Rainbow Garden Burgers

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups cooked grain (brown rice, quinoa, barley, grouts, bulgur wheat)
  • 15 oz. can kidney beans rinsed, consider reserving the bean water (aquafaba) for later use
  • 1/2 cup corn meal (almond meal, wheat germ, rice flour, any grain or bean flour)
  • 1/2 cup garbanzo flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin (not highly seasoned- let the sauce do the work)
  • 3/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce - optional - sriracha - etc.
  • 1 cup minced onion
  • 2 large garlic gloves minced
  • 1/2 cup frozen corn
  • 1 cup diced tomato - 2 medium Roma tomatoes
  • 1 cup chopped broccoli florets

Our Formula for a Rainbow Garden Burger
Easy to Make Gluten-Free

Preparation:

  1. Preheat conventional oven to 350º (if you are not grilling outside)
  2. In a large mixing bowl incorporate rice and beans by squishing them together with your hand or fork.
  3. Continue adding and mixing in the dry and wet ingredients.
  4. Scoop and pack the mixture into a (1-cup) measuring container which is 3/4’s full. Drop contents into your hand and roll into a ball. Place on a parchment lined cookie sheet and flatten with your palm into a 3 1/2-inch circle. This is the same size as a traditional hamburger bun.
  5. Sear, if desired, in a pre-seasoned skillet over medium-high heat for 5 minutes, each side. Transfer to baking sheet and continue cooking for 15 minutes, flipping once. The exterior should be brown and crispy, the inside hot and moist.
  6. On YouTube we simply took the burgers outside and began grilling.
  7. If grilling your burgers ahead of a party, stop after searing, hold on the counter, refrigerate or freeze until grill time.

Yield: 6 burgers = 3 pounds

Special Note on Aquafaba (bean water):

3 Tablespoons of bean water / aquafaba = 1 whole egg

Add up to 6 Tablespoons of aquafaba (about two eggs) to create a mixture that is not too dry and not too wet. The perfect consistency is a mixture that holds together but is not mushy.

Rainbow Garden Burgers were created for our YouTube Cooking Series “Farm Fresh Recipes.”