There’s a million different ways to eat a burger without the beef. But, this Happiness Burger is a special one.
Have you heard of the Delivering Happiness Project?
Hundreds of low-income family homes across the lower mainland and throughout Vancouver are being graced by free vegan burger patties all summer long because of this awesome project. How cool is that!?
Vanessa at Feed Me Fit created this recipe, and Juno is the man behind the Delivering Happiness Project mission.
Juno says; “More than half a million people in B.C. live in poverty. It’s sad to know that low-income families face impossible choices: buying food, heating the house, filling a prescription or paying the rent…”By providing healthy alternative food to families for three months we will not only give them a well-balanced plant-based diet but also the chance to save money on food costs…”
So, here’s a thank you to Feed me Fit and Delivering Happiness! What a way to make a difference in the people’s lives that need an extra boost.
Everyone is loving this patty recipe, so I had to grab it off Vanessa and share it with you!
Happiness Burgers | Smokey Tempeh Rice PattiesCourse: Lunch, DinnerDifficulty: Medium
1/2-3/4 cups quick oats (add more if the mixture seems too wet at the end)
12 oz tempeh (about 320 grams or about 1.5 packages)
2 cups short grain rice, pre-cooked
3 cups (or 10 oz) sliced mushrooms
1 cup grated beets
3 cups onions, sliced (will caramelize down to 1.5 cups)
1/4 cup vegan bbq sauce
2 tbsp nutritional yeast
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp liquid smoke, or smoked paprika
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
- Sauté onions and mushrooms until caramelized: Heat a pan to medium, add onions and mushrooms. Let sauté for a couple minutes, then turn the heat down to low. Let sauté for 15 minutes, adding a little bit of water when needed if it’s sticking. This should make about 2 cups of mushrooms and onions.
- Add the onions and mushrooms to the food processor with all the other ingredients and pulse until evenly combined, but not quite smooth! Make sure there are still a few chunks (you could even leave 1/2 of the rice out, and hand mix it into the mixture after).
- Once mixed, put the mixture in the fridge for 1 hour. Then take out to mould into burger patties.
- BBQ, bake or pan-fry! About 5 minutes per side…Vanessa says: ‘We’ve tried baking them, and pan-frying them and I like the pan-fried option better myself, but many people disagree and like the baked version, so I suggest trying both!’
- Prep time doesn’t include the pre-cooking time for the rice, and the hour of fridge time for the mixture!
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