Almond Burgers | Egg, Dairy & Gluten-Free

Almond Burgers | Egg, Dairy & Gluten Free

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These plant-based burgers are inspired by Rebar restaurant in Victoria, BC. However, as an added bonus, these burgers are also vegan and gluten-free. The base for these delicious burgers is cornbread, onion, celery, red peppers, jalapeño, garlic, fresh thyme and almonds.
  • Serves: 6 to 8
  • Active Time: 1 hr
  • Total Time: 1 hr 30 mins
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Steps

Step 1: Making the Cornbread

• 2 cup gluten-free cornmeal
• 2 tsp baking powder
• 1 tsp xanthan gum
• 1 tsp sea salt
• 3 tbsp sweetener of choice (maple syrup, honey, sugar)
• 1 cup gluten-free flour (such as Bob's Red Mill all-purpose baking flour)
• 2 cup non-dairy milk, room temperature
• 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
• 2 tsp apple cider (or lemon juice)

Method

To make the cornbread, first preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C).

Next, mix all of the dry ingredients together. In a separate bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients.

Next, add the wet ingredients into the dry and gently mix to combine. Place into a greased 8″ × 8″ -inch pan, loaf pan or cast iron skillet and bake for 30 to 40 minutes or until the edges are slightly browned and the top is firm to the touch.

Once done, allow the bread to cool completely. Then slice and break up into chunks. Set aside while you prepare the rest of your mise en place. This step can be done a day or two in advance.

Step 2: Preparing Your Mise en Place

• 1 onion, diced
• 3 celery stalks, diced
• 1 red pepper, diced
• 1 jalapeño, minced (use more or less as desired)
• 1 cup almonds*
• 3 cloves garlic, minced
• 3 tbsp chia or ground flax seeds
• 1 tsp chili flakes
• 1 tsp sea salt
• 1 pkg alfalfa sprouts
• 1 tsp fresh thyme, finely chopped
• 9 tbsp water

Method

Prepare and gather all of the ingredients. For the almonds, either chop them by hand, or pulse them a few times in a food processor. You just do not want them to be too fine—a few bigger pieces add nice texture.

Lastly, mix the chia seeds and water together and set aside.

Step 3: Making the Burgers

• coconut oil for frying (or other cooking oil)
• sea salt, to taste
• 1 loaf cornbread* (approx. 1 1/2 lbs)

Method

To make the burgers, heat a large fry pan over medium-low heat. Add a tablespoon or so of oil and then add the onions, along with a good pinch of salt. Let cook for a few minutes and then add the celery and cook until soft and translucent. Next, add the garlic and cook for a minute or so. Then add the red peppers, jalapeño, almonds, fresh thyme, chili flakes and salt. Let cook for another minute or so and then remove from the heat.

Pour everything into a large bowl and add the chia/water mixture. Mix well to combine. Then add the alfalfa sprouts and mix again. Lastly, add the cornbread and mix well. Taste for seasoning, adding more salt and/or chili flakes as desired.

Next, form the burgers into patties. Pressing them well to ensure they stick together. The recipe makes anywhere from 6 to 8 burgers, depending on how big you make them. A good size is about 6 to 7 ounces each.

Once the patties have been formed, cover with plastic wrap and place into the refrigerator to firm up. This just helps them keep their shape when frying so they don’t fall apart. Shaping can be done a few hours or up to a day in advance.

Step 4: Cooking the Burgers

• coconut oil for frying
• alfalfa sprouts*
• pickled jalapeños*
• Dijon mustard*
• salsa**
• thinly sliced onions*

Method

Once you are ready to cook the burgers, preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C).

To cook the burgers, heat a fry pan over medium heat and once hot add a tablespoon or so of oil. A non-stick pan works quite well for these burgers.

Next, add the burgers and let cook for a few minutes on the first side. Once the first side is golden, gently flip the burgers. Cook on the other side for a few more minutes and then place the burgers onto a tray lined with parchment. Place into the oven to finish cooking. Let cook for approximately 5 to 10 minutes or until completely heated through.

Meanwhile, you can prepare the buns and all of your favorite fixings.

*Note: While the toppings are are ultimately up to you, this particular combination really does add to the final result. We typically top these burgers with pickled jalapeños, Dijon mustard, salsa and a big bunch of alfalfa sprouts.

**Note: For the salsa, either use a fresh salsa, or simply chop some tomatoes and pickled jalapeños and toss together. Add a few good spoonfuls to each burger—it really adds to the overall flavor.

Once the burgers are done, assemble and enjoy them with a salad or some nice roasted potato wedges.

7 Comments

  • Kalyn S
    Kalyn S
    The recipe says to finely chop the thyme, but it does not indicate how much thyme to use.
  • Dawn T Rouxbe Staff
    Dawn T
    Sorry about that, the thyme as been added to the ingredients list. Cheers!
  • Laura C
    Laura C
    Two questions: can I use regular flour instead of gluten free and what is the role of the Xantam Gum in this recipe? I am curious...
  • Dawn T Rouxbe Staff
    Dawn T
    We have not actually made this particular cornbread using regular flour, but it would likely work. In that case, you may not need to use the xantham gum, which in this case is used to help bind and thicken the cornbread. When it comes to gluten-free baking, xantham gum, if often used for it's thicken and binding properties. Basically, it is used to help replicate some of the stretching and structural characteristics of gluten. Hope that helps Laura. Cheers!
  • Laura C
    Laura C
    Thanks for the answer Dawn. I have never purchased Xantam Gum before, that is why I was asking. By the way, do you think that the oven method used for the Samosa burgers would work instead of pan fry? It is so much convenient and healthier.
  • Dawn T Rouxbe Staff
    Dawn T
    I have not actually tried baking these burger before, but I don't see why it wouldn't work. Like the samosa burgers, they may be a bit more fragile due to the fact that they won't have that extra "pan-fried crust" on the outside, but again, I am sure they would be great. Alternatively, you could pan fry them in a non-stick pan, using no oil. Either way, I say to give it a try and see what works best for you — and feel free to report back. Cheers!
  • Laura C
    Laura C
    I will and thanks again for your input.

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