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Veggie Burger: FAIL 
Aug. 2, 2010 4:46 pm 
Updated: Aug. 4, 2010 10:09 am
I am always looking for new recipes to make the perfect homemade veggie burger, so I was so excited to see the cover of my latest Vegetarian Times magazine promise "the best homemade veggie burger". Inside, they revealed the secret glue that holds the burgers together for even grilling!

I have tried many recipes, and have yet to find the perfect consistency that holds together even just for pan frying. So- their secret ingredient? Overcooked pasta! Ok, never tried that, but did have some leftover pasta that was to be pureed. I added leftover rice, a can of white beans, and the veggies that I had: sauteed mushrooms and onion, red peppers, kalamata olives, cayenne pepper. Salt and pepper, balsamic, and some grill seasoning. I chilled them for a while, but they still didn't seem like they'd stick together, so I floured them a bit before adding them to a pan with hot oil. I wish I could say success, but they were a FAIL. The flavor was great, but did not hold together. Anyway, we used the leftovers in wraps the next day.

Husband took a few days in the kitchen this week, and I have to say there were some weird dishes...sorry husband! First night was mac and cheese with an assortment of leftover cheeses and mushroom gravy in the bottom, served with toast points and tomatoes. Next night was pineapple meatballs served with hard boiled eggs and marinated beets. Everything really was great, but I never would have thought of the flavor combos! I had to work late, but he very sweetly texted me a photo of his menu board!
We went a little over budget for the week ($112, so we were $7 over) and this is what we had:

Thursday: Pork tacos

Friday: Salmon, rice and veggies

Saturday: Meatball pizza

Sunday: Big Salad

Monday: BLT's on rye

Tuesday: Mushroom mac and cheese

Wednesday: Meatballs, beets, and eggs

One last photo for those who have never seen a fresh-caught octopus!

Hope everyone has a great week!

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Aug. 2, 2010 4:48 pm
It seems all husbands come up with some strange combos, but usually it tastes pretty good! The octopus is interesting - never saw one before!
Aug. 2, 2010 5:44 pm
At least the taste factor was a "score" on the veggie burger. And the husband's choices were the sign board promotional. The octopus...glad you clarified. I was not sure but what he had found an unwelcome critter of some sort. LOL Thanks for sharing, even the failure. (mushy pasta binder...hmmm...yuck?)
Aug. 2, 2010 5:44 pm
I just received my new Veg times today - I will have to look at that recipe! Have you seen my recipe for Spicy Black Bean Burger? I posted it today on my blog but I also have it here as a weblink on AR.
Aug. 2, 2010 5:46 pm
Let me clarify the "yuck" comment. I had a bad experience with overcooked, I just have an aversion to it. Thanks again for your post.
Aug. 2, 2010 8:29 pm
When I owned my restaurant we served a veggie burger that was comprised of 3 types of mushrooms. How they were bound together is a mystery, but I am thinking because it was put on the grill frozen and then we placed a weight on top, flipped it after 2 1/2 mins. and grilled for another 2 1/2 with the weight on it again. Perhaps after you wash the mushrooms, put them in a food processor, form into patties and freeze them maybe it would work. You may have to play with an ingredient to bind them together. They were yummy with a little seasoning salt on top.
Aug. 3, 2010 2:41 am
your beets and meatballs look very tasty!
Aug. 3, 2010 6:29 am
The menu board was cute! His food looked pretty good too. I would like to try veggie burgers sorry to hear that recipe didn't work for you. Hate when that happens! You've given me an idea though. For my birthday I made spring rolls for the first time. Got a lot of wrappers left, wonder if I can use the wrap around mushrooms & beans and pan saute it in the shape of a burger.
Mrs. C 
Aug. 3, 2010 7:29 am
Kinda new to AR, this is the first I have come across your blog! Facinated with your galley life, challenged with your budget, and impressed with the creativity that you both show. Oh, yes~ I am also envious of the lifestyle!
Aug. 3, 2010 7:32 am
Boy Barbara, really sorry about all your hard work. That is really frustrating when you put the time,effort,$$, Anticipation and it falls flat:( CR@P on a cracker. I wish you better luck next time! Oh and EEEEEWWWWWWW on the hubby and his New buddy. LOL
Aug. 3, 2010 1:15 pm
Thank you, Barbara!!! You and two of your posters here inspired me. Made my first veggie burger today. LOVED IT!!! Used chick peas(thought about the black beans), portabellas, a little EVOO, some spice and something from my garden. You said the binder was an issue so as I was harvasting in the garden this morning it came to me-use ( I know this is a Yuck veg for some) okra. It's kinda got that consistency of an egg. I froze my creation in a ring and then fried it in a skillet with a little canola. The flavor was AWESOME! I wouldn't have tried it if you hadn't posted your blog. So thanks again!!!
Aug. 3, 2010 3:49 pm
I use this burger recipe. It stays together fairly well and has fantastic flavor!
Aug. 3, 2010 5:00 pm
barb, i'm so jealous that your hubby gets in the kitchen, and really gets involved!! love the sign. i've made my own veggie burgers too, but it's been a while...thanks for the reminder!
Aug. 4, 2010 3:44 am
What I want to know is if he is going to EAT the octopus?!?
Aug. 4, 2010 3:44 am
What I want to know is if he is going to EAT the octopus?!?
Aug. 4, 2010 4:46 am
Nope, we didn't eat the octopus...see my older pst "Octopus Brains". We have a friend who had prepared it before, so we gave it to her and she said it was good!
Aug. 4, 2010 6:23 am
Hey Barbara, everything looked real yummy! I wish my husband would even step into the kitchen! If he does it's usually "nuked"! I also have been thinking about you and your husband because it's shark week on the discovery channel. Stay safe out there on your boat: )
Aug. 4, 2010 10:09 am
Thanks! Most of the sharks here are not dangerous, but husband did see a man-eating hammerhead on a recent dive (I wish he hadn't have told me!)
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I live on a sailboat in the Virgin Islands with a tiny fridge, so there is no room for leftovers. I love the ingredient search on this site...I never waste anything! It's very expensive to live here, so we do a menu challenge-trying to spend less than $15 a day on food.
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I am a jewelry designer and work for myself, so I have the flexibility to make time-consuming or complicated meals, but I usually end up making something quick and easy or using the slow cooker.
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Oyster dressing is a must for Thanksgiving and Christmas! I keep Grandma's handwritten recipe and follow it exactly.
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