Saturday Nights called for Burgers, Homemade Fries & good television
I can remember as a little girl looking forward to Saturday nights for a few reasons; one of them was the Bay City Rollers-Saturday Night was on TV , and of course the Muppets. It also meant usually homemade burgers and french fries OR steak and gravy.
I decided to toss up a different kind of Saturday Burger night in my house a week ago and it’s not even close to my momma’s burgers BUT, it may just have been even better and the best part-It was VEGAN!
A Trip Down Memory Lane
So how many of you watched the Muppets on Saturday Nights? It was a regular addition to our Saturday night Tv shows. I loved watching them and even to this day if I’m having a rough go, I simply go to youtube and clips from some of my favourite episodes. I’ve tried to get my kids to watch them with me, however, the Muppets are just not stimulating enough for kids these days, we have Call of Duty and Zombies to thank for that. I really think we could all use a lot more humour in the world we live in today and the some of the old 70’s and 80’s shows could definitely bring us a few laughs.
What’s your Favourite Burger?
So, before my recent change over to plant-based and vegan choices, my favourite burger place to go was The Hambrgr in Hamilton(for all you non-vegans). Simply AH-MAZ-ING!!, my burger of choice from there?, the Pickleback, which I don’t think they have anymore. In fact I just went there a couple months and tried their Mushroom/Barley burger and I must say, it was really delicious!
I would say during my transition to plant-based that the hardest thing to give up was my burgers and I knew it wouldn’t be long until I came up with a recipe of my own for a vegan burger. I’m still experimenting, but the one I’m about to share was pretty tasty; there is however still much room for improvement. What is your favourite burger place?, both vegan and non-vegan.
Experimenting and Failing
So one thing I’m not afraid to tell you is that going plant based or vegan is a lot of trial and error. You have to be patient with the process and do a lot of research. You can NOT do vegan or plant-based on your own, you must connect with other vegans or plant-based people, you know? find your TRIBE! Going it alone will be like a co-pilot flying a plane without a pilot.
The best place I find my tribe? Instagram, that’s right, they are everywhere! One of my favourite is free_athelete incredible ideas and recipes. Another one is buddha_bowls and of course forks over knivesSo, if your thinking of transitioning for whatever reason or c conviction, I highly recommend not doing it alone. You MUST get the required, proper nutrition when cutting out certain foods. 🙂
I am now sharing my new burger recipe with you, experiment, tweak and make it your own!
Finally to the recipe;
Servings: 6 Burgers
- 3 teaspoons coconut palm sugar or 3 tbsp Maple syrup
- 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 1 tsp liquid smoke
- 1 tsp minced or jarred garlic
- salt & papper to taste
- 1 shallot chopped
Marinade 4 Portobello mushroom in this mix for 10 min. Then place on cookie sheet and bake at 350 for 25 min. (pour all marinade on mushrooms first)
Burger Smash Mix
- cool mushrooms and chop up in chunks(set aside)
- in your processor combine the following;
- 2 chia eggs(1 tbsp chia seeds & 3 tbsp water soaked for 10 minutes) OR 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup cooked brown rice
- 1/2 cup GF flour
- 1/2 cup panko or vegan bread crumbs
- 1 tsp fresh thyme leaves
Pulse all ingredients in your processor till sticky and clumping together. Add another cup of brown rice to mixture and minced fresh kale(optional)-1/2 cup.
Mix well and make your patties, place on a plate and refrigerate for at least an hour to get the best flavour.
Heat & grease your grill till water sizzles on it, place your patties on hot grill and immediately cover with lid. Cook each side for roughly 5 minutes.
Prepare your buns-I prefer brioche buns
Top with your favourite toppings; I used caramelized onions, chipotle sauce(a lot) and a little mustard and some shredded marble cheddar on my boys burger.
Serve with homemade sweet potato fries or russet potato fries & ENJOY!!