When I think of summer, I think about backyard barbecues. The weather is usually just right at this time of year. It’s not too hot and humid yet. You can still enjoy the outdoors. Of course the day I pick for BBQ, is the day it pours all day.
When there are barbecues, there are burgers. In the past, I have just grilled some Morningstar Farms Grillers. I get annoyed with the cost, and how they are lacking in flavor. I have played with a variety of homemade veggie burgers. One version that was a success with some of my toughest critics, is a black bean burger.
I normally pair a black bean burger with a simple tortilla – only because I have always have them around the house. As I was thinking about burgers though, I had juicy burgers on soft buns pictured in my head. As I strolled through my local store though, all I could find were some really pathetic looking, chemical filled, shelf-stable buns. Not what I wanted. As I walked home dejected, it occurred to me – how hard could it be to make my own homemade buns? It’s just a simple enriched dough.
I was right, it was easy – and totally worth the smidgen of effort.
Hamburger Buns (adapted from Taste of Home)
2 tbsp. active dry yeast
1 cup warm water
2 tbsp. warm soy milk
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp. salt
3 3/4 cup flour
1 egg for egg wash
Preheat oven to 425.
Dissolve yeast in warm water and milk. Add the sugar.
Let it sit for a few minutes.
Add the oil, egg, salt and half of the flour. Stir until it forms a loose dough
Turn dough on to a floured surface.
Knead more flour in to the dough until the dough becomes elastic. Dough should be smooth and shouldn’t be so sticky.
With a dough cutter, cut dough in to 12 pieces.
Spray 2 baking sheets with oil spray.
Shape each piece of dough in to a ball and place on baking sheets.
Let the dough balls rest for ten minutes – covered with a towel.
Bake in the oven for around 10-12 minutes. Remove buns from baking sheet and transfer to cooling rack.
Black Bean Veggie Burgers
2 cans of black beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 container of baby bellas, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
5 cloves of garlic, chopped
2 tbsp. chopped parsley
1/2 medium red pepper, chopped
1/2 cup corn flake crumbs
1 tbsp. fresh thyme
1 tbsp. ketchup
2 tsp. cumin
3 tsp. salt
2 tsp. ground pepper
Place the beans in a large mixing bowl. Mash most of the beans with a potato masher. Keep some of the beans whole.
Add the rest of the ingredients to the mixing bowl. Mix well.
Form in to patties.
Grill on a barbecue or pan fry in a small amount of oil.
Enjoy with as many or as few fixings as you’d like.