Darnell puts a unique spin on the classic veggie burger with his sweet & smoky “Pulled Pork” Burger!
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“Pulled Pork” Veggie Burger
RECIPE COURTESY OF DARNELL FERGUSON
Total: 1 hr
Active: 55 min
Yield: 4 patties
3 tablespoons olive oil, to coat pan, plus 6 more as needed
2 shallots, roughly chopped
1 overflowing cup cleaned and roughly chopped shiitake and portobello mushrooms
4 cloves garlic, smashed and roughly chopped
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1 cup white beans
1 cup panko
1/2 cup walnuts
2 teaspoons sriracha
1 teaspoon Worcestershire
1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 large egg
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 handfuls oyster mushrooms
3 tablespoons olive oil, plus a tablespoon more to sear
1/2 yellow onion, thinly sliced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tablespoon Cajun seasoning
1/2 tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon cayenne
1 teaspoon paprika
1/2 cup lemon-lime soda
1 cup ketchup
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons Worcestershire
1 teaspoon liquid smoke
4 slices yellow Cheddar
4 sesame seed brioche buns, toasted with a drizzle of oil
Special equipment: four 3 1/2-inch ring molds, or similar size to bun
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
For the patties: Put a sauté pan over medium-high heat and add the olive oil, shallots and shiitake and portobello mushrooms and sweat until the shallots are translucent, about 3 minutes. Add the garlic, maple syrup and balsamic vinegar and cook until the water has cooked out of the mushrooms and the pan is syrupy, about 5 minutes.
Rinse the starch off the beans and dry them on a paper-towel-lined sheet pan. Combine the cooked mushroom mixture, beans, panko, walnuts, sriracha, Worcestershire, smoked paprika and egg in a food processor. Season with salt and pepper and pulse to combine to a rough chop. Form into 4 patties. Spray four 3 1/2-inch ring molds and press the patties into them. Place in the fridge for 5 minutes.
For the “pulled pork”: Pull the oyster mushrooms apart by hand into large shreds. Add the oil to a pan and sauté the onions over medium heat for 2 minutes, then add the garlic and cook an additional minute. Then add the mushrooms, Cajun seasoning, chili powder, cayenne and paprika and cook until the mushrooms are softened, a few minutes. Deglaze with the lemon-lime soda and let reduce for a minute or two. Add the ketchup, brown sugar, vinegar, Worcestershire and liquid smoke and stir to combine.
Remove the patties from the fridge. Heat a medium oven-safe nonstick pan over medium heat with a little olive oil. Cook the patties in the ring molds until brown, a couple minutes per side. Then pop in the oven until heated through, about 5 minutes.
To serve: Remove the patties from the oven, remove the rings, top with sliced yellow Cheddar and cover with a lid until melted. Place them on the buns and top with the “pulled pork” and baby arugula.
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