Food Friday: BS Burgers

“Hey dad, these taste just like McDonald’s – want a bite?” – Me the other night while eating a suspicious looking black burger wrapped in lettuce and covered in only God knows what for toppings. Safe to say that I was definitely bullshitting him, and that was when BS Burgers were born.
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(Oh & these burgers..)
These little beauties are a tad spicy, a tad crunchy, a tad finicking to get to stick together, but the taste is there and so is the heart, so give ’em a try.
Ingredients:
1 16 oz. can of black beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 medium head of cauliflower, chopped and steamed (about 1.5 cups once steamed)
1/3 cup uncooked bulgur wheat (or bread crumbs, your pick)
2 Tablespoons – 1/4 cup diced onion
2 Tablespoons Pasteurized Liquid Egg Whites
1/2 – 1 full Tablespoon of Hot Sauce
1 Tablespoon Nutritional Yeast
1/4 teaspoon *each paprika, turmeric and parsley flakes (spices)
Sprinkle of salt and pepper, to taste
Method:
  1. Starting by chopping up your cauliflower and then placing it in a microwave safe dish, and placing it in the microwave for around 2 minutes (or until tender).
  2. Meanwhile, drain and rinse your beans and place them in either a food processor, immersion blender or regular high-powered blender. Pulse until mostly smooth, but leave some chunks for texture.
  3. Next, dice you onion and add it to the beans. Once you cauliflower is done steaming, place it in the blender as well and pulse everything together until thoroughly combine.
  4. Using a spoon or spatula, fold in your bulgur, hot sauce, egg whites, as well as all of your seasonings and spices into the mixture – it should be mostly smooth throughout.
  5. On a stovetop, place a ceramic skillet (if not ceramic, I recommend greasing it to begin with) on high heat and drop spoonfuls of the bean mixture onto the pan. Let sit for roughly 5 minutes, then using a steady hand and a flat flipper spatula, scrape under the burger until you can lift it from the pan and flip it over. Let cook for another 5 minutes, or until golden brown on either side. (Honestly it may fall apart, but this is because we are keeping the ingredients super simple and not adding any binders or thickeners, just try to keep a steady hand and if it falls apart just squish it back together lol).
Note: You may alternatively place them on a parchment lined pan in the oven at 350 degrees and flip them every 10 minutes (20 mins in oven total) to prevent them from falling apart.
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Serve on lettuce buns with sprouts, hummus, guacamole, tomatoes, etc. and pair with homemade sweet potato fries for some extra kick. Enjoy!
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Wishing you above all Health & Happiness
– Miranda xo

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