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Basic Bean Burgers

What you need: 

1 cup textured soy protein granules (this is a textured vegetable protein)
1 scan't cup boiling water
1 tablespoon tomato paste or ketchup
1 16-oz can pinto, kidney, or other beans, drained
1/4 cup whole wheat bread crumbs
2 cloves garlic, finely minced
1/2 teaspoon oregano
1 tablespoon tarmari or soy sauce
1 teaspoon sweetener
salt and pepper to taste
whole wheat flour for dusting

What you do: 

Victoria Schiloni, who owns and operates a vegetarian catering service in Philadelphia, offered this Basic Bean Burger along with a peanut-y variation.
Pour boiling water over textured soy protein and tomato paste in a bowl. Stir and let rest for 10 minutes. In food processor, combine textured soy protein mixture and remaining ingredients except for flour. Pulse until mixture is almost a puree. Dust hands with flour and shape mixture into 6 burgers. Dust them lightly in flour. Layer the burgers with sheets of waxed paper and refrigerate for at least one hour. Cook on a gill covered with foil for about 10 minutes on each side.

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So I made the peanut version of these to go in the 'peanut burger and satay sauce' recipe (

I found that the burgers had a weird aftertaste, and they really didn't hold together well.  I read the other reviews and made sure that I drained my beans and TVP really really well, but the mixture really didn't want to form burgers.  If I had thought I should have added extra breadcrumbs and that may have helped.

They also tasted like they were missing something.  I dunno what but they were quite bland, maybe some cumin or something would have helped.

Not sure I will bother with these again - I have other burger recipes that I know work well, so don't know if I can really be bothered.

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