The Divine Veggie Burger: Beets, Shiitake + Chipotle Tomato Jam
- 3 cups shiitake mushrooms
- 2 cups shredded beets (approximately 3 medium beets)
- 1 egg, beaten OR 1 Tablespoon chia seeds
- ½ package of smoked tofu (approximately 110 grams)
- ½ cup crumbled tempeh
- 3 Tablespoons sunflower seeds
- 1 teaspoon Braggs liquid aminos or Tamari (if you can’t find either of these, soy sauce will work)
- 1 ½ teaspoons fresh lemon juice
- ½ teaspoon cumin
- ¼ teaspoon toasted and ground fennel seeds*
- 1/8 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 2 pinches of salt + few cracks of pepper
- 3 Tablespoons chopped fresh oregano
- 1 sundried tomato, chopped
- 4 cloves of garlic, chopped
- 4-5 buns or lettuce for lettuce wraps
- cashew cheese
- pea shoots
- shredded carrots
- pickled red onion
CHIPOTLE TOMATO JAM
- 2 Tablespoons coconut oil
- 3 Tablespoons minced red onion
- 1 pint cherry tomatoes, some cut in half, some quartered
- pinch of red pepper flakes
- *small amount of sauce from “Chipotle Peppers in Adobe Sauce”
- ½ Tablespoon maple syrup
- 1 Tablespoon red wine vinegar
- 1 Tablespoon fresh chopped chives
- pinch of salt + few cracks of pepper
DIRECTIONS FOR THE VEGGIE BURGERS
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Arrange the shredded beets and shiitake mushrooms on a baking sheet in a single layer. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes then remove the beets. Continue baking the mushrooms for another 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool.
- While the veggies are roasting, if you are not using an egg, prepare the chia seeds. In a small bowl, combine the chia seeds and 3 Tablespoons of pure water. Let the chia seeds rest for 20 minutes.
- Place the smoked tofu in a food processor. Pulse until crumbled well with no large chunks, but not mushy. Remove and place in a large bowl. Add the crumbled tempeh, sunflower seeds, Braggs liquid aminos, lemon juice, cumin, fennel seeds, smoked paprika, salt and pepper to the bowl.
- In the food processor, add the shiitake mushrooms, beets, fresh oregano, sundried tomato and garlic and pulse until well combined and crumbled but not mushy. Add this mixture to the bowl with the other ingredients. Mix well with your hands until well combined. Add the beaten egg or chia seeds and mix one more time with your hands.
- Form into patties, place on the baking sheet you used for the vegetables and bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes (depending on how thick you make the patties).
- While the veggie burgers are baking, prepare the chipotle tomato jam.
- Check the burgers after 15 minutes; if they are hot throughout, remove from the oven and assemble your burgers.
DIRECTIONS FOR THE CHIPOTLE TOMATO JAM
- In a non-stick pan over medium heat, sauté the red onion and coconut oil for 3-4 minutes until the onions are soft. Add the cherry tomatoes, red pepper flakes, adobe sauce and maple syrup. Cook for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until the tomatoes have cooked down and the sauce has thickened. (Taste while cooking and add more red pepper flakes or chipotle sauce based on your liking). Remove from the heat, add red wine vinegar, chives, salt and pepper. Stir, taste and season if necessary. Keep in a air-tight jar up to 7 days.
- *To toast and grind your fennel seeds: add the fennel seeds to a skillet and toast over low-medium heat for a few minutes until fragrant (be careful not to burn). Place in a mortar and pestle and crush until very fine.
- *”Chipotle Peppers in Adobe Sauce” are extremely spicy. I used a very small amount of the sauce from the can (no seeds, no pepper, only sauce) in this recipe. I basically dipped my spoon in twice and only used what was on the spoon. If you can’t find “Chipotle Peppers in Adobe Sauce” then extra red pepper flakes will work, however, they do give a wonderful smoky flavour! They are normally found near the mexican/ethnic section or by the tomatoes.