The biggest problem I hear people have when making homemade burgers from grains or beans is that they are not very flavorful. I always wonder why people don’t get more creative with spices or add ins. Grain and bean based burgers are a blank slate to blend with your favorite flavors, get creative!
Since it’s the summer and in the summer (well really all year long) I crave pecans and all things lemon. I was really intrigued when I saw the burger recipes in the one of my go to cookbooks Main Grain. The recipe had me at lemon and pecans so I decided to try it out. Improvising with the barley and a few of the herbs I came up with this tasty hearty treat.
Pecans in a burger you ask? Yes please, the pecans blend so well with the barley giving the burgers a meaty nutty taste and the lemon and herbs… you can just imagine. If you want to get fancy you can even add some smokey tempeh bacon.
I pan fried my burgers but I can only imagine how good these burgers would be if you grilled them outside. Unfortunately I don’t have that luxury living in New York City.
Lemon Pecan Barley Burgers- Vegan
Makes about 8 burgers
2/3 Cup Uncooked Barley
1/2 White Onion Chopped
2 Tablespoon Olive Oil (separated)
2 Teaspoons Lemon Zest
2 Teaspoons Dried Thyme
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
1/2 Teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
1/4th Cup Water
1 Can White Beans
1) Cook barley as per the package instructions, you can do this the day before and store in fridge until ready to use. Rinse beans well and drain in a coriander.
2) Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a pan on medium to high heat. Once hot add in the chopped onion and sauté until translucent. Add the pecans at the end for about 2 minutes to gently toast them.
3) Add all your ingredients into a food processor or blender. I used my Vita Mix. Blend until you get a smooth consistency. I left mine a little chunky because I wanted to bite into a crunchy pecan or two every now and then!
4) Press the lemon pecan and barley mixture into burger patties. You can individually wrap up the burgers and freeze in ziplock freezer bags if you would like.
4) Heat the other tablespoon of olive oil in the same pan you sautéed the onions in earlier. Grill the burger patties flipping when each side is browned after about 4 minutes. Make sure to heat all the way through!
Serve on your favorite bun with fixin’s!
An odd fact about me: I hate lettuce, tomatoes and onions on top of burgers or sandwiches. I like my burgers plain or with add ons like avocado, humus, cheese or tempeh bacon. I love tomato soup, salsa or things with tomatoes in it but I hate them plain by themselves, same with onions…
What is a weird food fact about you?
And what are you doing this weekend? TGIF!!!!!!