Whoa! Hold your horses, please! Before you could say anything about the recipe name, hear me out. Being an almost vegetarian, currently living in the burger capital of the world (not LA, but USA); having been brought up in the almost immigrant city of India (Bangalore) and having done a wee bit of world travel (part, airport stopovers 😛 ) , I have had my fair share of veggie burgers. Does this one, knock the socks off all of them? Hell Yeah! So, yes! I will be calling my recipe, The World’s Best Veggie Burger. Hands Down!
I have this pet peeve that when something is called veggie, it should not just mean vegetarian but it should have a whole lot of vegetables in it (weird, I know but who isn’t ). Say, my burger patty is made up of chickpeas and soy chunks (I’ll get to this one later) neither of which is technically a “vegetable”. So shouldn’t it be the vegetarian burger vs the veggie burger? So, I started to look online for the commonly accepted terminology and the result you see is as in the recipe name.
My search led me to this write-up on a website called Cooking Light. I couldn’t have put it better myself. So, I quote (edited to keep it short), “Veggie burgers can be made with chickpeas, beans, potatoes, any other vegetable that can be mashed and formed into a patty. And made right, they’re delicious—but fragile. Even with binders like breadcrumbs, oats, or egg whites, the patties tend to be delicate things that don’t fare well on the grill. Unless you’re using whole Portobello mushrooms as the “patties”, you’re likely to have more success cooking your veggie burgers on the stove-top or under the broiler, then flipping them very carefully when the time comes. Commercial patties tend to be more robust, of course, but we’re talking about homemade versions here”
Crisp and clear! O……K… Coming back to the world’s best veggie burger, I haven’t used any binder (because I dint want to increase the number of patties, it’s just the two of us eating!) while shaping the patty which made it insanely difficult to flip them. To avoid that and make it convenient for you, my reader (I feel you guys!), I have included a binder in the recipe.
The soy chunks? Easily available at the Indian store down the street but I have linked it to Amazon nevertheless. Don’t worry vegetarians who do not eat it because it looks like meat, you can’t see it in here. Don’t worry non-vegetarians who do not eat it because it looks so much like meat but just is not, you won’t see it in here! 😀 I wouldn’t call it the World’s best veggie burger if I didn’t think it would appeal to one and all.
So, here’s the recipe for the
World’s Best Veggie Burger