This Vegan Buffalo Burger is made from kidney beans, tempeh, dates, and more. Distinct smoky and sweet note that is mouth-watering.
This weekend, I had prepared two new stunning recipes but could not make up my mind which one to put here first. So I did something I hadn’t done before and let you guys decide on Facebook. Here is the Burger vs. Pizza Post – it was quite a close call but it’s burger time today. Thanks to all who helped out!
So this is my Vegan Buffalo Burger. That might seem a bit strange at first because it has “vegan” and “buffalo” in the name. I’ll say I was inspired by the fact that buffalo burgers supposedly have a sweet note to their taste. And somehow, when I hear the name, I associate something rustic with it. I can see open flame grills on a hot summer evening outdoors. This is what I wanted to capture.
The burger is made from a mix of mashed kidney beans and tempeh, and I added finely diced onion to it. For the sweet component, the special trick here is to give thin bits of Medjool dates to the mixture. A couple of tablespoons of BBQ sauce (you can use your favorite one, or take a look at my own recipe for it here) and a splash of tamari is all that is missing. Then you are good to go to make this Vegan Buffalo Burger.
I fried the patties in a pan for about 3-4 minutes on each side. It’s also possible to bake them in the oven – it will take about 25 minutes at 390°F (200°C). My burger was assembled with lettuce, tomato slices, roasted onion rings, and more BBQ sauce. The taste came out exactly as I wanted it: hearty with a slight sweet note. A taste explosion in my mouth. Excuse me now, I think I’ll make myself another one…
- 15 oz (400 g) can kidney beans
- 10 oz (300 g) Tempeh
- 1 small onion, diced
- 2 medjool dates, chopped and seeded
- 1-2 Tbs Tamari
- 1-2 Tbs BBQ Sauce
- salt, peper to taste
- onion rings
- bbq sauce
- In a bowl, mash the kidney beans until you have a coarse mass. Dice the tempeh and add to the bowl.
- Finely dice the small onion as well as the medjool dates. Transfer to the bowl.
- Add tamari, BBQ sauce, and season with salt and pepper.
- Use your hands to knead the batter until all is well mixed and it holds together well.
- Form patties and heat oil in a saucepan. Fry the patties on each side for 3-4 minutes.
- Spread some BBQ sauce on the bottom bun. Start with lettuce, then put a patty, tomato, and what else you like. Add more BBQ sauce. Ready to enjoy!