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Made this last night with a few modifications and nailed it. I would blind taste test this against Houston's any day.

First make your own bbq sauce, 2 tablespoons each of soy, molasses, honey and Hoisin. Stir and put to the side.

In another large bowl dice beans as recipe calls for then add half of the bbq sauce, save rest for when cooking patties.

Cook 1 and half cups of brown rice (I used brown jasmine) and roast two beets (go online to see how, really easy, olive oil and salt sealed in aluminum foil at 375 till soft to the touch. Half of a white onion, sautéed, when each is done add to beans (dice beets and add any juice from foil)

Add 1 teaspoon each of chili powder and salt.
1/4 teaspoon each of ground cumin, smoked paprika and ground black pepper.
1 diced fresh jalapeno
4 diced garlic cloves.
2 teaspoons of olive oil
2 each of dried prunes, plums and figs - diced
1 egg or egg substitute

Take your time, should be about 50 minutes and everything around room temp. They stayed together perfectly.

To cook, get a cast iron skillet smoking, add a coat of olive oil, place patties and drip bbq sauce on top, flip after 2 minutes and repeat with sauce. Add monterey jack slices and cover for two minutes. Get good buns and broil with olive oil.

They need nothing else, meat eaters loved and veggie%u2019s said it was better than houstons. Worth the work, one hour total. I made 6 patties with leftovers.
Good luck and enjoy

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foodforjoe May 25, 2011

I used to work at Houston's in Miami and I prepped these veggie burgers. The recipe has chopped FIGS in it and tons of garlic.

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silverlyte March 08, 2010

Houston's lied to you, Chef#226412---They do use chopped beets. I used to make the veggie burgers when I worked prep there. Brown rice, oat cereal, chopped black beans, salt, pepper, fresh garlic, jalapenos, white onion. The glaze is honey, soy, hoisin, and molasses. it gets dipped before grilling and held in the marinade before cooking.

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headchef August 11, 2005

Pretty good. I've never put beets in veggie burgers (or anything for that matter :D) and they add a really nice background flavor! I baked the patties then lightly fried them before serving. They help together ok, but that is an aspect that would need tweaking (I used 1 whole egg). Thanks!

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Herb-Cat April 08, 2010

Recipe is great. Just needed a couple modifications (which I'm going to still work on) 1 cup (instead of 1/2 cup breadcrumbs) 2 eggs (instead of 1) Adding 1 tbsp. honey did wonders for the flavor Also, I would recommend roasting the onions and the beets before adding. This helped maintain consistency.

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chriszerwas July 11, 2009

I loved this recipe but changed some things to make sure that the patties won't fall apart. I used a whole egg instead of the egg white, intead of the oat bran I used 3 tbsp oats ( we dont get oat bran here). I also cooked the onion so that they won't release more water into the pattie and make it fall apart. The other thing I changed was using short grain rice because that is all I happened to have at home. The patties cooked beautifuly and my DH didn't notice that he was eating a veggie burger until I told him. I think they were superb and hope this information will help you perfect it. THANKS CLAIRE

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Wild Thyme Flour June 05, 2009

You did an excellent job! We are so excited. We have been trying to duplicate this recipe for years. I will let you in on a little secret. I became friendly with a waiter at Housten's. He told me there were plums in the recipe. I assumed he meant prunes. So, I chopped up some prunes and added them to the recipe. That is all I changed. Excellent job. Congrats again on finding he secret ingredients. Well done!

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sierrablues May 01, 2011

My husband and I eat at Huston's mainly for this housemade veggie burger....I was kind of hesitant to try this because of the work involved BUT it was sooooooooo worth it! I added more of the oatbran to my burger mix only because it was very sticky and wasn't holding together well. Once I added the extra oatbran I formed them into patties and stuck them in the fridge for about an hour to firm up. They were very very close to the taste of Houston's veggie burger. Has anyone tried freezing them? They are quite time consuming but very much work the effort.

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blynn0326 February 19, 2011

I took the advice of 1/4 Cup Oat Bran, 1 egg and saute chopped onion before adding to mixture.
Baking using olive oil non stick spray was fine and the burgers didn't fall apart. I had honey so I used that instead of molasses. I also added figs and a teaspoon of crushed garlic. Mashing the black beans was labor intense. Any helpful hints?

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Nice Sugar September 06, 2010

These are excellent. I made some minor substitutions to adjust for what I hand on hand. I used honey not molasses, honey garlic BBQ sauce not hickory, a fresh jalapeno not pickled, and 1 small pickled beet not canned. I also reduced the cumin and salt and left out the egg as it did not need it. I put all the ingredients in the food processor and it was done in no time. These were full of flavour and a hit with my vegetarian daughter. Thanks for the easy recipe.

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Cilantro in Canada August 13, 2010
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