Falafel balls and other veggie/bean meat subsitutes...

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I got some falafel balls cooking in the oven right now and they smell heavenly.

I'm looking for some recipes for homemade veggie burgers. I think they'll be healthier and cheaper than Boca or Morningstar.


Any to share?
Well, I morningstar farms products, but I do understand wanting to cook things from scratch. There's a restaurant near me that makes an awesome black bean burger and I've been trying to replicate it at home. This is the closest I come to it (I replace the worcestershire sauce with barbecue sauce or salsa :
Vegetarian Black Bean Burgers Recipe | Guilty Kitchen

But there's still something missing.

I also love mushroom burgers, too, and I usually use whole portabella mushroom caps and do something like this:

Portobello Mushroom Burgers Recipe - Allrecipes.com
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I like Morningstar too but I'm looking for healthier versions.

The falafel balls were delicious! A little crumbly but not too shabby! I dipped them in shakira sauce!!!

Thank you!!
Worcestershire sauce provides umami in a way that something like barbecue sauce can't.
If you want a richer more savory veggie burger, try marmite or vegemite. Charred eggplant purée makes a great addition as well.
Marmite and vegemite make awesome additions to sauces like gravy (and I mean even if it's not vegetarian) because they boost that savory factor.
Soy sauce, mushrooms including stock and mushroom soy, anchovies (which are in regular Worcestershire, but they make vegan as well), and fish sauce also do this.
Smoked paprika and black cardamom give smokiness that add a kind of meaty complexity that really rounds out the flavor.
thats dedication. lol im a vegan and even i have to say that making veggie burgers from scratch is intense. im trying to build up to that though. im working on my cuisine skills. one day, one day.

morningstar vegan burgers are good. boca is okay. I love sunshine farms veggie burgers best though. I think they are soy free, made of grains, nuts, veggies and such. its got great ingredients but its not that healthy. high calories, fat, etc. lol my favorite flavor is southwest. not sure why.

Veggie Burgers, Simply Natural, Naturally Simple Sunshine Burgers

beans are yum though. just saying.

i dunno. hummus is made of garbanzo beans.

falafel is yum too. now im hungry. P:
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Well, I morningstar farms products, but I do understand wanting to cook things from scratch. There's a restaurant near me that makes an awesome black bean burger and I've been trying to replicate it at home. This is the closest I come to it (I replace the worcestershire sauce with barbecue sauce or salsa :
Vegetarian Black Bean Burgers Recipe | Guilty Kitchen

But there's still something missing.

I also love mushroom burgers, too, and I usually use whole portabella mushroom caps and do something like this:

Portobello Mushroom Burgers Recipe - Allrecipes.com
Originally Posted by CurlyCurlies
i want to try portobello mushrooms as burgers. im gonna look into that i hear its yum.
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Strike the bell and bide the danger.
Or wonder, til it drives you mad,
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Try it! You'll be wondering why it took you so long. I also like to make sandwiches/burgers using just vegetables. Grilled (or broiled) eggplant sandwiches are the best. Grilled vegetable paninis are great, too.
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I know that there is at least one lentil burger recipe on Martha Stewart's website (maybe in the Everyday Food section), and the NY Times has a white bean burger recipe.
I got some falafel balls cooking in the oven right now and they smell heavenly.

I'm looking for some recipes for homemade veggie burgers. I think they'll be healthier and cheaper than Boca or Morningstar.


Any to share?
Originally Posted by Speckla
Nothing to share but my neighbors are from Egypt and he makes the best falafel. I'm so lucky that when he makes it, he sends some over for me. My other neighbors are from Guyana and when she cooks, she shares with me too.

I feel like a little stray cat sometimes. :P

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I got some falafel balls cooking in the oven right now and they smell heavenly.

I'm looking for some recipes for homemade veggie burgers. I think they'll be healthier and cheaper than Boca or Morningstar.


Any to share?
Originally Posted by Speckla
Nothing to share but my neighbors are from Egypt and he makes the best falafel. I'm so lucky that when he makes it, he sends some over for me. My other neighbors are from Guyana and when she cooks, she shares with me too.

I feel like a little stray cat sometimes. :P
Originally Posted by roseannadana
Well, then come right over and I'll feed you. Either my house or Ninja Dog's.
mmm i havent had falafel balls for awhile. actually i like any thing rolled into balls. they seem to taste better. shrimpballs, meatballs, cornballs...anything except manballs theyre too salty.
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Go 'way, OBB. This thread is for vegetarians, not vagatarians!
Go 'way, OBB. This thread is for vegetarians, not vagatarians!
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talk about discriminatory. are you sure its not a vaginatarian thread
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Go 'way, OBB. This thread is for vegetarians, not vagatarians!
Originally Posted by Speckla

talk about discriminatory. are you sure its not a vaginatarian thread
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I don't know what you're stalking about!
Falafel is...like...the most awesome thing in existence. I freakin' LOVE falafel and hummus. Spread it on some warm pita bread drizzled in olive oil...and mmmmmm! I'm a chickpea-whore. I'm not ashamed to admit it.

My meat subs? I use Morningstar, Yyves, and Tofurkey products (duh!) Have you ever tried Vegannaise? If not, try it!

Oh, and if you have a Trader Joe's in your area, pick up that soy chorizo they have. It is TO DIE for! Don't get the knockoff version they sell at Wal-Mart, go to Trader Joes and get it there. I made a badass Tex-Mex chili with that stuff that even the meat eaters even went nuts for!

As for vegetables to use as "meat" subs? Um...eggplant "steaks" are a staple, as are portobello mushrooms and lentils. Lentils are the best.
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Worcestershire sauce provides umami in a way that something like barbecue sauce can't.
If you want a richer more savory veggie burger, try marmite or vegemite. Charred eggplant purée makes a great addition as well.
Marmite and vegemite make awesome additions to sauces like gravy (and I mean even if it's not vegetarian) because they boost that savory factor.
Originally Posted by Saria
Saria, you're pretty much the only American I've come across who doesn't run screaming from Vegemite I love it!

Does anybody have a good falafel recipe they'd like to share?
Well, I'm not about to go make toast soldiers with it, but its incredible usefulness cannot be denied!

Falafel:
Fried Fava Bean Patties - Saveur.com
http://gourmettraveller.com.au/falafel2.htm
My Favorite Falafel Recipe at Epicurious.com

The actual herb and spice mix is certainly a personal thing (and indeed it varies from country to country, just as which beans are preferred). I like the cumin to not be overpowering, and herbs like mint and the addition of lemon zest are nice. The only thing that's a must is dried, not canned beans, please! This goes for chickpea hummus as well.

Baked falafel (which I don't care for, but eh)
http://www.globalgourmet.com/ggt/ggt...#axzz1DqiMlb6V
http://www.globalgourmet.com/food/sp...c/falafel.html

Last edited by Saria; 02-14-2011 at 07:18 AM.
Mmmm. I think I might try this one this weekend...

Curried Eggplant, Lentil, and Quinoa Burgers with Onion-Pepper Relish | recipe from FatFree Vegan Kitchen



I'm so happy I found this blog. I've already printed out so many recipes that I want to try. I love that her photos are so bright and crisp, too.
We make these a couple times a month!

Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 1 burger) NOTE: makes more like 6 burgers. if you made 4 they'd be MONSTROUS.

Ingredients
Burger:
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 (15-ounce) can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1 (15-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
1/3 cup dry breadcrumbs
1/4 cup canned whole-kernel yellow corn, drained
1/4 cup prechopped onion
1 large egg
NOTE: I added some spice to the mixture w/ a little chili powder, garlic, cumin and red pepper flakes. I thought it gave it a little more flavor. I also added a bit more breadcrumbs

Ketchup:
1/3 cup ketchup
1 teaspoon honey
1 teaspoon lime juice
1/2 teaspoon chipotle chile powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

Remaining ingredients:
4 (2-ounce) Kaiser rolls or hamburger buns
4 lettuce leaves (optional)
4 (1/4-inch-thick) slices tomato (optional)
Preparation
To prepare burgers, heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.

Combine kidney beans and black beans in a large bowl; partially mash with a fork. Add breadcrumbs, corn, onion, and egg; stir until well blended. Form bean mixture into 4 (1/2-inch-thick) patties. Add patties to pan; cook 4 minutes on each side or until crisp and beginning to brown.

To prepare ketchup, combine ketchup, honey, lime juice, chile powder, and cumin, stirring with a whisk.

Spread 1 tablespoon ketchup on bottom half of each bun; top each serving with a patty, 1 lettuce leaf and 1 tomato slice (if desired), and top half of bun.

Nutritional Information
Calories:447 (25% from fat)
Fat:12.6g (sat 2.8g,mono 7g,poly 1.6g)
Protein:17.9g
Carbohydrate:68.8g
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