Joker’s Bean Burgers

Joker’s Burger
(Makes 9 Burgers) ~ Vegan, Gluten-Free, Soy-Free, Egg-Free

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Big thanks to my husband for making dinner tonight. It was delicious! It’s that time of year again – rushing around at practices and school will be starting soon too. I had to dash out after work to take Jasmine to practice today and to my surprise while I was still at work I received a text from Seth (aka Joker) that dinner was on him. Fantastic! His text read…
[“JOKER’S BURGER…no meat, jokes on you. Black beans, Red Kidney beans, Sweet Onion, Shiitake Mushrooms, Sun-Dried Tomatoes…with Joker’s special herbs and seasonings.”]
It’s funny because very humbly he added, “I know it’s not as appetizing as your menu items but…” Well I guess the joke was on him because they were amazing!! – It was cute because he was actually nervous for me to try them. 🙂 The flavors were great! Seth is always thinking up ideas and sometimes helps me brainstorm some of my creations. I don’t know specifically what he added (herbs/spices) but the burgers had some great heat which was tamed nicely by the sundried tomatoes. The mushrooms really stood out and were prominent with the beans adding a nice creaminess. They were baked up and served with no buns – check them out above. 🙂

Check out the formed burgers – yum!
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Here’s a pic of Mister and I at a wedding we went to last Friday. 🙂
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I included this picture in the post because it was just taken last week and I wanted to share a picture of the chef of the burgers and all, although I have included him (his pic) in other posts, this pic above was fresh in my mind. So about the wedding!…
I never talked about the wedding we went to last week. I know the bride was specific about sharing pics of them on social media but I think I can at least share a detail of something that has been on my mind.
I don’t typically cry at weddings, although they are always beautiful. I love going to them, it’s a joy to reflect on our love and marriage too. So I don’t typically cry, right? Not this wedding last Friday, the tears were flowing! Maybe I’m sharing wedding secrets here or something but I have to share this moment because it was beautiful and something I have never seen before.
[The moment I cried]…
This wedding was for a co-worker of my husband so I can’t say that I really knew them personally. I know of stories that he has shared with me of her but I didn’t know her well. One story that was shared was how she had been living with and caring for her elderly grandmother for many years. As I’m sitting there watching the bridal party coming down the aisle I see a little girl, (of course she’s the flower girl, right…), the kid coming down with her poofy white dress and fluffy socks holding a sign but no flowers? Then to my surprise I see an elderly woman coming down the aisle with her rolling walker (rollator), the flower basket… throwing the flowers. I lost it! I could not hold back my tears, knowing the back story of how she had been caring for her. As I didn’t really know her, seeing that was such and intimate moment for me, it showed me how much love, respect and care she had for her grandmother. It was such an engaging moment.
The elderly often get lost and shuffled, sometimes sadly even ignored. My mother has worked in a nursing home for 30+ years, she has such a big heart. Although I’m sure the job itself can be difficult and maybe even the patients sometimes…but I’ve seen that woman take such good care of them as if they were her own parents/family. I’ve seen it first hand as I volunteered there back when I was in High School. She has such strength, love, humbleness, loyalty and respect – she is a good woman and taught me is still teaching me to this day. I love my mommy so much, she jokes and says, ‘when I’m old just throw me in a nursing home’ sorry mom… we’ll see about that. In 20 years I’ll be cleaning your butt just like you did mine 🙂 She has such a good nature.
Even though I didn’t really know the bride I came to know her in that moment. I learned about her nature. Maybe I amplified that moment in the wedding, I don’t know, it did have an impact on me however.
One thing that is certain, we need to take better care of our elderly folks. We can learn so much from them. They are wise and live such simple lives. We tend to overcomplicate things especially at different stages in our life. Some of them have the best stories…

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Chili!! – Vegan Chili con Carne (Field Roast)

Chili!! – Vegan Chili con Carne (Field Roast)
(Serves 8-12) ~ Vegan, Dairy-Free (Gluten-Free option ~ See Notes)
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I suppose I’m feeling generous because there are some recipes “my coveted” recipes, as I call them, that I just would’ve never considered parting with before…but I think it’s about time. 🙂 The other day I shared my recipe for Corn Fritters and one of my fellow bloggers mentioned corn fritters with chili! Then I said…well I have a great chili recipe – so here you go!
Some quick notes about this recipe – Notes meaning variations… I‘ve made this recipe also using Boca Crumbles and/or Gardein Beefless Grounds. My original version was actually made without the corn even. For a Gluten Free version – omit Veggie Meat substitute and add Chickpeas (Garbanzo beans) for a 5-Bean Chili! Also, this recipe [pictured above] was made with Field Roast burgers…I’m pretty obsessed with these burgers A-mazing! If you haven’t yet tried their burgers…do it fast. They grill well indoor/outdoor and are great even fried up in a pan. Hope you Enjoy this Chili!

Ingredients:
3 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 (13oz Pkg) Field Roast Burgers
5 Garlic Cloves, minced
1 Red Pepper, seeded/chopped
2 Jalapeño Peppers, seeded/chopped
1 Small Yellow Onion, chopped
1 (15oz Can) Black Beans
1 (15.5oz Can) Pinto Beans
1 (16oz Can) Dark Red Kidney Beans
1 (16oz Can) Navy Beans
1 (28oz Can) Diced Tomatoes
3 Tbsp Cumin
¼ Tsp Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
2 Tsp Chili Powder
1 Tbsp Dry Sage
1/3 Cup Tamari Soy Sauce
1 (16oz Pkg) Frozen Corn

Directions:
-Drain and rinse beans and set aside.
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-Heat Olive oil over medium heat. Add Field Roast Burgers (or crumbles) and heat through until brown about 3-5 minutes.
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(I crush the burgers down with a wooden spatula until crumbled/broken down).

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Quick Note: If you’re not finished cutting your veggies or if you didn’t prep ahead like I often do – turn off heat until you’re ready for the next step.
-To Veggie Meat add: Garlic, Red Pepper, Jalapeños and Onions. Let the mixture cook through for about 3-5 minutes until veggies sweat.
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-Add: Beans, Diced Tomatoes (with liquid), Tamari and stir in with remaining seasonings. Keep stirring as you add your seasonings.
-Add Frozen Corn then cover and reduce heat to a simmer for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, stir again turn off heat and let stand for another 10 minutes before serving. Enjoy!

I served over brown rice!
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Vegan Chili con Carne (Field Roast)

  • Servings: 8-12 ~ Vegan, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free Option
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:
3 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 (13oz Pkg) Field Roast Burgers
5 Garlic Cloves, minced
1 Red Pepper, seeded/chopped
2 Jalapeño Peppers, seeded/chopped
1 Small Yellow Onion, chopped
1 (15oz Can) Black Beans
1 (15.5oz Can) Pinto Beans
1 (16oz Can) Dark Red Kidney Beans
1 (16oz Can) Navy Beans
1 (28oz Can) Diced Tomatoes
3 Tbsp Cumin
¼ Tsp Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
2 Tsp Chili Powder
1 Tbsp Dry Sage
1/3 Cup Tamari Soy Sauce
1 (16oz Pkg) Frozen Corn

(GF Option: Swap Field Roast/Boca/Gardein Crumbles with Chickpeas (Garbanzo beans) for a 5-Bean Chili)

Directions:
-Drain and rinse beans and set aside.
-Heat Olive oil over medium heat. Add Field Roast Burgers (or crumbles) and heat through until brown about 3-5 minutes. (I crush the burgers down with a wooden spatula until crumbled/broken down).
Quick Note: If you’re not finished cutting your veggies or if you didn’t prep ahead like I often do – turn off heat until you’re ready for the next step.
-To Veggie Meat add: Garlic, Red Pepper, Jalapeños and Onions. Let the mixture cook through for about 3-5 minutes until veggies sweat.
-Add: Beans, Diced Tomatoes (with liquid), Tamari and stir in with remaining seasonings. Keep stirring as you add your seasonings.
-Add Frozen Corn then cover and reduce heat to a simmer for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, stir again turn off heat and let stand for another 10 minutes before serving.

Enjoy!
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Ultimate Black Bean Burgers with Onion Strings and Aioli

Ultimate Black Bean Burgers
(Makes 10 vegan burgers)

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”The Big Kahuna”

Certain foods can be very nostalgic for me. Likewise, new recipes and creations can pioneer new memories that I will surely reflect back on years from now. When the kids first tasted this burger, they absolutely loved it! I was concerned that they were alittle soft, but they were flavorful and delicious! On a toasted warm bun everything just all melded together; it is a must try with the Aioli. Seth’s reaction when he first tasted the burger, hysterical. First bite, “Mmm, wow!” Second bite, “This is a tasty burger!” Clearly he was channeling Samuel L. Jackson’s character in Pulp Fiction. I laughed. Of course then later he pulled up the clip of the scene from Pulp Fiction then said I should call the burger the “Big Kahuna Burger.” The kids laughed. This is clearly his girlfriend’s version of the Kahuna burger since Sam Jackson referenced that she was vegetarian, I said.

On our first date, Seth took me to a Stephen Starr restaurant in Philly (Tangerine). We were dressed to the nines; the restaurant had excellent ambiance. Ironically we had dinner there on the last night they were opened in August 2009. Then he cleverly planned dessert at Maggiano’s. I say cleverly because Maggiano’s is about 40 minutes away down an expressway from the other location. Of course at the time, I’m thinking, “wow, this is a long drive” now that I think back on it, it was brilliant. Long drive = conversation. Communication is key and good vs. bad can make or break a first date. Dessert was my first Maggiano’s experience – this was pre-vegan, of course. This restaurant served as several memories for us, eventually he proposed to me here also – it was a different location than from our first day, however. Maggiano’s served these amazing onion strings. Coming up with a side suitable for my black bean burgers was fairly easy when I think of these onion strings. My version is vegan and melt in your mouth delicious. I utilize a vegan buttermilk – so easy to make. Buttermilk is tart and acidic, essentially the acid causes the pH level to decrease making it curdle. I achieved this by mixing simple apple cider vinegar with almond milk. I really hope you try these recipes. Make dinner then pop on Pulp Fiction for dinner and a movie, haha. Enjoy!

Black Bean Burgers
Ingredients:
2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
½ Sweet Onion, chopped
3 cloves Garlic, chopped
2 (15.5oz) Cans Black Beans or 3 Cups Cooked Black Beans
¼ Cup Water
1 can of Corn or kernels off 2 ears of fresh corn
½ Cup Pumpkin Seeds, toasted
1 small head of Broccoli, florets chopped
1 Carrot, shredded
1 Tsp Cumin
1 Tsp Garlic Powder
2 Tsp Smoked Paprika
½ Cup fresh Parsley, chopped
4 pieces of Sundried Tomato (oil-packed), chopped
½ Cup Panko Breadcrumbs
½ Tbsp ground Flax Seeds
½ Tbsp Cornstarch
1 Tsp Fresh Ground Pepper
1 ½ Tsp Salt
Additional Olive oil for frying

Directions:

-Heat Olive oil in pan over medium heat. Add chopped onions and sauté for 1-2 minutes, add garlic and continue sautéing for another minute.
-Add black beans to onions and garlic and heat through (1-2 minutes). – Add ¼ cup water and begin to mash beans. –You can use a potato masher; I typically just use the back of my spoon to mash them. The consistency you’re looking for is that of refried beans.
-Add mixture to a food processor (I let it cool slightly before adding to my food processor – I’ve already cracked my base before by adding something too hot).
-To the food processor add: Corn, Pumpkin Seeds, Broccoli, Carrots, Cumin, Garlic powder, Smoked Paprika, Parsley and Sundried tomatoes (chop them first before adding so they get better incorporated) and pulse until ingredients are all blended.
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-Turn out into a mixing bowl, then fold in: Panko, Ground Flax Seeds (instead of buying ground, I but whole flax seeds then grind them up in a coffee grinder), Corn Starch and Salt/Pepper with a spoon or spatula.
-Once mixture is incorporated, form patties with your hands. This recipe made 10 patties for me. We ate four and I froze the remaining.
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-Best method I found for these were to cook them in a sauté pan. Just heat some additional olive oil and cook for 4-5 minutes on each side. Note: I did try these baked in a 375-degree oven for 20 minutes (10 each side) but I found they broke apart easier.
-Serve these up on a whole wheat bun or bun of your choice with your favorite toppings. Enjoy!

Notes on freezing:
Place parchment/wax paper on a baking sheet – add black bean burgers and cover with a sheet of plastic wrap. Freeze for 1-2 hours or until solid. Then transfer into zip top freezer bags. I have left these overnight in the freezer also, which was fine, I just put them in the freezer bags in the morning.
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Onion Strings
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Ingredients:
2 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
2 Cups Almond Milk – unsweetened
2 Sweet Onions, Sliced thin
2 Cups All Purpose Flour
1 Tsp ground Pepper
1 Tsp sea Salt
1 Tsp Smoked Paprika
¼ Tsp Cayenne Pepper
Oil for Frying

Directions:

-In a large mixing bowl, (large enough to add all the sliced onions), add Apple cider vinegar to Almond milk – stir in and let stand before you slice the onions, about 10 mins.
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-Slice the onions thin either with your knife or I find it easiest to use a mandolin so all the slices are uniform and even about 3mm (1/8”). I also cut only one side of the onion ring to make long strings instead of circle rings.
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-Mix together flour, pepper/salt, paprika and cayenne pepper in a separate bowl and set aside.
-Add onions to buttermilk and let stand for about 45 minutes to an hour.
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-Working in batches, grab a handful of onions drain excess milk toss in flour – shake off excess flour and fry for about 2-3 minutes until golden.
-I just used a pan on my stovetop filled halfway with oil or you can use a deep fryer if you’d like. Enjoy!

Spicy Aioli
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Ingredients:
½ Cup Vegenaise
Juice of ½ Lemon
¼ Tsp Smoked Paprika
¼ Tsp Turmeric
2 cloves Garlic, minced
½ Tsp Sriracha

Method:
Mix all the ingredients together for a divine aioli. Top your burgers with it or use it as a dipping sauce, the possibilities are endless!