It all began when my boyfriend and I decided to have a contest over who could make the most creative and tasty veggie burger. I was nervous: I know a good vegan burger when I taste it, but my boyfriend is something of a veggie burger connoisseur.
All day, I wracked my brains trying to imagine what the best entry would be. Should I go with something traditional, like my foolproof tofu burgers? Something sweeter and softer, like my sweet potato and chickpea burgers? How about my homemade sunshine burgers? In the end, I decided to create a new recipe in the form of these ridiculously healthy millet, kale, and yam burgers. The idea was to take a bunch of nutritious ingredients that I adore, and shape them into a dish that screams comfort food. I think I succeeded.
These burgers aren’t as simple as my foolproof tofu burgers are, but I think you’ll find that they’re easy to prepare if you work in stages (I cooked the millet and mashed the yams the night before), and they’re certainly not challenging in terms of technique. They’re gluten free, and they boast about ten grams of protein per burger.
Fans of my savory polenta stacks with black beans and greens and beans will also find plenty of similarities between that dish and these burgers: no surprise, given that both utilize a laundry list of my “dessert island foods.” I hope you try them, and love them.
The first night we enjoyed these the old fashioned way; with Ezekiel burger buns, organic ketchup, and a big salad. But for the past few days, I’ve made lunches by placing a cooked burger atop a big green salad, and adorning it with a smear of sweet potato hummus. Yum!
These burgers ought to freeze nicely for at least a month, and they’ll last in the fridge for at least four days. They’re great, easy, portable leftovers! As for the burger competition, these guys were neck and neck with the boyfriend’s, which were made of cooked buckwheat and beets. They were amazing, and my new goal is to replicate them. But that’s a recipe for another time.
Have a happy, restful Sunday! See you back here tomorrow.