Burger Night

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!



  1. I follow a number of vegan food blogs, and I think this blog is one of my favorites of the bunch. I was trying to think of what’s the difference, and I think I figured it out. The other blogs tend to be recipe blogs: each post gives a precise list of exact amount of ingredients, cooking time, etc., for a particular dish. While on this blog, you tell a little mini-story about how a meal came about, with enough details that someone could make an approximation of what you created, but listed in a casual way, like you’re just excited to tell a friend about the nice meal you’ve made. It makes for pleasant reading, and to me feels more inspiring for me to actually make (an approximation) of some of the meals you describe.

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    1. I really appreciate this feedback. You are right, that is basically my approach with this blog. I cook by approximations and by thinking about ingredients (or just what I have on hand and how I might combine them), so I usually feel like there is an amusing bit of context that I like sharing.
      Being vegan or WFPB is so not the thing where I live. I often get commentary from colleagues and even friends saying I don’t eat, etc. Blogging has been helpful to me because it helps me remember that I do, in fact, eat and that the things I make and way I like to cook counts! It’s affirming, as is hearing from you and getting such a thoughtful comment. Thank you! I’m so happy you enjoy my posts.

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