Thursday, August 11, 2011

Caprese Burgers

I got the idea for this burger from Mama Pea's Yukon Gold White Bean Burger recipe.  It looks totally delicious, don't you think?  But I thought to myself - fresh basil and tomato?  Umm...sounds a little like a Caprese Salad to me, minus a couple ingredients!  All we need is a little Mozzarella and some Balsamic vinegar in there somewhere.

So this is my twist on a fabulous burger.  And they were amazing!  My only issue is that the recipe only makes 4, so there were no leftovers.  Very sad.

And for the vegans out there, just omit the cheese (or do a non-dairy version) - it'll be great either way!

Caprese Burgers

Serves 4

  • 1 can white beans - any will do -- rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 lb Yukon Gold, or even New Red potatoes - steamed
  • 2 cloves of garlic - minced
  • 1 T Nutritional yeast
  • 2 T whole wheat flour
  • 1 T balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 c chopped FRESH basil
  • 1 t thyme (dried)
  • 4 buns
  • Tomato for slicing
  • Mozzarella if using
  • Other toppings of your choice
 -- Place beans, steamed potatoes, nutritional yeast, flour, and vinegar in a bowl and mash until they all clump together. 
-- Stir in chopped basil and thyme.
-- Form into 4 patties.  Chill for just a little bit to firm up -- they hold up better.  Pan fry or pan "grill" 4-5 minutes on each side.
-- Put it on a bun (toasted) with whatever you have on hand.  But if you're wanting that Caprese taste - make sure there are tomatoes and mozzarella on there!

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