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Black Rice & Mushroom Burgers

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Get ready for some good old-fashioned vegan mushroom and black rice burgers! That’s probably not a sentence that gets uttered frequently, but we’re hoping to change that once you realize the blend of bold flavors in this recipe. This recipe contains a very special spice mixture known as baharat, which is commonly used in Middle Eastern, Turkish, and Greek cuisine. It is very aromatic and breathes life into these burger patties.

  • Prep Time: 15m
  • Cook Time: 15m
  • Total Time: 30m

Ingredients

For the Patties

  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 c button mushrooms, stems removed and chopped
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp. baharat spice
  • 1 c cooked black rice
  • 1 large carrot, grated
  • 1/2 tsp. fresh lemon zest (from about 1/2 lemon)
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1 flax egg (1 tbsp ground flaxseed mixed with 2.5 tbsp water)
  • 1 c whole wheat breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 c parsley, chopped
  • sea salt and pepper, to taste
  • olive oil

For the Burgers

  • 4 burger buns of your choice
  • 1 avocado, peeled, pitted, and thinly sliced
  • 1/2 c cucumber, thinly sliced
  • 4 large leaves of green leaf lettuce
  • 1/2 tomato, thinly sliced

Instructions

For the Patties

  1. Warm the olive oil in a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat and add the mushrooms and onions. Cook for about 5-8 minutes, or until the mushrooms and onions have started to brown. Make sure to stir occasionally.
  2. Add the garlic and baharat spice to the pan and mix well. Cook for an additional 1-2 minutes and then remove from the heat. Let this cool for 10 minutes.
  3. Spoon the mushroom mixture into a large mixing bowl and fold in the cooked rice, carrot, cayenne, flax egg, breadcrumbs, parsley, and a few generous pinches of sea salt and pepper. If the mixture is a bit wet, add more breadcrumbs to help dry it out a bit.
  4. Form four patties with your hands and cook them in a large pan with about one tablespoon of olive oil. Make sure the heat is medium because you do not want to burn your burger patties. Cook for about 5 minutes on each side.

For the Burgers

  1. Once the burgers are done cooking, remove them from the pan and start assembling the burgers.
  2. Place one burger on a bottom bun and stack lettuce, cucumber, and tomato how you please. Smear avocado on the inside of the top bun and sandwich it down to complete the burger. Please enjoy!
2020-04-09T08:50:07-07:00