The flavors of Pad Thai packed into the ultimate bean and broccoli burger! Gluten-free, vegan, Pad Thai Broccoli Burgers are a perfect dinner recipe to satisfy even your carnivorous friends!
Who doesn’t love a veggie burger? And I’m talking BURGER. Not one of those sad, fall-apart messes and sad excuses for a meatless patty. None of that here. I want my veggie burgers veggie-packed, full of flavor and texture, hearty, but also “light”. I mean, how could you ever expect to convert a meat eater to eating and enjoying a veggie burger if it just does not live up to any type of standard? You won’t and then they’ll just become biased and assume all meatless patties are sad fails (which is far from the case)!
You won’t have to worry with these burgers. They will satisfy just about anyone. You know why? They are FLAVOR BOMBS! I don’ t think you could pack anymore explosive Thai flavor into these burgers. I’m talking the ultimate Pad Thai, but in an easy “portable” pattie package, if you will. Chickpeas, broccoli, lime, peanut flour, cilantro, lemongrass, and other spices. Pad Thai is all about the peanuts in my opinion and you get that here! By using peanut flour, you’re keeping these grain-free and lower in calories and fat as well so you get that “light” factor I was talking about.
When I think of Thai food, I think of ultra-fresh and light. Like a summer sunshine day! Maybe that’s just me? Apparently Thai food and East Asian cuisines are going to be a “2016 foodie trend”. I’m all for it! No complaints here! This trend mostly refers to “bowls” and noodles, but I’m thinking burgers will fit just fine as well! Burgers inspired by the iconic noodle dish, it just works!
Thailand is such a beautiful place, its cuisine deserves to be spread throughout the world. The land of coconut, rice noodles, and lemongrass? Heck yea! To bad I don’t see myself getting there anytime in the foreseeable future. I mean, I’ve never even left the East Coast, let alone have enough money to take a 20-something hour plane trip. When things like that happen, we just make the food of our destination, close our eyes, and pretend.
Maybe my next task should just be to find a Thai restaurant to eat at? Ha, I mean, I haven’t even made it that far! But that’s not really in my control. I don’t think there’s a Thai restaurant within a 50 mile radius of me (or an Asian market…I wish!). So this really is the best I can do with my isolated resources and opportunities…and money! If you ever happen to be taking a trip out to the Far East, let me know! I’m pretty small so I’m sure I could stow myself away in your suitcase! (After I wrote this post, my mom informed me she went to her first Thai restaurant last weekend…and ate duck!)
Pad Thai Broccoli Burgers
- Preheat the oven to 425°F.
- In a large food processor, combine all ingredients. Blend and pulse until you get a nice crumbly dough mixture.
- Take the mixture and form 4 large patties with your hands. Place the patties on a Silpat or parchment paper liked baking sheet.
- Bake the patties for 20 minutes, carefully flip them and bake for another 20 minutes. Remove and serve!
These burgers are fresh and delicious! Veggie burgers are something I always make sure I have pre-made and on hand in the freezer for those days I just want a quick easy dinner to pop in the microwave! Meaning, these freeze well and reheat in a snap. Anytime you want a taste of Thai, you can have it on demand, no plane tickets to exotic destinations required!
So tell me:
+ Do you like Thai food? Favorite dish?
+ Have you ever been to a Thai restaurant? I wish!
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