Monday, August 8, 2011

Summer Time Treats: Black Bean Burgers with Roasted Garlic-Jalepeno Aioli and Bisquick Blackberry Cobbler

I love my new camera, I love taking pictures outside, and I love these black bean burgers from a blog called VegLite-Healthy Vegan Recipes. I used canned beans instead of dried, and didn't saute my onions. The spices are just a tad different, but pretty similar.

Other than the actual burger, the best part is my roasted garlic and jalepeno aioli. Before I went vegan, I loved dressing up mayo this way, and now I can do the same thing with Vegenaise. I love Vegenaise, and it will always have a place in my fridge. First I will show you how to make the Aioli.
Remove the paper from 1 large head of garlic
Seed and dice 1 jalepeno pepper
put garlic and jalepeno in a small rameken
drizzle over 1 Tb olive oil to coat the garlic and jalepeno

Cover with tin foil and bake in a 350 degree oven for 30-40 minutes. I usually don't preheat, and ovens vary. Just make sure the garlic is soft enough to mash with a fork, but not burnt.

Add 1/2 cup of Vegenaise and mix with the garlic and jalepeno

For the burgers you need:

2 15 oz cans drained black beans
1/2 cup vital wheat gluten
1/2 cup whole wheat breadcrumbs
Olive oil for sauteing
1/2 diced red onion
1 ts cumin
1 ts paprika
1 ts salt
1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
1/4 cup water

Put all ingredients except for the olive oil in a food processor and pulse until everthing is incorporated. Form into 8-10 patties, depending on size. I arranged mine in a large rectangular tupperware in two layers. I put parchment paper above the first layer to keep them seperated from the second layer. Then I put them in the fridge several hours before dinner. I like to do things ahead of time as often as possible.
In a non-stick skillet heat olive oil over medium high heat. I just bought an awesome eco-friendly non-stick pan, so all I need is a light spray of oil for each batch. Cook for 3 minutes on each side, or until golden brown and crispy. Arrange on a bun with some Aoli, a crisp lettuce leaf, and whatever pleases you! 

For dessert, Jason has been begging me to make him a blackberry cobbler. He fancies himself a grizzly bear I think! Don't judge me by the Bisquick, I needed to finish the box I had in my pantry! I will make a healthier version in the future with whole grain flour, but I must say this was divine, and so easy.
I modified this recipe, very easy to veganize. I just used a cup of Bisquick for the dry ingredients, and used 6 Tbs coconut oil instead of the 1/2 cup of butter. I used less than 1/2 cup of oil because Bisquick already has oil in the mix, the hydrogenated kind! I know, I'm not doing a very good job of selling it, but it was so good. We didn't have any coconut ice cream, but it would be a perfect friend to this cobbler. Oh, and I used soy milk instead of real milk. I'm sure any plant milk will do. Mine only took 45 minutes to bake. Try it! Its yummy!


  1. Wow, that burger looks insanely good. I normally don't like Vegenaise, but it's been growing on me. I bet once you added the jalapeno and garlic it was really good. Awesome pictures by the way.

  2. Really???!! You don't like Vegenaise?! I don't know what I would do without it. Whats gross though, is Ava has started to enjoy eating it by the spoonful, which is just disgusting. I have to hide the jar from her! Were you not a big mayo fan before going vegan? Some people just don't like mayo.

  3. Lol. Yeah, I guess it's true that I never really liked mayo even before I went vegan, but I ordered something at The Loving Hut with Vegenaise and it was okay. I guess it just depends on how it's prepared.

  4. Awesome food! I need some veg inspiration so you have a new follower. I found you on MDC :)

  5. Hi Amy! It means so much that someone out there could find a little inspiration here. I hope to learn more about you and other readers as I continue this blog! Its a lot of fun, and I am so thankful to people like you who take the time to read it. Thank you so much.

  6. And thanks for checking out my blog. It's all about the boy. I look forward to seeing more fab recipes from you. We are vegetarians trying to eat more vegan, one meal at a time. Can't wait to see what you have to post.

  7. You seem to have a knack for photography. Thats so awesome that you and your family are looking to be even more plant strong in your lives. I myself didn't turn vegan over night. I approached it as an adventure and a journey. Any move toward eating more plants is a plus in my book!