Pam's Possible Burger

Updated: Jan 10

Refreshing & Nutritious

By: Pam Smith, RDN

Intended to be served as a burger or a slider, this is quite possibly the best hamburger alternative you’ll ever have - for your taste buds and your health! The farro and the chickpeas (some pureed, some rough chopped) give a perfect balance of complementary amino acids to give complete, high-quality protein, and the roasted mushrooms blend contributes a “meaty” element, umami, and craveability, together with beautiful moisture and texture. The aquafaba replaces eggs to pull it all together for plant-based deliciousness. Give it a try and be amazed!


Pam's Possible Burger


Yields: 12 sliders or 6 burger servings


Ingredients

  • 6 ounces aquafaba (liquid from drained chickpeas)

  • 1/4 cup Panko breadcrumbs

  • 2 1/4 cups drained whole chickpeas

  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

  • 1/2 cup onion, small dice

  • 1/2 tablespoon garlic, minced

  • 2 tablespoons P.S. Flavor!™ Smokey Southern

  • 8 ounces Roasted Mushroom Base for “The Blend”, see recipe

  • 4 ounces cooked farro

  • Additional Panko for crusting, as needed

  • Shiitake Aioli (optional), recipe follows, or mayonnaise and Dijon mustard

  • Tomato, red onion, and/or avocado slices (optional, garnishes)


Method

  1. Add aquafaba and Panko to a small mixing bowl; set aside to make panade.

  2. Measure out ¾ cup of the chickpeas. Rough chop, and set aside in a large bowl.

  3. Sauté onions in 1 teaspoon olive oil until tender, and then add garlic and Smokey Southern and sauté an additional 30 seconds. Remove from pan onto a plate to cool to room temperature.

  4. Add remaining chickpeas and cooled onion-garlic mixture to the food processor; blend until smooth, for about 1 minute.

  5. Place mixture into a large mixing bowl.

  6. Fold in rough chopped chickpeas, Roasted Mushroom Base, and farro into mixture until combined.

  7. Form into 6-ounce patties, measuring 4” width 1/2” height (2), or into 2-ounce patties for sliders. Pat in Panko, and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

  8. Heat a sauté pan to medium heat; add remaining olive oil.

  9. Sear Possible Sliders for 2 1/2 minutes on each side until golden brown.

  10. Build as desired with bun and toppings, such as Shiitake Aioli, mayonnaise, or Dijon mustard, tomato, red onion and/or avocado slices.



Roasted Mushroom Base for "The Blend"


Yields: 1/2 pound or 1 cup


Ingredients

  • 1/2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil


  • 1 pound cremini or white button mushrooms, quartered


  • 1 teaspoon P.S. Flavor!™ Creole Kitchen

Method

  1. Place a baking sheet pan in oven and preheat the oven to 400º F.

  2. In a large bowl, mix together the olive oil, mushrooms, and Creole Kitchen.

  3. Spread in an even layer on the heated baking sheet. Bake on the middle rack of the preheated oven for 15 to 20 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes, until the mushrooms are tender and quite dry. They will reduce considerably in volume.

  4. Remove from the heat and allow to cool. Grind in grinder or food processor fitted with the steel blade until chopped fine (to the size of hamburger) but still retaining some texture. Taste and adjust seasonings.



Shiitake Aioli


Yields: 1 cup


Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil

  • 4 ounces shiitake mushrooms, stemmed and minced

  • 2 tablespoons coarse ground Dijon mustard

  • 3/4 cup of your favorite mayonnaise (olive oil mayo, avocado, vegan)

  • 2 tablespoons P.S. Flavor!™ Smokey Southern

Method

  1. Place a baking sheet pan in oven and preheat the oven to 400º F.

  2. In a large bowl, mix together the olive oil, mushrooms, and Smokey Southern.

  3. Spread in an even layer on the heated baking sheet. Bake on the middle rack of the preheated oven for 15 to 20 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes, until the mushrooms are tender and quite dry. They will reduce considerably in volume.

  4. Remove from the heat and allow to cool. Grind in grinder or food processor fitted with the steel blade until chopped fine (to the size of hamburger) but still retaining some texture. Taste and adjust seasonings.













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