Vegan Mushroom Pecan Burgers Have a hearty and chewy texture that really adds a lot to a great veggie patty. All kinds of goodies inside for protein and flavor.
I've seen lots of mushroom walnut burgers but some people just don't like walnuts. They have a very distinct earthy taste that bothers some people.
Now as for me I've never had a nut that I didn't like. But hey! Why not change it up and make a mushroom pecan burger.
The combination of the two tastes goes so nice together. And why not switch out the lentils for chickpeas? There again - less earthy in flavor.
You need a binder for the burger and mashed chickpeas sound perfect.
Once in a while, I need aquafaba and it doesn't always coincide with me needing chickpeas. Because of that, I freeze the chickpeas for another time. This time is perfect.
🔪 Veggie burgers that don't fall apart
- That's a major question around these here parts. It's a tough one and none will really stay together like the meat versions except ones that have vital wheat gluten added inside. Then you are almost making 'meat' anyway. I will absolutely get that recipe on very very soon.
- Some do stay together more than others though so here are some hints.
- Add sticky and starchy ingredients. Things like potatoes, beans, tomato paste, lentils and even a little bit of nut butter. They are all sticky and help a lot.
- Dry ingredients that get sticky when mixed with moisture such as breadcrumbs, oats, cooked quinoa and cooked rice.
- An egg replacer can act as a binder. My favorite is chia seed meal. It gels up almost instantly.
💭 Chefs tips
- It's tricky when adding vegetables such as mushrooms and carrots. They have a lot of moisture. That's one reason I like to sauté the mushroom and onion first. It gets out a lot of the moisture besides adding amazing flavor.
- Don't get your mix too wet. It truly does need to stick together. Not mushy but sticky enough so that it doesn't fall apart as you're pressing it into a patty.
- Have everything well mixed and then form into a patty, firmly, that is as even as you can.
- When cooking, gently place into hot oil and fry until crispy. Do not push down with the spatula. That will separate the ingredients.
- When flipping the burger do so gently. You can even hold a fork or knife under the edge that's getting flipped over as you lay it down more lightly into the pan.
🍔 More great vegan burgers
Besides these Vegan Mushroom Pecan Burgers, there are so many great burger recipes on this blog. Sliders and other sandwiches too!
Below is a photo of a great Black Bean Burgers recipe. Click on it and check the recipe.
And one more that is an oldie but a goodie that uses Lentils. It's a but spicy too. Check out Spicy Green Lentil Burgers!
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Vegan Mushroom Pecan Burgers
- 8 ounces portobello mushrooms - I used sliced
- ¼ cup red onion, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced or chopped fine
- 15 ounces chickpeas, 1 can, drained and then patted dry
- 1 cup pecans, diced small
- 1 ½ cup instant oats or rolled oats ground small
- 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
- 1 tablespoon tahini or almond butter
- Add 2 tablespoons of water to a large skillet. Raise to medium high and add the sliced portobello mushrooms. Sauté for 5 minutes.
- Add the onion and sauté for another 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook 2 more minutes.
- Remove from heat and add to a food processor. Also add the chickpeas, pecans. Add the oats if they are rolled and not instant.
- Process with a few pulses to have all of the ingredients in small pieces. No chunks.
- Add to a large mixing bowl and add the hoisin sauce, and tahini. If you are using instant oats add that now too.
- Mix well together. You can even use your hands and work it very well together.
- Form into six patties. You can also press them into a round form such as an English Muffin tin round or a pancake ring. One that is about 3" across.
- Fry in oil on one side until crispy browned and then carefully flip and brown on the other side. Ready for serving!