Need a new dinner idea? How about #vegan Wild Rice Pub Burgers? http://bit.ly/ckEc6W
"Hell, yeah, I need a new dinner idea," I exclaimed. "In fact, I need 22 ideas for the impending VeganMoFo." Add the fact that I like pubs and burgers, and that I already had the side of beer on hand, this idea was what middle management would call a "non brain."
So while I was making last night's red lentil stew I also prepared the rice for this recipe. (Let me add, parenthetically, that I had never before planned a meal this far in advance.) Having that squared away made preparing the burgers ridiculously easy.
But there's a catch. After forming 6 relatively perfect patties, I realized that I had enough material to make 7 1/2. Rather than let the remaining 1/2 burger go to waste, I made a one-and-a-half burger. It was huge. When the bun saw me plop that monster down on the grill pan (I don't have a non-stick pan), it was like, "Aw, shit." And then there's the grill pan. I think that these burgers would benefit from the surface area and sizzling oil of a frying pan, especially when they're embarrassingly large. This big boy tasted incredible, but was lacking the cohesive texture that a pan or skillet would have promoted. Fortunately, I have 6 normal-sized patties sitting in the freezer, eager to be used as directed.
Thanks for the excellent recipe, Jess! I promise that this is the last of my VeganMoFo harassment.