Happy fresh new week guys! How do you feel about making this meatless Monday?
Okay, okay, never mind. For those of you who almost broke into tears just now, don’t worry we won’t ban the bacon. But what about a really awesome burger that will have you forgetting that it’s completely vegan? Hey, I don’t think there is any question that I am a carnivore but honestly, vegetarianism aside, I like to just have some meatless ideas in my repertoire for the inevitable nights that we don’t have fresh meat and I don’t feel like thawing anything from the freezer. Speaking of freezer, the weather has taken a dive and become winter all of the sudden. A few days ago I was trying to type something out and I couldn’t figure out why my fingers were so stiff. Then I realized that they were almost numb with cold and had a total lightbulb slash smack-yourself-on-the-forhead moment because it took me so long to realize. I kept thinking what is wrong with me? Duh, I’m freezing that’s what! It’s like the opposite of a frog that doesn’t realize it’s in a pot of water that keeps getting hotter until it’s already boiling.
I’m usually the coldest one in the house but for some reason I haven’t been as cold this year and I think it’s because I’m usually in the kitchen with the oven and stove heat. Plus our laundry area is right off the kitchen so the dryer keeps it pretty warm also. Basically what I’m saying is that I have had about 3 days of actually feeling cold this year and I’m already sick of it. I’ve officially called upon the power of my fluffy pajamas, which I have something like a collection of, to save my life. I think I’ll just spend all winter in them and hope no one minds my lack of proper attire. I hate being cold.
That’s probably why I’ve had things like this recipe stuck in my head. I’m dreaming of the hot weather that my mind thinks is supposed to come in June and it’s making me want summer food.
I have to say that I think these qualify as summer food. Have you ever tasted jerk flavor before? I fell in love with it a few months ago and I’ve been wanting to try more things with it since. It’s so good.
I only put millet in the title for these because I couldn’t find a good way to put all of the ingredients in the title without it sounding way too long, but these have black beans and chickpeas too. I used regular eggs in mine but obviously that makes them un-vegan so you can replace it with a flax egg but just know they may not hold together quite as well so handle gently.
See, meatless mondays aren’t that bad, they can actually be pretty awesome!
- 2 cups cooked unhulled millet
- 1 1/2 cups cooked black beans
- 1 1/2 cups cooked garbanzo beans
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 serrano pepper, seeded
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1/2 small onion
- 1 small red bell pepper, seeded and cut cut into sections
- 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice
- 2 tablespoon each of: soy sauce, lime juice, and cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon jerk seasoning (recipe follows)
- 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup dry breadcrumbs
- 1 egg or if vegan use 1 flax egg (1 tablespoon flaxmeal + 2.5 tablespoons water)
- 2 tablespoons more olive oil (optional)
- 2 teaspoons cloves
- 2 teaspoons allspice
- 2 teaspoons ginger
- 2 teaspoons paprika
- 2 teaspoons black pepper
- 2 teaspoons cumin
- 3 teaspoons cinnamon
- 2 1/2 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 2 very ripe avocados, pits and shells removed
- 1/4 cup onion, finely chopped
- 1/2 cup fresh pineapple chunks, finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon sugar (optional)
- 1 teaspoon lime juice
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 8 of your favorite hamburger buns.
- fresh cilantro sprigs red bell pepper slices for topping
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 C) then line a baking tray with foil and spray lightly with olive oil. Combine serrano, garlic, onion, and bell pepper in a food processor and pulse until finely chopped. Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a medium skillet over medium high heat and add mixture to pan. Cook for 6 - 7 minutes until softened then add orange and lime juice, soy, and vinegar to pan. Cook until mostly evaporated then remove from heat and scrape contents back into processor. Add jerk seasoning, brown sugar, salt, and beans then pulse until nearly smooth. Scrape into a large bowl and add millet and breadcrumbs, then mix well. Form mixture into 8 patties and place on prepared tray.
- Bake in oven for about 12 minutes on each side then remove from oven and allow them to cool for about 10 minutes to set up or they will fall apart.
- If desired, heat 2 more tablespoons of olive oil in same skillet and cook each patty for about 1 minute per side until nice and golden brown.
- Smash avocados with a fork and mix with other ingredients in a medium bowl. Cover and chill until ready to serve
- Toast buns if desired and assemble burgers by placing patties on buns and topping with gaucamole, peppers, cilantro, and any other toppings you like. These are great with cheese if you aren't vegan.