20140715-132318-48198004.jpg“It’s easier to make this vegetarian burger meal than you think it would be. It’s yummy and healthy.”

Seriously. This is the best way to ‘trick’ one that does not eat beans, carrot, celery, and mushrooms. For one who does not like oats, or has to take oats for his/ her purpose, yet would wish to explore a new way to take the oats other than making the viral-recipe, Overnight Oats, this is a great food for ya.

For the non-initiated, I was referring to our vegetarian Western burger meal with my veggie patty and pineapple teriyaki sauce posted up on my FB wall last evening. Yes, you are right. The veggie patty made consists of all the above mentioned, and more..

Well, it might look complicated to make, but it wasn’t. Just need to gather quite a number of ingredients, but most of the ingredients are easily available at the major supermarkets. Oat, is one of the main stars, in order to create a ‘meaty’ effect in your vegetarian patty. And, don’t worried as you would unlikely to taste it prominently.

I am a breastfeeding mum, still, who is also on weight losing diet. Hence, after taking this veggie burger, I had more yields for the night, it’s true. It also kept me feel full for longer, in fact the whole night. So, there wasn’t a chance to taste my tofu cheese cake which was intended for supper as I thought we would get hungry easily since it was non-meat dinner that we had for the evening. I was wrong. :)

Having mentioned so much now, I guess you sure be interested to make one for yourself and your loved ones. See my long recipe, but please, don’t be intimidated by the wordings, just trying to be detailed. In fact, recipe is simple. :D

20140715-132317-48197923.jpgYields 8-9 patties
Ingredients for patty:
(A):
1 small cup of cooked chick peas
1 small cup of cooked kidney beans
1 small cup of button mushrooms, sliced and diced
3-5 of fresh Shiitake mushrooms, trimmed and diced
1 carrot, peeled and diced
1 celery, diced
1 block of pressed tofu

(B):
1 big cup of quick-cooked rolled oats
1 bowl plus 2 tablespoons of corn starch
1 bowl plus 2 tablespoons of breadcrumbs

2 eggs (Optional)

(C):
1 teaspoon of Italian mixed herbs
1 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of sugar
1 tablespoon of vegetarian oyster (mushroom) sauce
1 tablespoon of mustard

Ingredients for pineapple teriyaki sauce:
1 small cup of pineapple syrup
2 tablespoons of light soy sauce
3 teaspoons of sugar
Drizzles of Mirin
Few drops of lemon juice

Ingredients to assemble burger:
Burger buns
Sliced Cheddar cheese
Canned sliced pineapple (keep the syrup for sauce making as listed above)
Sliced tomatoes
Sliced onions
Lettuce leaves
Butter

Method
(1) To make veggie patty: Place Ingredients (A) into blender to coarsely blend. Add 1 egg as well, if opted. Remember do not blend too fine, but leave them with some texture in it.

(2) Transfer out from blender to a large bowl, add rolled oats, 2 tablespoons of corn starch, breadcrumbs and all the seasonings listed in (C). Place the mixture in the refrigerator to set for at least 1 hour.

(3) Remove from fridge. Scope a large spoonful of patty mixture and form into a round disc. Pat some corn starch on both sides. If using egg, coat a layer of beaten egg, followed by breadcrumbs on both sides. If not using egg, replace with water. Repeat step until all patties are done.

(4) Let the patties rest for about 20 minutes. In a large pan, heat oil and sauté patties over medium fire, until both sides are browned and crisped.

(5) To cook pineapple teriyaki sauce: In a small bowl, combine all listed condiments for sauce. Pour the condiments mixture in a heated saucepan over low heat. Let it simmer until sugar caramelized and sauce thickened. Transfer to a bowl and reserve for later.

(6) When ready to serve: Slice burger buns into 2 layers each. Spread some butter on the inner sides of both layers of buns. Lightly toast the buns on pan. Remove from pan.

(7) To assemble a burger: On the bottom bun, spread some mustard, if desired. Place a veggie patty, followed by a slice of cheese, tomato, lettuce, onion and pineapple ring. Drizzle some teriyaki sauce on the fillings (Or you may choose to dip the whole veggie patty in the teriyaki sauce before placing on the bun). Top it off with the top bun, and serve with fries, chips or salad.

This burger meal counts about 380kcal.

I did not specify exact amount of most of the ingredients as that would very much depends on your desire and liking. Adjust the amount to suit your taste e.g. If you do not like to have strong mushroom flavor, put the least amount of Shiitake mushroom. If you like smoother and softer patty, add more chickpeas, etc. However, try not to omit any of these ingredients to retain the original recipe I made.

Tips: Get the chick peas and kidney beans readily canned from supermarket. You might also find cooked chick peas in some Indian food stalls in food courts. Alternatively, get the dried ones from dried goods shelves and boil them until softened.
* May use quick-cook or normal rolled oats, but I am yet to try instant rolled oats as I worried it might be too soft and less textured for making patty. But who knows, it may also taste just better, I will try one day!
* Italian mixed herbs in bottle is available in the supermarkets, too. You may also add just the freshly chopped rosemary and thymes as well as some fresh lemon rinds, instead of the dried mixed herbs.
* Egg is optional, if you are pure vegetarian. The addition of egg helps to stick the patty more easily and it creates more aromatic flavor, but it’s ok if you do not take egg for vegetarian. I did not add any egg the first time I made this. Simply add 1 more teaspoon of corn starch, if necessary.
* In any case, if you blend your ingredient to finely and soft, let it set in the freezer after the step of coating breadcrumbs on the patties (before cooking).
* For the burger fillings, you may choose to put the pickles you liked to go along with your burger though.
* I would not put any chili sauce or ketchup until I tasted the burger first.