Breakfast Burger testing anyone?
I love a good bean burger, lots of fresh spices, herbs and tasty beans, but I do enjoy a good "dirty burger" every now and then. The closest I have come to the right amount of filth, is the Linda McCartney vegetarian burgers, but unless you come across them on offer, to feed a family of 6 isn't a cheap option.
I have tried many times to replicate the LM burgers and have always come a cropper on texture more than taste. Never one to be beaten I was determined to nail it this time....the burger remains un-nailed, for now, but the closest I have been yet! The hardest bit to replicate is the binding agent. The factory produced burgers have Methyl Cellulose in - not sure our local Aldi stock that, so I have been playing around with easy, vegan alternatives.
My best yet is linseed. I first tried this in my pear sticky toffee pudding after reading about it being a binding agent in cakes, so thought I would give it a go.
Linseed is also known as flaxseed and is a great source of Omega 3, and is also a known laxative, so beware! I didn't know this, but because of their tough husk, to enable our bodies to get the most nutrition from them, they should be milled or even just roughly ground to release the goodness.
After some googling, it seems that 1 tablespoon of ground linseed, to 3 tablespoons of water is the equivalent to 1 egg....so that is where my next batch will be heading.
I may however leave it a couple of days before trying as I am a little burgered out, but I am confident that after my breakfast sampling today, the next experiment will be my winner winner burger dinner!