Pizza Burgers

I promise I’m still around and trying out new WFPB recipes! I haven’t posted in awhile so I have a backlog of recipes I need to get on here. I’m having this one for dinner tonight! The pizza sauce for these burgers is pretty good! It kind of reminds me of a meatball sub sandwich with its flavor and texture. Unfortunately, I’ve run out of WFPB-friendly buns so I’m eating my burger on a slice of bread as an open-faced sandwich. Still good…but not the same as a burger bun! This recipe is adapted from Minimalist Baker’s Everyday Cooking cookbook.

Ingredients

Servings: about 4 patties

Burger patties:

  • 2 shallots (4 tbs.), minced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 15-oz. can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • ¼ cup vegan parmesan (to make the parmesan: blend ¾ raw cashews, 3 tbs. nutritional yeast, ¾ tsp. sea salt, and ¾ tsp. garlic powder)
  • 2 tsp. Italian seasoning (or mix 1 tsp. basil and 1 tsp. oregano)
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 cup bread crumbs (throw a couple slices of WFPB bread in a blender and pulverize it into crumbs)
  • 3 tbs. marinara sauce (ingredient list below), or pizza sauce
  • ¼ tsp. each sea salt and black pepper

Marinara sauce:

  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 tsp. dried basil
  • 1 tsp. dried garlic
  • Healthy pinch of sea salt and black pepper

Serve with:

  • Additional marinara sauce (1 cup-ish sauce or pizza sauce)
  • WFPB buns or make open-faced sandwiches on a bread slice (toasted)
  • Parsley
  • Red onion

Directions

Heat a large pan over medium heat. Saute the shallots and garlic in a tablespoon of water until soft and translucent, about 3-4 minutes. Turn the burner to low heat while making the patties.

Add the garlic, shallot, and chickpeas to a medium-size mixing bowl. Use a fork (or whatever) to mash/mix the chickpeas; there should be few whole beans remaining.

Add to the bowl the entire list of ingredients for the burger patties (parmesan through salt and pepper). Stir to combine.

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Turn the burner back up to Medium heat. Divide the mixture into 4 even patties (or more/less depending on the size you want them). Optional: Gently coat the patties with additional bread crumbs and parmesan. 

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Place the patties in the pan. Brown for about 4-5 minutes on each side, reducing the heat if the patties are browning too quickly.

While the patties are browning in the pan, prepare the marinara sauce and toppings. (Optionally: Hold off on this step and do it while the patties are in the oven if you plan to bake them)

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You can serve them as-is at this point, or you can bake them in the oven at 375°F for another 10-20 minutes to further brown and crisp them up. (I recommend using parchment paper or they stick a bit to the sheet.)

 

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This is what the burgers look like coming out of the oven after 15 minutes.

 

Cover the patties in the marinara sauce (optional: microwave the sauce first). Serve the burgers topped with the parsley and red onion. 

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According to the Minimalist Baker cookbook, the burgers keep in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. They can be reheated in the oven at 350°F for 20 minutes.

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