Miriam recently got to take another class at Hudson Table – this time on veggie burgers and other dishes you can make for an all-vegetarian backyard barbecue.  We’ll show you here how these burgers were made, as well as three sides to go along with them.

To make everything, you’ll need:

  • 1 1/2 pounds mushrooms (small varieties like crimini, shiitake and baby portobello work well)
  • A white onion
  • 6-7 cloves of garlic
  • Oats
  • Shredded parmesan cheese
  • Breadcrumbs
  • 6 eggs
  • Parsley
  • Dried oregano
  • Lemon juice
  • Sugar
  • A can of chipotles in adobo
  • 4 burger buns
  • 3 scallions
  • Soy sauce
  • Tahini
  • Lime juice
  • Vinegar
  • Maple syrup
  • Ginger
  • Red pepper flakes
  • A head of red cabbage
  • A head of napa cabbage
  • 2 carrots
  • Cilantro
  • A jalapeño
  • A head of cauliflower
  • A red onion
  • 12 ounces orzo pasta
  • Honey
  • Raisins
  • Pine nuts
  • A pound of green beans
  • Panko breadcrumbs
  • Garlic salt

To make the burgers, start by dicing up your white onion and mincing 3 cloves of garlic, then sauté them in a pan over medium heat until they just start to become translucent.


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Meanwhile, chop your mushrooms into small, evenly sized pieces.


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Add them to your pan and cook them until they are reduced and all the water from them has evaporated.


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While the mushrooms are cooking, measure out 2/3 cup of oats, 1/3 cup parmesan cheese, and a teaspoon of dried oregano and mix these ingredients in a bowl.


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Once the mushrooms have fully cooked and cooled a little, pour them in with the dry ingredients and add a tablespoon of chopped parsley.


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Then stir everything together, along with 2 beaten eggs …


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… and form your mixture into patties – you should be able to shape out four fairly large burgers.  Bake these on a sheet pan at 350°F for 20-30 minutes until they’re browned and cooked through.




You can whip up an aioli to top your burger by mixing 2 egg yolks, a tablespoon of lemon juice, 2-3 minced garlic cloves, 1/4 teaspoon sugar, 2 tablespoons of your chipotles, and a large pinch of salt in a food processor, then adding in 3/4 cup vegetable oil and letting everything mix together into a smooth sauce.




Once the burgers are done, serve them on buns topped with the aioli.




As a side, you can make a cauliflower orzo salad by chopping your cauliflower into florets and scattering it on a baking sheet along with your chopped red onion, salt, pepper, and a drizzle of olive oil over it all.


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Bake everything for 20-25 minutes at 400°F until the cauliflower begins to brown.


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Meanwhile, as a dressing whisk together 1/4 cup vinegar, 1/4 cup olive oil, a tablespoon of lemon juice, a teaspoon of honey, a minced garlic clove, and some salt and pepper.


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When the veggies are done, mix them into the cooked orzo along with 1/2 cup raisins, 1/4 cup pine nuts, and 3 tablespoons of minced parsley.  Then top everything with your dressing.


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To make a nice slaw to go along with the burgers, chop up 2 cups of your red cabbage and 1/2 cup of the napa cabbage, shred both of your carrots, finely chopped the cilantro, and cut your jalapeño into slivers, then mix all these veggies together.


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Whisk together a dressing of 3 minced scallions, 1/4 cup soy sauce, 1/4 cup water, 2 tablespoons of tahini, a tablespoon of lime juice, a tablespoon of vinegar, a tablespoon of maple syrup, 1/2 teaspoon of red pepper flakes, and 1 1/2 tablespoons of grated ginger.  Pour this over your slaw.


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And finally, instead of traditional French fries you can make some baked green bean fries.  Trim the ends off all your green beans and dip them individually into a dish of 1/2 cup of flour, then into 2 beaten eggs, then into a bowl of a cup of panko breadcrumbs mixed with 1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese.  Lay out all the beans on a baking sheet.


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Bake them at 425°F for 10-12 minutes until they crisp up and brown.  This is what they should look like when they’re done:




And there you have a burger and three sides, all vegetarian.  It takes a little bit of time and some creative sourcing of ingredients to make everything, but these burgers are delicious and the sides are unique.  If you’re invited to a backyard get-together this summer, consider making one or all of these recipes and bringing them along as proof that vegetarians can still enjoy some tasty barbecue-style food.