Going to a hamburger fry isn't always easy when you're a vegetarian, but if you prepare these patties ahead of time to bring along for the grill man to cook up for you, you won't be disappointed. And having freshly ground whole wheat sesame seed buns doesn't hurt a bit either.
Sesame seeds are so good for you, and I keep them around my house in bulk...
...and put them in or on nearly everything...
We ended up making 32 buns, transporting them to the hamburger fry in a turkey roaster...
While these were rising and baking, my 15-year-old daughter googled and threw together the veggie burgers...
...and there were absolutely no feelings of deprivation about not eating meat. Aren't these gorgeous?
Hope you enjoy these burgers as much as we did!
The Sesame Seed Buns
2 1/2 cups warm water
6 tablespoons honey
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 cup oil
6 cups whole wheat flour
6 tablespoons vital wheat gluten
5 teaspoons yeast
Step 1: Preheat oven to 400 degrees f. then mix the water, yeast and honey in the mixing bowl of a mixer with a dough hook. Let it sit for about ten minutes, or until the mixture is foaming, like beer.
Step 2: Add the remaining ingredients and let the machine knead the dough for ten minutes. If the dough is too firm, add a little water during the mixing process. If it's too soft, add a little flour.
Step 3: Divide dough into 16 pieces. Shape into balls, then flatten on a greased cookie sheet.
Step 4: Let rise in a warm place for at least 20 minutes or longer if possible, until doubled in bulk.
Step 5: While the dough is rising, beat the eggs in a bowl to prepare for brushing onto the raised buns.
Step 6: Once the dough has risen, brush with the egg mixture, sprinkle on the sesame seeds, and bake at 400 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes or until the buns are light brown.
The Veggie Burgers
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 small onion, grated
2 cloves crushed garlic
2 carrots, shredded
2 small zucchinis, shredded
1 1/2 cups rolled oats
1/4 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
1 egg, beaten
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 1/2 tablespoon vital wheat gluten (optional, but will help the patty hold together a little better)
Step 1. Heat the olive oil in a skillet over low heat, and cook the onion and garlic for about 5 minutes, until tender. Mix in the carrots and zucchini. Continue to cook and stir for 2 minutes. Remove pan from heat, and mix in oats, cheese, and egg. Stir in salt, transfer the mixture to a bowl, and refrigerate 1 hour.
Step 2. Preheat the grill for high heat.
Step 3. Mix flour and gluten, and place the mixture on a large plate. Form the vegetable mixture into eight 3 inch round patties. Drop each patty into the flour, lightly coating both sides.
Step 4. Oil the grill grate, and grill patties 5 minutes on each side, or until heated through and nicely browned.