: “Great Sage’s take on the classic vegan ‘meat loaf’ ($13.99) combines seasoned lentils, walnuts, and grains with a moistening barbecue sauce. Sides of mashed potatoes arrive ladled with homemade onion gravy, and lemon-sautéed broccoli sprinkled with sesame seeds. I liked the dish’s assertively peppery seasoning and the way the loaf held together.”

I’ve made this recipe twice (so far). The first time I cut corners and left out the cooked brown rice and walnuts from the recipe. The second time I added those ingredients. The burgers tasted pretty much the same. Both ways, these burgers were a huge hit at my house.


Jeanne Lemlin’s Herbed Bean Burgers

June 24, 2010

Jeanne Lemlin, in Simple Vegetarian Pleasures, says that these white bean burgers taste like stuffing. She’s really not kidding. They taste exactly like the Thanksgiving dish made with bread. (more…)

Moosewood’s Curried Red Lentil Burgers

June 14, 2010

These vegetarian (vegan, actually) burgers were fantastic, not to mention wonderfully nutritious.

They are also not so hard to make, provided that you already have about 2 cups of cooked brown rice on hand. (more…)