Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Chickpea Sunflower Burgers (& Father's Day question)

For my new cookbook, I've created a couple of burger recipes that are very family-friendly.  The inspiration came from my good friend, during one of our marathon morning chats!

We had been talking about our kids' eating habits, and got on to veggie burgers.  We agreed that they can be fussy with veggie burgers because often the ones that we like as adults are spiced more than children typically like, and also can be somewhat delicate when the kiddos like having a solid patty on a bun.

This conversation got me thinking (as I do too much about recipes)!  Nevertheless, now I have two new veg burger recipes that are nicely firm and seasoned well enough, but without any overpowering flavors and no noticeable bits of things like peppers that the little ones try to pick out!  This is one of them, my Chickpea Sunflower Burgers.  I have also tested them with pumpkin seeds and almonds to replace the sunflower seeds, and all variations are delicious.  Here is one patty, formed, ready to pan fry.  As you can see, it is dense and firm, and easily holds in the palm of my hand.

This night I served them on whole-wheat tortillas (but they can stand up to a burger bun), and we had some home fries alongside.  Forgot to show the dollop of Vegenaise on the burger, which is a scrumptious topping along with the tomato and ketchup!

On to my question... Father's Day is this Sunday.  Are any of you planning to make something special for your husband, or your father (or another special dad in your life)?  Since my man loves chocolate, I am thinking of making my new "Three's Company Pie" (aka Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Pie).  I know he'll love that!  But, I'm thinking of posting a recipe for Father's Day in my next true/slant article, and am wondering what kinds of dishes your own hubbies/fathers like on a special day? Please share!
KFC insists it is "committed to the well-being and humane treatment of chickens."  How trustworthy are these words?  At a slaughterhouse in West Virginia that supplies KFC, workers were documented tearing the heads off live birds, spitting tobacco into their eyes, spray-painting their faces, and violently stomping on them.  These acts were witnessed dozens of times.  This slaughterhouse was not a "bad apple," but a "Supplier of the Year."  Imagine what happens at the bad apples when no one is looking. (Source: Eating Animals, Jonathan Safran Foer)

11 comments:

operagirlcooks.com said...

Your sunflower burgers look positively delicious -- I love a dense, toothsome veggie burger! I've been hunting for good recipes, and this looks like a winner.

Courtney said...

I think you should post the Chickpea Sunflower Burgers! Sounds like something my grandfather (who is like a dad to me) would love :-)

Courtney

blonderland said...

My dad is a big fan of Boston Cream Pie, but I haven't found any pastry cream/custard recipes I'm happy enough with since I went vegan. Any ideas?

aimee said...

Your Chickpea Sensation patties are my ultimate favorite (I'm sure I've mentioned a million times before!). I'm really looking forward to some new patties to add to my repertoire! Although I don't know if anything will compare!

Lisa is Raw on $10 a Day (or less!) said...

Nice! A good bean burger recipe is just about priceless!

Babette said...

I'm glad you are going to include burger recipes in your next cookbook. I enjoyed so much the ones with pumpkin seeds and lentils in Vive le Vegan!

Alta said...

I'm planning to do a peanut butter pie for my husband for Father's Day. I bet he'd love the three's company one you mentioned, but anything indulgent with peanut butter would be great. Also, those burgers sound great. We have that very same veggie burger issue at our house and I have yet to create one that pleases the kids and adults. Looking forward to seeing that recipe when it comes out.

峻龍 said...

It is no use crying over spilt milk...................................................................

Andrea said...

What is the point of writing about it and showing a photo of it and NOT giving a recipe??

Dreena said...

Thanks everyone! (and Amy, it's truly a compliment to know that the sensation patties are your sure fave - wow, thank you!)

blonderland, have you heard of the technique of using canned coconut milk to make a whipped cream? If not, let me know, I'll point you to a link - might be an option for you to try...?

Andrea, I am in recipe testing for my 4th cookbook. I have already posted samples of my new recipes on my t/s page, you can search if you like. It is not feasible for me to post EVERY new recipe I am creating, but I do try to showcase recipes here and there. Here is my t/s page:
http://trueslant.com/dreenaburton
and, of course, I have other recipes on my recipes blog page here:
http://viveleveganrecipes.blogspot.com/

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