My kids fought over who got the last burger. THAT is a good sign. This was an attempt on my part to create a gluten-free burger that was satisfying, full of flavor, and a great source of fiber/protein. Cost effective, and easy to prepare, this recipe is definitely a keeper.
Ingredients (yield: 6 burgers)
2 Tbsp. olive oil
1/2 cup diced leeks
1/2 cup diced crimini mushrooms
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds coarsely chopped
1 Tbsp. garlic, minced
1 1/2 cups cooked black beans
2 Tbsp. flax meal
1/4 tsp. cumin
1/4 tsp. paprika
1/2 tsp. sea salt
1/8 tsp. chili powder
1/8 tsp. cinnamon powder
3 Tbsp. ancient grains GF flour
1 Tbsp. organic cornmeal
1 tsp. sea salt
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
1/2 clove of garlic
4 Tbsp. mayo substitute (Just Mayo)
1/2 tsp. Dijon mustard
1 Tbsp olive oil
1/4 cup filtered water
1/4 cup of pumpkin seeds
1 pinch of sea salt
1/8 tsp. jalapeno pepper hot sauce
Burgers: In olive oil, sauté leeks, mushrooms, and garlic for 7-10 minutes. Add pumpkin seeds, and cooked black beans, sauté for 5 more minutes. Add flax meal, cumin, paprika, sea salt, chili powder, and cinnamon. Saute for 5 more minutes. While still warm, mash well with a potato masher, then set aside while preparing breading and aioli.
Breading: Combine ancient grains, cornmeal, and sea salt onto a platter. Mix well. Form burgers mixture into circular patties (about 2 inch L x 2 inch W x 1/2 H) Bread each side of burger with the platter mixture. Lay on parchment and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for two hours+ prior to grilling.
Cilantro Aioli: This is not a traditional aioli. There are no eggs in this combination. To prepare this mixture, you can place all the ingredients into a bowl and emulsify until pureed.
To Grill Burgers: When you’re ready to grill the burgers, heat olive oil in a pan and carefully grill on each side until darkened. They are gluten-free, so handle with care. I served mine with avocado, butter lettuce, grilled pineapple, grilled red bell peppers/red onions, and cilantro aioli on a sourdough baguette. Sourdough, from research, is better for digestion. Some gluten-free folks believe it is okay to consume because of the fermentation that occurs when preparing. If you are incredibly gluten-free sensitive, and prefer not to take a chance, I know Udi’s make’s decent burger buns.