“Vegan Go Bean Burgers with Green Chili Cream Cheese Topping”
Green is the theme of these simple, delicious, and nutritious Mexican-spiced burgers. The bean-based patties hold together beautifully, and their pleasantly chewy texture is the perfect counterpoint to the spicy-tart of the green chili “cream cheese” topping, made with Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese.
1 3/4 cup fresh cooked lima beans (or 1-15.5 ounce can of your favorite bean, rinsed and drained)
1/3 cup walnuts (or your favorite nut)
1/3 cup uncooked oatmeal
1/3 cup vital wheat gluten
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon Liquid Aminos or soy sauce
1/4 cup olive oil, divided
Optional: 1 tablespoon water
4 toasted hamburger buns or 4 butter lettuce leaves
4 slices green tomato
Green Chili Cream Cheese topping (recipe follows)
Optional Garnish: lime zest and/or thin slices of lime
Place all ingredients, except tomato, topping, and bun–using only 1 of the tablespoons olive oil and optional water–in a food processor and pulse until mixture is well combined. Then run motor for a few seconds until mixture holds together; avoid over processing.
Shape mixture into 4 patties about 3/4-inch thick. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil over medium-high in a large cast iron skillet. Add patties and cook 5 minutes or until golden brown, adding another tablespoon of oil and swirling around pan if needed halfway through. Flip, add remaining tablespoon of oil, swirl, and cook another 5 minutes to brown remaining side.
Place each patty on a bun or lettuce leaf, top with a slice of tomato and 1/4 of the sauce, and serve immediately. Garnish, if desired, with lime zest and/or thin slices of lime.
Green Chili Cream Cheese Topping
8 ounces Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese
1 can chopped green chilies, drained
Zest of 1 small lime
In a small bowl, heat Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese for about a minute in the microwave or until very soft and stir-able. Add green chilies, salt and pepper, and stir to combine.
Yields 4 burgers.
Created exclusively for Tofutti Brands, Inc. by Betsy DiJulio over at The Blooming Platter.