Happy Saturday, everyone. And happy almost Easter!
Yesterday I made the most delicious veggie burgers and they were divine. Seriously, my whole family was obsessed. Bean burgers on a homemade bun with spicy peanut thai sauce on top. These are def the burgers they serve at the gates to heaven.
When I became a vegetarian four years ago, my dad made it his mission to search the world wide web for recipes that I would eat but that the rest of my family would also love. These bean burgers are the answer. We have them all the time. On the barbecue in the summer, in the oven during the winter. They’ve really become a staple at family birthdays and events.
Because my dad is the bean burger expert, I relied on his expertise for this meal. He recommended this recipe from How To Cook Everything. We prefer to use kidney beans, but you can use black beans, chick peas, or lentils.
Now, the best part of this burger was the homemade buns. Honestly, I only decided to make homemade buns because all the grocery stores were closed here for Good Friday, but it was the best decision I’ve ever made in all twenty-four years of my life. I used this recipe from AllRecipes.com and they turned out so much better than I expected. I was a little worried for a bit because the dough didn’t seem to be rising as much as the recipe said it would (maybe because I was using expired yeast??), but once they went into the oven, they rose to perfection. One thing that’s worth noting is that these buns have to rise for a very long time, so though they’re super easy to make, you can’t whip them up at the last minute unless you’re planning a midnight dinner. (No, I’m not speaking from experience…)
Honestly, there’s no way to use egg wash without feeling like a culinary goddess, so when you’re glazing the rolls and sprinkling on sesame seeds, enjoy this moment. You are ruling at life.
For the peanut sauce, I used a recipe from Annie’s Eats. I have every intention of using this recipe for the rest of my life…on burgers, on rice, as a dipping sauce. So. Good. It somehow manages to remain loyal to the flavors of store bought peanut sauce while also being so much better. Try it. Eat it. Love it. You’re welcome.
I served the burgers with sweet potato fries and onion rings, and I offered the usual condiments: ketchup, mustard, relish, pickles, red onion, green onion, tomato, lettuce, and, obviously, the peanut sauce.
According to my brother, this was the best bun he’s ever had. His exact words were: “I want this bun for all my bread needs for the rest of my life.”
So there you go, the only burger recipe you’ll ever need. (Though, now I’m totally tempted to try the Thai Veggie Burgers from Annie’s Eats.) Switch up the traditional Easter turkey, and wow your family and friends with your newfound culinary skills. They’ll love you forever.
Happy Easter to all those celebrating. Wishing you all a mini egg filled weekend!
xo – Rosie