Alan's Vegetarian Vegan Bean and Rice Burger Mashup

"Black beans, Pinto Beans and Brown Rice mixed with breadcrumbs, picante sauce and seasoned with chili powder, cumin, garlic, oregano, cayenne pepper, salt, pepper. I use this in BULK. Roll up your sleeves, and when you wash your hands, you might want to wash up to your elbows because you might be elbow deep in this when mixing it. I like to freeze this in 2-servings sizes in the freezer. This is very filling, so a little bit goes a long way. I used dry beans and dry brown rice. The measurements were all measured dry, so this ends up being quite a large amount of food. Feel free to divide for smaller portions. This started as an experiment for vegan burgers, but I could never get the centers to a burger-like consistency. Feel free to try it as a vegan burger recipe or in a wrap. Once I put it in a wrap, I was blown away and have been using this for over a year now. I finally figured I should put the recipe somewhere so I could stop trying to remember everything. ;-) The breadcrumbs are technically not vegan, so if you know of a substitute for breadcrumbs, or know of a brand that does not use any animal product in their bread or breadcrumbs, go with that to make it vegan. Give it a try and let me know what you think, or any changed you made!"
photo by Alan J. photo by Alan J.
photo by Alan J.
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  • 1) Soak beans in a large pot, covered (quick soak method: bring to boil, then turn off the heat, leave covered for 1 1/2 hours).
  • 2) Drain beans and refill pot with fresh water, cover, bring to a boil again, simmer for 1 1/2 hours. Drain again and let cool at room temperature for at least 5-10 minutes (don't worry about using warm water, we aren't worried about keeping the beans in tact).
  • 3) About halfway through the cook time for the beans, start cooking the brown rice. Add 4 cups of water and 2 cups rice to a pot, covered. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 30-40 minutes (or as directed on package).
  • 4) Combine all seasonings and breadcrumbs in a large bowl (I combined the seasoning in one bowl to mix it, then divided it between 3 large bowls to prepare for the large amount of food this makes).
  • 5) Once both the rice and beans have cooled enough to be able to mix by hand, combine the beans and rice (I found that the large pot I used for the beans had enough room to add and mix up the rice).
  • 6) Combine all of the dry seasoning with the beans and rice mixture (or if you split the seasoning up between multiple bowls, split up equal amounts of the bean and rice mixture into each bowl).
  • 7) Start mashing! I start off using a potato masher, but always end up using my hands to get the beans and rice mashed up enough. Slowly add the picante sauce until you get the right texture for you (I prefer at least 2 pounds in this recipe, use less for a tougher/dryer mix).

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  1. Surprisingly not bad as a burger replacement! I added a little less salsa though. I think I might add more garlic next time.



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