Wednesday, May 23, 2012

maple chipotle sweet potato burger

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life has been crazy busy lately. these are days when all i want to do is crash on the couch and not think about dinner, dishes or chores. when life gets hectic i run straight to the freezer hoping to find some semblance of a healthy dinner - typically you will find carefully tucked away leftovers or stock piles of pesto in my freezer.

this past week i was lucky - i could say that i was totally planning ahead by whipping up a batch of these tasty veggie burgers for the upcoming week. but, the reality was it was a burger experiment that just happened to taste fantastic and freeze well. this is also a burger that Justin wouldn't touch with a 10 foot pole - pay no attention to him, he is weird. so that left me with 4 burgers all to myself - which ended up being a quick and east lunch/dinner for me a few days last week.

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this is a bean free burger - gluten free too if you swap out the wheat germ for gf oats.
there is all kinds of goodness in this burger - sweet potatoes, mushrooms & millet are the base. dates and maple syrup add a hint of sweetness which is a nice contrast to the smokey chipotle. lime, cilantro and cumin add another layer of flavor, bringing these burger to whole nother level.
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the sweet potatoes are steamed and whirled in a food processor with the mushrooms, dates & chipotle.
then mixed with a bit of wheat germ, lime, cumin, cilantro, salt, maple syrup, millet and Pepita's.
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the mix is formed into 4 patties - i will definitely be making a double batch of these burgers,
they freeze really well!
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in a medium pan, the burgers are pan seared with a bit of canola oil, then baked in a pre heated 350* oven.
baking firms up the burgers versus just straight up pan frying.





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my burgers where served up with a layer of mashed avocado, local arugula and sliced tomato.
two words  for you - incredibly amazing.
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these burgers freeze well and reheat beautifully.
i have cooked these on the grill with a slice of tin foil under the burger lightly sprayed with canola oil.
they also reheat nicely in the toaster oven.





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i am planning on making another batch of burgers for this weekend - we have 2 BBQ's to attend, these are going to be perfect for my vegetarian and vegan cousin's and sister.
this time around i will make up a vegan gluten free batch with gf oats and sub in fresh cilantro for the dried.

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tell me, what's your favorite veggie burger recipe?





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with my first successful veggie burger recipe under my belt, i see many more homemade veggie burgers in my future.
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Maple Chipotle Sweet Potato Burger
makes 4 burgers

you will need:
1/4 dry millet + 3/4 cup water
1 large or (2) small sweet potatoes, peeled, cubed and steamed (about 2 cups worth)
1 cup of baby Bella mushrooms, quartered
2 dates, pitted
1 chipotle pepper
juice of 1 lime
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp dried cilantro, 2 tsp if using fresh
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1 tbsp pure maple syrup
1/4 cup wheat germ (GFO - gf oats)
1 tbsp Pepita's

canola oil
avocado, arugula & buns for serving

assembly:
peel, cube and steam sweet potatoes
in a small sauce pan bring water to a boil, add millet, cover and cook for 15 minutes until water is absorbed and millet is cooked through - remove from heat and cool.

in a food processor fitted with an s blade, process sweet potato, mushrooms, dates, chipotle pepper until mushrooms are finely diced.

in a medium bowl add sweet potato mix, cooked millet and remaining ingredients - lime through Pepita's and mix well. divide the mixture into 4 even mounds. form each mound into a patty and place on a baking sheet.

in a medium fry pan, heat a tsp of canola oil over medium heat. 1 patty at a time pan fry in oil until each side is golden brown. transfer back to the baking sheet, continue with each burger.

bake pan seared burgers in a pre heated 350* oven for 10 minutes - this step ensures the burger
"sets" / "firms" up.

remove from oven and serve on a bun with mashed avocado, arugula and slice tomato.

to freeze for later, layer burgers between wax or parchment paper and seal in a Ziploc bag. reheat on the grill, stove top or toaster oven until warmed through.

enjoy!


Yum

46 comments:

  1. What a delicious looking recipe. I always made the classic bean burger. I can't wait to change it up with your recipe. You always have so many great ideas!!

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    1. Thanks Lysa! ....sometimes beans and I do not agree, so I was on a mission to make a Bean Free Veggie burger, this was a total success!

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  2. omigosh, these burgers look off the charts amazing. i've been feeling very similar lately, too. i feel like i am constantly running around like a lunatic and have no time to relax..

    if i were you, i'd be happy justin doesn't like them. ALL FOR YOU! i'm quite territorial when it comes to my food ;) i'm not good at sharing and i'm glad you don't have to share, either ;)

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    1. I have to remember to take one day at a time and the world isn't going to end if I don't get everything on my to do list done :)

      It is funny, Justin didn't even try them, he thought the ingredients were "not him" - which you are so right works out for me! Oh my gosh I am not very good at sharing my food either - there have been a few epic meltdowns over Lara Bars and the last of the favorite snack being eaten :)

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  3. That looks incredible!!!
    What a lovely ingredients list ~ very interesting and I would love to try it ;D
    xo

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    1. Thanks Ella - all the flavors work so well together,I love sweet and savory together!

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  4. Ah, Justin doesn't know what he is missing. The paper bag makes it even more appealing to me. I think I'll give these a whirl. Thank you for posting.

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    1. You are so right GiGi, he totally doesn'y know what he is missing considering he didn't even try a bite :) More for me!!

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  5. Anytime I make veggie burgers or patties, I store the leftovers in the freezer because they make a quick and easy dinner any time I don't feel like cooking! These burgers sound very tasty..I've seen lots of veggie burgers that use cooked quinoa but the millet is a great idea!

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    1. Millet and Quinoa are so interchangeable - I love how the millet is a little sturdy which held these burgers together nicely and I fall head over heels in love with anything containing sweet potato AND Maple Syrup :)

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  6. now this is what i call the perfect summer burger! what! justin doesnt like these! i cant believe that.
    The patties by themselves look so delicious.. dont even get me started on the pretty loaded burger. I bet these will get picked up even by non vegans! this will be our first summer trying to adjust to the meat bbqs and i will need to whip out some gorgeous deliciousness! last year we just skipped all bbqs:)
    love the dark background. it just pops everything right out of the screen!

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    1. Richa, he wouldn't even try them! He is like the pickiest vegetarian ever, although he wouldn't say that ;)

      Meat loving BBQ's are tough, I always come prepared with good eats "just in case"

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  7. this looks so delicious! and perfect timing before all the Memorial Day BBQs!! your pictures are fabulous!! they could be an advertisement!! haha! thanks for the recipe! As soon as i can eat sweet potatoes again, (i'm on the Body Ecology Diet right now) I'm totally making these!

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    1. Awww thank you, you are the sweetest! I am looking up that Boby Ecology Diet, sounds interesting!

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  8. This does sound great--especially with the maple and chipotle combination! Sweet and spicy--perfect. I have gotten out of the habit of making veggie burgers, but I think I'm going to need to get back in!

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    1. I love sweet & spicy it is one of my all time favorite flavor combinations :) I need to get into the habit, and this has gotten me hooked on making my own!

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  9. I am literally getting in my car right now and driving to your house to eat these. Text me the directions ;)

    Seriously though, I love sweet potato burgers, I love maple and I love the heat of chipotle- these burgers sound WONDERFUL!

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    1. Haha I would if I texted :) - they were pretty wonderful!

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  10. Those burgers are so perfect looking! And the flavour combination strikes me as a winner :) I am absolutely bookmarking these for next weekend- I CAN'T NOT make these now!

    Shame on Justin...

    Hope you're having a great week!

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    1. Total winner Gabby! ...poor Justin, if only he would have at least tried a bite - maybe I can convince him this weekend!

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  11. What's up with Justin? These look RIDICULOUSLY satisfying! I can imagine making a big mess all over my face (and likely my shirt) while I try to devour it all in one bite. I love the combination of maple, chipotle and sweet potato, covered with mashed avocado! Awesome!

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    1. Oh Justin, he is a little hesitant about trying new flavour combinations - I totally inhaled this burger after I was done shooting....I didn't want to take a bite for fear I wouldn't put it down! The avocado totally bring these to a whole nother level!

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  12. What a great combo of flavors! Love your pictures too, the colors are so bright and delicious looking!

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  13. I'm glad that Justin doesn't like these because that means there's more for me :) I'm squealing right now--veggie burgers are my thang!

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    1. I heard over at Nora's that you are all about veggie burgers :) and yes totally more for you, come on over anytime, temps are up to the 80's! No parka needed :)

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  14. hey! i posted the versatile blog award today! I hope I did it right! thanks again! let me know if i need to do anything else! Is there a stamp or anything to put up on our blog? :)

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    1. YAY I just read it, perfect! Let me send you the stamp, I think I know where to find it :)

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  15. I would be squealing in delight if I was lucky enough to get 4 of these beauties all to myself - too many burgers? What is that? :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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    1. I totally did a "happy burger dance" after i devoured my first one - it was hard not to go back for seconds!...but I restrained :)

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  16. Looks delicious! I can't wait to try this recipe out. :)

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    1. Thank you - if you do try it let me know how it turned out!

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  17. Yum - I am always on the hunt for new and interesting veggie burgers. I can't wait to try these!

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    1. Thanks Julie! I too am always looking for new veggie burger recipes - the possibilites are endless!

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  18. I am really liking the sound of these burgers!

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    1. I am really liking that you are really liking the sounds of these :)

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  19. Beautiful recipe! Did you say this was your first attempt at veggie burgers? They sound incredible - I love every single flavor you used, and even more so in combination. Really loving this! :)

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    1. Crazy right! First attempt, veggie burgers use to scare me - I made these this weekend for my Sister and Cousins and they loved them - My aunt and snuck a bite of my sis's and couldn't believe the flavors!

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  20. Yum, I love this combo of flavours, very nice!

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    1. Thanks Erin, I love Chipotle and Sweet Potato togther, it is one of my favorite flavor combinations!

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  21. Chipotle and sweet potato strike me as a great combination. I never would have imagined them together in the form of a burger.. yours looks absolutely delicious!

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    1. Thanks Gerlinde! The flavors are so good, I especially liked the hint of maple syrup ;)

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  22. These look incredible!!!! :) YUM!!!!!!

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    1. You were so my inspiration to even attempt to make a veggie burger!

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  23. WOW, WOW, WOW! THese look and sound AMAZING!!!!! Definitely making these, love your photos too...drool!!!!!!

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    1. Thanks Nora - it puts a big smile on my face to read your comment, I love your blog!

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