I have been dying to make a good cauliflower burger for about three months. I attempted one back in early May, and the day after what Chris refers to as "The night of Brick Burgers," Richa at Hobby and More posted the recipe for these gems. " Ah ha!" I exclaimed (in my head, not out loud). The trick is to use raw grated cauliflower (not roasted). I altered my previous recipe in a few ways, including using the grated cauliflower technique, which led to what I like to refer as "The night of Sloppy Burgers." They were tasty, but no amount of rolled oats in the world could have saved these guys from being a big sloppy pile of mush (this was in no way due to Richa's technique. I added way to many wet ingredients and roasted sweet potato). They were very tasty, but a pile of mush none the less. I just couldn't seem to find an even balance in my ingredient choices, so I stepped away from the quest for a while.
One of my favorite yoga instructors always tells us, when we fall or lose our balance, that falling down is part of the process. You must fall in order to get back up again and try a different technique. That is how you find the technique that helps you keep your balance. Throughout my life, I've fallen, and while discouraged at the time, later I'm able to look back and see why I needed that fall. It was part of my journey, part of my process. The one job I got fired from? It was the catalyst that brought me back to the states and now I know what type of job I am not cut out for. When a mix-up at the university caused me to lose the one nutrition class I needed that semester to graduate, I was allowed to take a different class instead: Nutrition and Cooking for Restaurant Service. Without that class, I would have no knife skills, not to mention many other useful tools, that later helped me while working in restaurants (and in my own kitchen). Without the "Brick Burger" or "Sloppy Burger," I would not have been able to see my cauliflower burger dreams come to fruition.
Using a combination of fresh savory and fresh sage, along with the grated cauliflower and white beans, no grains were needed to hold these guys together. They also won't break the tile, if you drop them on the floor. They taste fresh and light and hearty at the same time. They will impress whoever you share them with. They will make you give you that great super-satisfied feeling of finally accomplishing something that you have been struggling with (I don't know- that one may be just me). Most importantly, they will taste really, really great.
Because I was feeling pretty hard-core in the kitchen that day, I also made my own homemade burger buns, using this recipe from Holy Cow!, using unbleached bread flour instead of whole wheat flour. While I was at it, I thought I would whip something up with the potatoes we had on hand so I made some baked potato chips too. No big deal. This meal just rocked my world, not just because it was fantastic, or because I made the whole thing from scratch (almost- I did use canned beans), but because after falling enough times, I had found my balance.
SAVORY SAGE & FLOWER BURGERS
makes 4 burgers
- ½ head of cauliflower, grated
- 1 can of Great White Northern beans, rinsed and drained
- 2 heaping tablespoons fresh sage, finely chopped
- 2 heaping tablespoons fresh savory, finely chopped
- 1 tsp dried cumin
- several dashes of paprika
- 1 flax egg (1 T flax meal, mixed with 3 T warm water)
- 1 T Bragg Liquid Aminos (or tamari/soy sauce)
- salt and pepper to taste
- rolled oats, if mixture is too wet (use certified gluten-free, if needed)- I didn't need any but thought I would suggest it just in case
- olive oil spray
- burger buns
- Preheat oven to 400. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Prepare your flax egg and let it set for about 5-10 minutes.
- In a large bowl, mash the white beans until there are no large bean pieces left. You can also throw them in a food processor and pulse a few times.
- Add the rest of the ingredients (except the salt, pepper, and oats). Mix them all together, using your hands if necessary, to form the patty mixture. Taste and add salt and pepper as necessary. If it is too wet to form patties, add rolled oats by the ¼ cup, until a slightly drier, more firm consistency is reached. If it is too dry and crumbly, add water or vegetable broth by the tablespoon, until it holds together a little more. Once you can form a patty that is wet, but firm and holding together, you are ready. Split the mixture into four pieces and form into patties.
- Lightly spray a frying pan with the olive oil spray, and heat over medium heat. Add the patties, two at a time (or more, if you can fit them), to the pan and cook each side for about 3-4 minutes. Remove the patties from the pan and place on the prepared baking sheet. Once they are all browned on each side, place them in the oven and bake them for about 10-15 minutes, until they are firm, flipping halfway through. If you are a grilling aficionado, by all means, you can try to grill them, but I would place the patties on a piece of tin foil, rather than straight onto the grill.
- Remove the patties from heat and place inside burger buns, with your favorite fillings. We used kale, tomato, avocado, mustard, and Sun-Dried Tomato Sriracha Hummus. Enjoy!
BAKED POTATO CHIPS
- 5-6 small-medium red or golden potatoes (I used a combination of both)
- olive oil spray
- several dashes of paprika
- salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 400. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
- Slice your potatoes very thinly. I used a mandoline. The thinner, the better.
- Lay the potato slices out over the parchment paper. Lightly spray with olive oil spray. Sprinkle desired amount of paprika (or other spices, if desired), and then salt and pepper to taste. Toss to fully coat each slice.
- Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes, flipping once, halfway through to ensure even cooking. Once the edges turn light brown and crisp, remove from the oven.
- Let cool on the baking sheets for about 10 minutes. They will continue to get a little crisper. Serve and enjoy!
This recipe is being shared with Wellness Weekends and Healthy Vegan Fridays.
All Photos taken by Chris Miller
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The all-American meal, vegan-style!
Exactly! Just as it should be. 🙂
This burger and pile of potato chips look like the perfect lunch! I wouldn't have thought about putting cauliflower in my veggie burger, but this sounds wonderful! I've had a mandolin on my list of wants for a while now, and those potato chips have only deepened that desire!
I like what your yoga instructor has to say about falling down being part of the process. It's a good thing to remember when things aren't going as smoothly as we'd like. In order to figure out what works, we have to figure out what doesn't. Just because we falter doesn't mean it's failure.
The cauliflower makes the burger a little bit lighter, yet still hearty and filling. And I love my mandoline. Sometimes I use it to slice things, even when they don't have to be super thin. It's just so efficient. I'm envying your spiralizer, though. I need to get me one of those soon!
I love this particular yoga instructor. She has several phrases that I use as mantras throughout my day, but this is probably my most used. 🙂
You should totally be proud of your entire HOMEMADE meal - you are amazing. Your words were so uplifting, I totally needed this today - you are the best, and your burgers are pretty cool too 🙂 xo
Aww, Heather! I'm glad this mantra helped you out- it is one of my favorites. I hope you're having a good Monday! xoxo 🙂
what an amazing homemade meal! you are so amazing for not giving up on your dreams of making a cauliflower burger! they look delicious and i will definitely be giving them a try. but i have a question..what is savory? i have never heard of it!
also, i want to know what job you got fired from 😛
Thank you! Savory is an herb that looks similar to rosemary, but a little less woody and more leafy. It has a strong scent and it's a little bit peppery. The summer savory is less bold than the winter savory. Besides adding a nice flavor, when cooked with beans, it helps ward off flatulence.
And the job I got fired from is another story for another day. 😉
Gabby @ the veggie nook
Wow what an amazing meal! I would be happy to receive this in a restaurant, let alone in my own home. Chris is very lucky 🙂
Love the potato chips! When I was younger, a summer meal meant burgers with chips on the side. I will always crave chips just a little when burgers are on the menu, even though the burgers I now enjoy are muuuuch different.
Thank you! And I agree- Chris is a lucky guy! But I am equally as lucky. 🙂
We always had potato chips with burgers and sandwiches, but just like you- they were VERY different burgers and VERY different chips!
yay for perfect burgers. cauli does leak a lot of moisture. i am sorry that my recipe variation didnt work out. dont you just love that cailiflower taste in them patties!
that plate is perfection with everything made from scratch! awesome!
Thank you, Richa! It was not your recipe that didn't work, though, it was how I adjusted it that didn't work. Cauliflower burgers are pretty amazing, though!
Love this ...i've never used savory...
Lately I've used cauliflower for Cadry's awesome cheese lol this looks super yummy I've been lazy in the kitchen since its been crazy busy this month ...I made no meat athlete energy bars grabbed lemon extract instead of vanilla yesterday .... focus Michelle. HA
Omg we had so much fun on the crawl Saturday .... Jackie was a bonus too!! I put some of the pix on facebook but the food was solo good
I know how it goes- sometimes it just seems like there is not enough time to do everything, especially when there are kids involved. 🙂
I can't wait to check out the pictures! So glad you had a good time! 🙂
Wow, I am so impressed! What a great looking made-from-scratch meal. Congrats on achieving your cauliflower burger goal. 🙂
Thank you, thank you! I was quite proud of this meal- it's not often an entire meal is made from scratch in this kitchen. 😉
Caralyn @ glutenfreehappytummy
that looks phenomenal! i love that it's cauliflower too!! and those potato chips -- YUM!
Thank you, Caralyn! The whole thing was YUM! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂
Looks super gorgeous and super tasty Kristy - love those potato chips too! It's good not to give up, eventually you do win. It's so much more satisfying too 🙂
Thank you, Shira! You are so right- when you have ot really work at something, it is so much more satisfying when you accomplish it. 🙂
What a unique twist on a veggie burger. I wonder if it would be okay to use Energy egg replacer instead of a flax egg? I have a whole box of that stuff that needs used.
Thank you! You know, I don't know about the Ener-G egg replacer. I like the way the flaxmeal gets kind of gummy , but I say you should definitely give it a shot! Let me know how it goes! 🙂
Hooray - another cauliflower recipe to try out!!! I'm trying to minimize grains, so this is totally perfect. Everything I've seen up to this point uses some sort of grain to hold it together. Looks delicious Kristy - congrats on figuring it out. 🙂
Thanks! I hope you like it, Heather! 🙂
Nothing like a good burger--and these sound great! Glad it all came together for you even with that first "fall." And thanks for linking up to Wellness Weekend! 🙂
Thank you, Ricki! I don't know why I waited so long to give it a try (I'm shy sometimes, I guess). Thank you for hosting and for stopping by with your kind words!
Doesn't it feel amazing to put a meal on the table without using anything from a package?!? Those burgers look yummy, I've never thought of putting cauliflower in a burger!
Oh, and I totally need a mandoline, I don't think I can get slices that thin or beautiful with my food processor!
Thank you! And it is so gratifying to do everything from scratch (except the beans, but still). 🙂
My mandoline is one of my favorite
toyskitchen tools. I got a cheap one for about $10-15 and I use it all the time.