Veggie Burgers With Pomegranate Ketchup

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 15 mins

To jump-start a diet in which he lost 60 lbs, chef Richard Blais followed a vegan diet for the first 30 days. One of the recipes he came up with is this one, for which he discovered that ground dried porcini provide a meaty flavor. The recipe is served open-faced on half a burger bun, but you might want to opt for a whole bun.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a food processor, combine the raisins and almonds and process until finely chopped.
  2. Add the mushrooms and process until coarsely chopped.
  3. Add the edamame, lentils and half the couscous and process until coarsely chopped.
  4. In a small bowl, stir the curry powder into the lemon juice and add to the processor along with the porcini and process to a coarse paste.
  5. Remove to a bowl, fold in the remaining couscous and season with salt, to taste.
  6. Form the mixture into 6 patties, about 1 in thick.
  7. In a large nonstick skillet, heat the oil. Add the patties and cook over moderate heat, turning once, until browned, about 6 minutes.
  8. Combine the ketchup with the pomegranate molasses.
  9. Arrange the bun halves on plates, and spread them with the pomegranate ketchup. Place a patty on each bun, top with mesclun greens and sauteed mushrooms. Top with second half of bun, if using. Serve.