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TIP OF THE DAY: Veggie Burgers For Labor Day

Island Burger Morningstar
[1] The Island Burger has grilled pineapple, to whisk your taste buds to the tropics.

Pita Burger Morningstar Vegetarian
[2] The Pita Burger has Mediterranean accents, including feta cheese.

Morningstar Grillers Prime

[3] MorningStar Farms makes its Classic line of veggie burgers in 11 flavors (all photos courtesy Morningstar Farms).

 

When one of Top Chef’s favorite chefs, Richard Blais.

In addition to his cuisine moderne, Chef Blais previously owned the FLIP burger boutique in Atlanta.

Using MorningStar Farms’ veggie burgers. The burger line alone is extensive (here are recipes for the entire product line):

  • Garden Veggie Burgers
  • Grillers Prime Burgers
  • Grillers Prime Burgers
  • Spicy Black Bean Burgers
  • Spicy Black Bean Burgers
  • Mediterranean Chickpea Burgers
  • Mediterranean Chickpea Burgers
  • Tomato & Basil Pizza Burgers
  • Tomato & Basil Pizza Burgers
  • Grillers Original Burgers
  • Grillers Original Burgers
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    Chef Blais created four vegetarian burgers, just right for Labor Day Weekend.

    Even meat eaters like a good veggie burger—and these are great veggie burgers. Serve both beef burgers and veggie burgers, and you’ll be surprised to see who comes back for seconds on the veggie.

    RECIPE #1: ISLAND BURGER

    Prep/cook time is 20 minutes.

    Ingredients Per Burger

  • 1 MorningStar Farms Spicy Black Bean Burger
  • 1 tablespoon Kansas City-style barbecue sauce*
  • 2 MorningStar Farms Grillers Original Burger
  • 1 Slice pineapple, skin and center removed
  • 3 sprigs cilantro, torn
  • 1 cup shredded green or red cabbage
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon yellow mustard
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 pinch ground black pepper
  • 1 soft Hawaiian roll
  • ________________

    *Kansas City-style barbecue sauce is smoky and sweet. It is made by large brands like Bulls-Eye and Heinz, as well as by artisan producers.
     

    Preparation

    1. GRILL the Spicy Black Bean Burger to warm, and chop roughly while still warm. Toss with barbecue sauce. Set aside in bowl.

    2. GRILL to warm the Grillers Original Burger. Grill the pineapple slice on the hottest part of the grill, 1 minute on each side.

    3. TOSS the cilantro, cabbage, sesame oil and mustard in a bowl. Season with salt and pepper.

    4. PLACE a small handful of dressed cabbage on bottom half of the bun. Add the two Grillers Original Burgers, with the grilled pineapple slice between the patties. Top off with the Spicy Black Bean Burger-and-barbecue-sauce mix. Add the top bun half and serve.

     

    RECIPE #2: PITA BURGER

    Prep time is 25 minutes, cook time is 5 minutes.

    Ingredients Per Burger

  • 1/?2 cup cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 3 slices cucumber
  • 1 tablespoon Greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon dried garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried mint
  • 1 slice seedless watermelon
  • 1 small handful of arugula
  • 1/4 cup feta cheese
  • 1 MorningStar Farms Grillers Original Burger
  • 1 slice pita bread, split lengthwise
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander seed, coarsely ground
  • 2 slices cooked canned beets
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    Preparation

    1. PICKLE the cucumbers. Bring the bring vinegar, salt and sugar to a boil in a small pot. Remove from the heat; whisk in the turmeric and coriander seed. Add the sliced cucumbers. Cool in the fridge in an airtight container.

    2. MIX the yogurt with the garlic, cumin and mint in a small bowl. Set aside.

    3. GRILL the watermelon on the hottest part of the grill, 1 minute on each side. When cool enough to touch, dice into cubes.

    4. TOSS the watermelon with the arugula and feta in a small bowl. Set aside.

    5. SPREAD the herbed yogurt on the inside of the pita. Arrange the burger, cucumbers, beets, arugula, watermelon and feta inside of the pita shell.
     
     
    RECIPE #3: ROMESCO BURGER

    Perhaps the best known sauce of Spain, Romesco is a pungent, smooth, rich red sauce made from red peppers, tomatoes, ground almonds or other nuts, olive oil, garlic, and cayenne pepper. It originated in Tarragona, a port city on the Mediterranean Sea in the province of Catalonia in northeast Spain. Here’s more about romesco.

    Prep time is 30 minutes, cook time is 5 minutes.
     
    Ingredients Per Burger

  • 1 roasted red pepper
  • 1 small roma tomato, charred on the grill
  • 1 slice red onion, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons almonds
  • 1 pinch each salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 small head romaine lettuce
  • 1 MorningStar Farms Spicy Black Bean Burger
  • 1 large soft corn tortilla
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    Romesco Burger - Morningstar Vegetarian
    [4] The Romesco Burger is garnished with the famed spanich tomato-almond-onion sauce.

    Tandoor Burger Morningstar Vegetarian
    [5] Taste India with the Tandoori Burger.

    Morningstar Farms Spicy Black Bean Burgers

    [6] The Spicy Black Bean Burger is MorningStar Farm’s best-selling burger.

     
    Preparation

    1. MAKE the romesco sauce. Purée the red pepper, tomato, red onion, vinegar, almonds, salt and pepper in a blender or food processor, until finely ground. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil with the blender running. Add more oil if necessary.

    2. SPRINKLE the salt and pepper and drizzle the olive oil over the romaine. Grill to warm the lettuce for 1 to 2 minutes, cut side down. Chop into 1/4 inch pieces. Set aside.

    3. GRILL the burger to warm, slice into strips and set aside.

    4. SPREAD the romesco sauce liberally over one side of the tortilla and place on grill. Lay the burger strips on top; then add the cilantro and romaine.

    5. FOLD the tortilla like a book to close, and flip to the other side. Grill for 1 minute longer and serve.
     
     
    RECIPE #4: TANDOOR BURGER

    Prep time is 25 minutes, cook time is 5 minutes.

    Ingredients Per Burger

  • 1 tablespoon yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon tandoori spice†
  • 2 tablespoons, olive oil
  • 2 small slices, eggplant
  • 1 pinch each salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoons cottage cheese
  • 1 small handful fresh spinach, chopped finely
  • 2 slices white onion, chopped finely
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 3 sprigs cilantro
  • 1 MorningStar Farms Grillers Original Burger
  • 2 slices garlic naan bread, grilled
  • ________________

    †For 1 tablespoon, whisk together 1/2 teaspoon of each: cayenne pepper, ground coriander, ground cumin, ground ginger, paprika, turmeric, salt.

     
    Preparation

    1. MIX the yogurt and tandoori spice in a small bowl. Set aside.

    2. DRIZZLE the olive oil over the eggplant slices and season with salt and pepper. Grill for one minute on both sides.

    3. STRAIN the liquid from cottage cheese. Mix the cheese, spinach, onion, garlic and garam masala. Heat one tablespoon of olive oil in a frying pan over medium to low heat with and cook 15 minutes. If the mixture starts to dry, add a few drops of water to prevent burning. Set aside to cool.

    4. GRILL the burger to warm it. At the same time, grill the bread. Place the burger on the bottom of the naan bread. Top with the eggplant, spinach mixture, cilantro, and yogurt. Add the top slice of naan and serve.

      




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