I decided to opt for a burger without the beef, and I've been dreaming about it ever since. The perfect veggie burger has a charred exterior, a meaty texture, and a fresh quality to it that keeps it satisfying yet light.
Inspired by Gott's, I'm making my own mushroom-topped meatless patties, a combination of beans, breadcrumbs, and walnuts — plus a few secret ingredients. Want to get in on the recipe? Then read more.
1 15-ounce can kidney beans, drained and rinsed Makes 4 burgers.
1 small red onion, shredded and squeezed dry (about 1/2 cup)
1/3 cup chopped walnuts
1 small carrot, finely diced
1 cup plain or whole-wheat breadcrumbs
2 scallions, white and green parts, finely chopped
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
2 teaspoons Worcestershire or soy sauce
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
3 cups assorted mushrooms, sliced
4 English muffins, split and toasted
Mayonnaise and/or mustard, for garnish
Baby spinach or arugula, for garnish
1 15-ounce can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
Makes 4 burgers.