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.

Almond Burgers [Vegan]

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Ingredients

To Make the Cornbread:

  • 2 cup gluten-free cornmeal
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 3 tablespoons sweetener of choice (maple syrup or sugar)
  • 1 cup gluten-free flour
  • 2 cup non-dairy milk, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider (or lemon juice)

For the Burgers:

  • 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 tablespoons chia or ground flax seeds
  • 1 teaspoon chili flakes
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 pkg alfalfa sprouts
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme, finely chopped
  • 9 tablespoons water
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Preparation

To Make the Cornbread:

  1. To make the cornbread, first preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. Next, mix all of the dry ingredients together. In a separate bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

To Prepare the Burgers:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Lastly, mix the chia seeds and water together and set aside.

To Make the Burgers:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

To Cook the Burgers:

  1. Once you are ready to cook the burgers, preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Meanwhile, you can prepare the buns and all of your favorite fixings.
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Notes

*Note: While the toppings are are ultimately up to you, this particular combination really does add to the final result. 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.

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