Umami is one of our primary flavor types and roughly translates to mean meaty or savory. This Umami burger offers all of that and more. The vegan bacon bits and the chipotle aquafaba cheese make this burger stand out amongst its peers.

Umami Burger [Vegan]

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Serves

5

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Ingredients

For the Burgers:

  • 1 (15-ounce) can cannellini beans
  • 1/2 cup steamed greens, chopped and well packed
  • 1/2 cup vital wheat gluten or 1/2 cup quick cooking oats
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 2 teaspoons dark miso
  • Sea salt, to taste

For the Toppings:

  • Thick cut grilled tomatoes
  • Soy curls bacon bits
  • Buns, toasted
  • Jalapeños, sliced
  •  Pickles, sliced
  • Oil, as needed

For the Soy Curl Bacon Bits

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup reduced-sodium tamari
  • 2 teaspoons liquid smoke
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 cup ground soy curls
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Preparation

To Make the Burgers:

  1. Preheat the oven to 300°F.
  2. Add the beans, greens, gluten, garlic, and miso to a food processor. Pulse the ingredients 20 times to break up the beans and miso.
  3. Transfer the mixture to a large bowl and knead until gluten threads form.
  4. Add salt to taste.
  5. Divide the mixture into 5 portions and form each portion into a 2-inch patty.
  6. Place the burgers on a baking sheet and add 1/4 cup of water to the pan. Cover tightly with foil and bake for 30 minutes.
  7. Uncover the burgers and continue to bake them for 15 minutes.
  8. Flip the burgers and continue to bake them for another 15 minutes.
  9. Remove the burgers from the oven and allow them to cool to firm up. This should take about 30 minutes.
  10. While your burgers are baking, heat a medium grill pan over medium heat.
  11. Grill the tomatoes, about 3 minutes per side and keep them warm.
  12. Spray the patties with oil and grill them for 5 minutes.
  13. Warm the cheese slices in a separate skillet to begin melting them.
  14. Flip the burgers and add the warmed cheese and then add the grilled tomatoes.
  15. Cover the pan and continue to grill the burgers for another 5 minutes or until the burger is marked and the cheese melts.
  16. Make the burgers by adding them to the bottom of a toasted bun. Top them with bacon bits, jalapeno slices, and pickles.

To Make the Soy Curl Bacon Bits:

  1. Combine the water, tamari, Worcestershire, smoke, yeast, and salt in a medium saucepan.
  2. Bring the mixture to a boil and add the soy curls. Mix the ingredients well, remove them from the heat and set them aside for 10 minutes.
  3. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  4. Add the hydrated curls to a baking sheet and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until they are almost crisp.
  5. Add the oil and stir the mixture for about 20 minutes into the baking time. It is important to stir every 5 minutes to avoid burning the curls.
  6. The bits will become crisp as they cool. Store in an air-tight container as soon as they are cool.
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