I used to make burgers a lot. I had a recipe that was simple and a go-to, but it sort of ran its course I guess. But a burger night sounded like just the thing and I realized that I had all the ingredients necessary. Voila!
In the old days, I grilled the burgers and got that nice smoky flavor. I don’t have a grill anymore or an outdoor space to grill anyway these days. I was going to bake them, but I was hungry and in a hurry, plus I would have had to crank the AC to turn the oven on… So I cooked them on the stove top. Stick-free pan, not much oil.
My burger recipe is simple. I always used black beans in the past, but the closest thing I can get here are kidney beans. So I used that and some cooked up dal in my fridge. Mashed the kidney beans and dal up together, chopped an onion and tossed that in, tossed in some cumin, cayenne, salt, and tomato paste. Once that was all well mixed, I added oats. Then let it sit for a few minutes to let the oats bind. Actually, I either added a little too much oatmeal or let it sit too long, so I added a little water to get the right consistency without crumbling or getting sticky. Formed the patties and then slapped them in the pan to cook. Done!
Toppings included tomato, lettuce, coriander leaves, chopped green chili, ketchup, mustard, and tahini. I missed a little crunch – some pickle slices would have been perfect. Next time. Overall: Success!