andystarr (andystarr) wrote in vegancooking,

From loaf to burger/pattie?

I'm currently on a low-acid diet to help curve my heartburn/indigestion issues so I can no longer have some of my favorite veggie burgers for lunch anymore. This past week, I used Appetite for Reduction's Baked Falafel (eliminating the bad foods like garlic, onion and hot sauce) to make patties to put in a whole wheat bun. It turned out pretty well except for being a little dry. Anyway, I'm not in the mood for falafel for my lunches next week and was hoping to use the magic loaf recipe to make patties. I could just make a loaf and slice it but sometimes that can get a little messy or doesn't hold up in the sandwich. Has anyone used this recipe to make burgers/patties? Would I need more liquid so it wouldn't dry out in the oven? Would I need more binder to keep it together? How long should I bake them for? Any advice? Thanks!
Also, I provided the recipe I would be using for context.

1/2 cup sunflower seeds

2 TB water or broth for steam-frying

One large carrot, peeled and grated

One cup mushrooms, cleaned and chopped

2 cups cooked lentils

1 cup dry whole wheat bread crumbs

1/4 to 1/2 cup vegetable broth, as needed

1/2 cup cooked oatmeal

1/4 tsp. dried thyme

1/2 tsp. dried sage

2 TB nutritional yeast flakes

2 TB soy sauce


Preheat the oven to 350º. Spray a loaf pan or 8x8 square baking pan
with nonstick spray and set aside (an 8x8 pan makes a crisper loaf).

Grind the sunflower seeds into a coarse meal using a food processor or
spice/coffee grinder. Place in a large mixing bowl and set aside.

Sauté any vegetables you've chosen in the water or broth for
steam-frying until soft. Add to the large mixing bowl along with all
the remaining ingredients. Mix and mash together well, adding only as
much liquid as needed to create a soft, moist loaf that holds together
and is not runny (you may not need to add any liquid if the grains and
protein are very moist). Add more binder/carbohydrate as needed if the
loaf seems too wet.

Press mixture into the prepared pan and bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until cooked through.

Let the loaf cool in the pan for 10 to 15 minutes, then turn out onto a
plate or platter and slice. Serve with potatoes, vegetables, and
vegetarian gravy, if desired.

Tags: main dishes-meat loaves, substitutes-meat-burgers
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