There are many a veggie burger recipe out there, but one of my favorite bases for a plant-based burger is cauliflower because the vegetable has a meaty, deep taste and a tougher texture that both ignite my senses and provide the bulk I need in anything resembling a burger. When you bite into this, who needs meat? In fact, a taste-testing friend’s first reaction was that this burger looks and tastes like a crab cake. Spiced with cumin, pepper, and oregano, this veggie burger recipe is a delicious way to be vegan and get your burger fix in a delicious and satisfying way. Enjoy!
Food combining is one of the core principles that I still follow (for the most part) to maintain regularity, increased energy levels, and simplicity in my diet. When thinking up a cauliflower burger, I wanted to avoid the classic hard-to-digest starch-protein offense, but how could I keep the burgers sticking together without the protein eggs or soft cheese paired with a starch, like flour or some grain? I chose a side – starch – and worked with it. And mmm mmm mmm, it worked out so amazingly! I hope you enjoy these as much as I do.
But first, here’s why cauliflower glows:
Cauliflower: is an excellent source of vitamin C, vitamin K, manganese, omega-3 fatty acids, and minerals. It helps protect against free radical damage, reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer, and has anti-inflammatory properties. Cauliflower also boosts brain function and because of its fiber content, promotes digestive health.
Veggie Burger Recipe: Vegan Cauliflower Patties
Makes 5-6 patties
- 1/4 cauliflower head, finely chopped
- 1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
- 2 scallions, peeled and chopped
- 1 teaspoons sea salt
- 1/2 black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/4 teaspoon cumin
- 2 teaspoons mustard
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil + 1 tablespoon olive oil for cooking
- 3/4 cup oat flour + 2-3 tablespoons extra for coating patties before frying
- Up to 1/4 cup water depending on thickness
Combine the cauliflower, scallions, and bell pepper in a large bowl. Add the seasonings, mix, and then stir in the mustard, olive oil, and oat flour. Use clean hands to massage the flour into the veggies so that it becomes sticky. Try to form a patties, and if it’s hard to stick it together, add a tablespoon of water at a time until it sticks well together.
Form patties and pat both sides with extra oat flour.
In a saucepan over medium-high heat, add the olive oil. Carefully place the patties in the oil and cook for 8-10 minutes before flipping. Cook for another 5 minutes.
Serve in a bun, or by itself with a side of chopped tomatoes. Enjoy with your favorite condiments!