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Redemption Burgers

Posted on 29 Sep 2010 by maisha (posted in: blogs)

You win some, you lose some... Yesterday's dinner was definetely a loss!
Experimenting has its risks, but risks are necessary for innovation. *keep telling yourself that lalala*

Yesterday's experiment was a futile attempt to make vegetarian burgers using kidney beans, store-bought vegetarian minced meat, eggs, and lots of spices.

After blending these ingredients in a food processor, I ended up with a brownish liquid that smelled like dog food *eesh*. Shaping burgers from it was impossible and I decided to pretend I had started out with the intention of making a vegetarian meat loaf. So I poured the mix in a baking dish and left it in the oven until it was firm to the touch, about one hour. It still smelled like dog food, but I was very happy with how firm it looked.

So far so good...
Then I tried to slice it... total disaster. It just crumbled apart. I tasted it praying to the Gods that it wouldn't taste like dog food. It didn't *phew*. It didn't taste bad, but it didn't taste great either. It was dry. I blame the store-bought vegetarian minced meat! I usually use tofu for making burgers, or textured vegetable protein, but never store-bought vegetarian minced meat.
Well, it was an experiment!

After yesterday's failure I felt like I needed to redeem myself. With newfound confidence I threw together another batch for vegetarian burgers, this time with success! You can find the recipe at the end of this post :-)

It's been a busy day, but I had plenty of autumn colors and sunshine to get me through it! I started out this morning with my back & biceps workout and I had to put on gloves to bike to the gym 0_o that's how cold it was! When I got back I did some much needed cleaning around the house. Before I knew it, it was lunchtime.
I had some dog food errr failed vegetarian meat loaf and then my mom came to sip some tea. She's so funny, she asked me if I had any peanut butter to accompany her crackers... I took out all the nut butters I could find ;-)

Lunch: at least the baked apples were tasty!

After a while it was time for my appointment to get an echo of my right knee. It's been giving me a lot of pain and trouble since my snowboarding adventure and after 7 months (!!!) someone finally took me serious and referred me to get an echo. The echo was interesting, it revealed that the tendon of my right knee is four times enlarged compared to my left knee... this occurs in 1% of the human population. The sportfysiotherapist called in his assistants to come see it. He concluded: 'Congratulations! You're unique!'
I will hear what steps to take next week...

When I came back home it was already 17.00 pm, so I threw together my burger batch and while they were baking in the oven, I made myself dinner: tofu ricotta from the leftover tofu, mixed with two scrambled egg whites and chopped chives. On the side some organic arugula. And I chomped on some TBB... alomst finished half of it ^^

Dinner was good and picture perfect :-)

Now I think I'll unwind with the last episodes of 24 and some green tea.

Redemption Kidney Bean, Sweet Potato & Tofu Burgers (serves 2)

  • 200 grams of canned kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 200 grams of firm tofu, pressed
  • 1/2 a sweet potato, cooked (* see the tip for easy sweet potato cooking at the end of this recipe!)
  • 100 grams of canned cantharelles, rinsed and drained
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 whole egg
  • spices to taste: freshly ground black pepper, freshly ground chili, cumin powder, herbes de provence, etc.


  1. In a skillet, sauté onion and garlic in olive oil until tender.
  2. Add the kidney beans and cantharelles and continue cooking for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently.

  3. Add the spices and continue cooking for another 3 minutes.
  4. Remove skillet from heat and let the mixture cool down completely.
  5. Place the bean mixture, the cooked flesh of half a sweet potato, and the tofu in a bowl. Use an immersion blender to create a smooth mixture.
  6. Add the egg and mix well with a spoon.
  7. Shape patties from the mixture (I made five) and place on baking paper. The mixture will still be sticky, but don't worry, it firms up nicely in the oven!

  8. Bake until the patties are firm and browned. I carefully flipped the burgers with a spatula to brown them on both sides.

(* tip)An easy way to cook sweet potatoes is by using the microwave. Poke holes in the skin of the sweet potato with a fork (otherwise it will explode, due to build-up of steam/pressure).
Microwave on high for 5 minutes. Check if it is squishy, if not, microwave a bit longer. Cut in half, let it cool down and scoop out the flesh.


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