13 Sep 2013

MUSHROOM ONION YAM BURGERS: KEEPIN' IT REAL YO


I don't feel like I am missing anything when I eat a good veggie burger; all I want is something dense, flavourful, and hearty to bite into and it's really easy to get that with fresh ingredients. Plus you're getting multiple servings of vegetables in for the day, as well as - with this recipe - some super foods like chia and hemp seeds. But to be honest, I think any edible raw plant can be seen as a super food. I don't miss one thing about meat burgers. A round of rotting, ground-up flesh that was once a sentient being who had a mom? Sorry I'm not drooling... I'll stick to eating veggies.


There is ALWAYS a new study excitedly telling us Westerners that a previously unheard-of herb recently found in the jungle has an antioxidant level off the charts and has a specific nutrient that fights cancer so we should all be sure to include this specific plant in our diets from now on. I feel like no one is getting the broader picture: we should just eat more plants, they are powerful medicine. Like the brilliant Michael Pollen wisely advises in his best-selling book In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto: "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." Bam. Also get in some sunshine, lots of clean water, plenty of z's, a few laughs and a good workout - that is health! There is nothing complicated about it, nor should there be. The simplest solution has the highest chance of being the right one.


Okay getting completely side-tracked but my mom just came in here and handed me a bag full of raw macadamias! Oh. My. Nuts. I am so excited. It's not a huge bag but it cost like $25, so I will savour every macadamia as if it were gold; actually gold probably tastes gross and macadamia nuts are more valuable in any case so scratch that - I will savour every one for the delicious, creamy, crunchy, wholesome treat it is.


Aaaaaanyways - back to burgers. These babies are keeping things juicy and satisfying with only the freshest ingredients and mind-blowing flavours. If you like yams, mushrooms, onions and tastiness then you will love these. I know a lot of you like to keep fat to a minimum (I'm with ya) so these are very low-fat. You're welcome. Hehe.

Of course... we all need fat in our diet so when you ARE looking to get your daily intake, go no further than this chocolate buttercream tart (or any dessert recipe on my blog). Hurray for omega-3's and all the other vital nutrients nuts, avocados, and coconut oil give us! Life is goooood and this song makes it better. So do raw vegan burgers. Let's dance and live long.


yam mushroom onion burgers: makes about 12

Burgers:
1 peeled yam
3-4 chopped white mushrooms
1 peeled, chopped onion 
Salt, pepper and coriander, to taste (and whatever other spices you like)
2 tablespoon chia seeds
2 tablespoons hemp seeds
1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes
1/4 cup raisins 

Toppings:
Sliced onions, tomatoes, avocado, nut cheese, lettuce, cilantro, ketchup, hummus (all optional) 

Buns:
Swiss chard leaves or chickpea bread

To make the burgers: pulse all the ingredients in your food processor until it becomes an orange-y mush. Not the most pleasant-looking but it should taste yummy. Form the mixture into patties (mine were about 1/4 cup) and dehydrate for 5-7 hours, or until they are dark and hold their shape. I put mine in the oven at 200 degrees because I'm not too picky about specific temperatures. 

Top off with your condiments and wrap up in green lettuce goodness! Chomp chomp chomp. I eat like a dinosaur. Or a cow. 

40 comments:

olive bear said...

These look amazing! I made raw mushroom patties not too long ago with raw tomato sauce on lettuce. Ive been meaning to make them again soon but I'm definitely going to try this alternative! In australia we call them sweet potatoes....so amazing.... *drool* by the way really loving your blog.

Alexa Peden said...

PREACH

lisa Gee said...

I was drooling by the time I scrolled down to the recipe:)
thanks..looking forward to making these.

julie@thesimpleveganista said...

These look divine, ingredients are top notch as ususal! That's how I like my burgers...leafy greens as my bread...I mean really I do! And it also means I can have two or three instead of one...hehe. I will have to give these a try! :)

Belinda said...

Emily, I love you and your recipes and your writing. Enough said :)

vanessa said...

THANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOU!!!!! Finally, a grain- and bean-free veggie burger! I don't do well with either of those foods so these burgers are a treat :) Also, I agree with you 110% on what you said about the latest and greatest "superfood" fads: ALL plant foods are high in nutrients, and we should just eat more of them, plain and simple! Working in the supplement industry, I see these fads come and go faster than you can say "garcinia cambogia" (thanks for that one Dr. Oz! Ugh), and you can only get so much from an isolated nutrient. Just eat real food, people!

Emily von Euw said...

Bahaha you are my favourite human!! :D

Emily von Euw said...

Apparently sweet potatoes and yams are two different things (now information to me) buuut I cannot tell them apart so I just call them what I feel like like ><

olives and peaches said...

Oh no way! Well don't I feel like a goose. In any case, I've never seen something called a yam in my health food store so I'll have to substitute for the sweet potato!

Anonymous said...

NOW IS THIS TRULY RAWSOMELY DELICOUS??? I MEAN YOU WOULDN'T TRY TO FOOL US RIGHT??? SWEET POTATOES (OR YAMS WHATEVER THEY ARE CALLED) WITH RAISINS AND MUSHROOMS.... YOU JUST NEED SOME SPICE ;) RAS EL HANOUT MAYBE, YUMMY OR MAYBE I SHOULD SAY YAMMY!!!!

Anonymous said...

REAL FOOD?? WHATS THAT?? YOU MEAN THE SAMONELLA INFESTED CARCASSES THEY CALLED MCNU**ETS AND WHO**ERS ARENT REAL !!!!!!!!!!!!!! OH WHAT IS THE WORLD COMING TO NOW I WILL HAVE TO EAT VEGGIES AND FRUIT AND I MIGHT ACTUALLY HAVE TO GET HEALTHY!!!!!!!!!!! OH NNNNNNNNNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AND YOU MEAN DR OZ HAS BEEN LYING TO US !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Emily von Euw said...

omg who are you what does that mean

Emily von Euw said...

hahaha i am so confused... are you making fun of me?

Anonymous said...

HI EMILY
NO I AM NOT MAKING FUN OF YOU I AM ALSO THE NUTCASE FROM THE ABOVE COMMENT ABOUT SALMONELLA INFESTED MEAT. I WAS JUST BEING SILLY MAYBE IT WAS ALL THOSE "SPECIAL" BROWNIES.
BUT I ALL SERIOUSNESS I HAVE BEEN READING YOUR BLOG FOR A FEW MONTHS NOW AND IT IS THE ONLY ONE THAT I CAN COUNT ON TO CONTINOUSLY COOUNT ON FOR GREAT TASTING RECIPES AND ALSO I DO NOT HAVE TO WAIT A WEEK OR MONTH BETWEEN THE RECIPES. YOUR BLOG IS GREAT AND YOU SEEM LIKE A GREAT PERSON AS WELL.
SO I DID NOT MEAN TO FREAK YOU OUT AND IF YOU LIKE I WILL LEAVE COMMENTS EVERY ONCE IN A WHILE MAYBE SERIOUS MAYBE NUTTY WHO KNOWS???
MUCH LOVE A WACKY READER

Anonymous said...

WOW I REALLY NEED TO SPELLCHECK BEFORE I PUBLISH MY COMMENT

Emily von Euw said...

HAHAHA OH MY GOD YOURE HILARIOUS CAN WE GET MARRIED I DONT CARE WHAT GENDER YOU ARE

Emily von Euw said...

PLEASE COMMENT EVERY DAY OR ELSE I WILL CRY

Abbie said...

These look so delicious! Pinned. :)

andthisisthirty.com said...

Looks so amazing! I've had trouble making these, but I think I could do this!

Katie Smith said...

These look amazing. I have never tried putting a raw yam (or sweet potato for that matter) in the food processor. Do you cut it up into small pieces first?

Emma said...

Wonderful photography Emily, and it looks like such a tasty recipe too! While I can see what you're trying to say about preferring these over a meat burger and totally agree, I wonder if putting it in a negative way like that is useful, or whether it just grosses vegans out and makes people who choose to eat meat put their defenses up. In any case, thanks for such a wonderful recipe, must try it soon :)!

Emily von Euw said...

True that! I totally understand and I hope you have noticed that I basically never put anything negative on my blog because of that - I'm not judging anyone or trying to be hateful. I really just think meat burgers are gross haha. Sometimes I gotta let it out. Also, people may have never thought of them in that way before.

Emma said...

I definitely have noticed how positive you generally are, and really appreciate it! I also think the delicious food you make is a super-effective way of convincing people how awesome living a cruelty-free life can be, which is what we're all aiming for :)

Anonymous said...

My recent eats have been your delicious recipes. One day breakfast was your cinnamon rolls. I've had your chocolate cream caramel bars for snacks, then dinner tonight was these burgers...mmm...thank you :)

Katie Smith said...

So the yam isn't steamed or anything? Just cut it up and put it in the food processor?

Emily von Euw said...

Yep :)

Katie Smith said...

Thanks!! I'm going to try it this weekend!

Silvana Rueda said...

Heya! I'm gearing up to try these and am super excited! You mention in the recipe that they should be dehydrated for 5-7 hours ... but since I don't have a dehydrator, I'll stick to the oven. For how long did you leave yours in the oven?

Emily von Euw said...

Hi! Same amount of time because I set my oven at "keep warm" so it's about the same temperature as a dehydrator. If your oven can't stay that low, do them until they have darkened and hold together.

Silvana Rueda said...

Great! I'm making them as we speak. SO excited to have some yummy raw burgers :)

Anonymous said...

Can these be eaten without dehydrating? What's the benefit or reason for dehydating?

Emily von Euw said...

They can, although they'll be more of a mush than a pattie - same taste though! Dehydrating just allows them to hold together.

Sarah said...

Ooh actually Olive is right (well, you both are really) :) What American's call "yams", the Brits and Australians called "sweet potatoes". The reason Americans call them yams actually dates back to the Colonial times...a bit of mistaken identity that permeated into USDA labelling and common language. Yams (in the British and non-US sense of the word) are actually large African root vegetables more similar to a regular potato but much bigger and harder. You can sometimes find them in specialty food shops. Here's a Huff Post article about the mixup: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/19/difference-between-sweet-potatoes-and-yams_n_1097840.html

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

Made these Monday used leftover cheese from mushroom burger hubby says cheese tasted good the first day but even better third day.this will also go in my pile

Jacob Carstens said...

Im curious - do you use RAW or pre-cooked yams ? I would guess from the lack of other liquids in the recipe that its pre-cooked - cause I have tried making them with RAW yams and had to add eggs to make it bind.

Jacob Carstens said...

PS Im not vegan...

Emily von Euw said...

@Jacob - no, they're raw! Next time feel free to add whatever other liquid you need - ground flax seeds mixed with water would work! Or just some oil or plain water.

lauren said...

I made these the other day and they were AMAZING! I love how easy and nutritious your recipes are. Your blog is incredible. Thanks so much for sharing your ideas here <3