Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Mushroom Pecan Burgers, Fireworks and Blueberry Coffee cake

Mushroom Pecan Burgers(focaccia bread), cole slaw, grilled sweet potato, yukon and corn. My husband set up the plate for the photo. hee hee. This burger recipe is sooooo tasty it's hard to stop eating the patties. You can use the extra patties in a wrap or pita, or crumbled on top of a salad. I'm not much of a mayo user but on this I make a basil, garlic mayo spread. The burgers are a bit delicate so be gentle when flipping them over. Here is the recipe by Compassionate Cooks and I don't change a thing in the recipe.

Mushroom Pecan Burgers

recipe by Compassionate Cooks/Colleen Patrick Goudreau

1-½ pounds cremini mushrooms
½ cup fresh parsley
2 large yellow onions, finely chopped
3 large garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 tablespoons tahini
2 tablespoons Hoisin sauce
¾ cup toasted pecans or walnuts, chopped or lightly crushed
3 tablespoons tamari or soy sauce
1 teaspoon dried oregano
½ teaspoon dried sage
¼ teaspoon sea salt
ground pepper to taste
1-½ to 2 cups breadcrumbs
1. In a food processor, mince the mushrooms with the parsley. Remove and set aside
2. In a saucepan over medium heat, sauté the garlic and onions with a pinch of sea salt and black pepper in olive oil for about 5-6 minutes.
3. Combine all the ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
4. Place mixture in the refrigerator for at least half an hour to help it bind. The mixture will be soft, but you will be able to form patties. Add additional breadcrumbs or tahini, if needed.
5. Using your hands, form the mixture into patties. In a skillet lightly coated with oil, fry patties over medium heat for 5-7 minutes on each side until lightly browned and crispy on each side. Be careful to keep patties intact. Enjoy!

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Getting ready for the firework show. See the yellow rope/tape in the photo, well right below that is a field and that's where the did the fireworks.

Look how close we are to the fireworks. So cool! It was our first 4th in our new town and next year we know to dress a bit warmer. It was chilly! burrr. Luckily we brought our sleeping bag and a blanket to keep us warm.

This cake was so moist! This is the Coffee Cake recipe taken from The Joy of Vegan Baking ,
first time making this recipe and it is a keeper. I dropped fresh blueberries on top of the batter and instead of using the usual topping of flour, earth balance, sugar and nuts, I mixed together sugar and sliced almonds, sprinkled that over the blueberries. Once it was baked and cooled, I drizzled a sugar glaze over it. My husband and mother-in-law said it reminded them of a bear claw, but obviously a lot less fattening.


  1. Those burgers sound great! Thanks for the link and recipe!
    I love that cookbook, but have yet to get over my fear of baking to try more than a couple of recipes :)

  2. the burgers and coffee cake look phenomenal! i tried to make the mushroom-pecan burgers from the everyday vegan a few weeks ago, but i was halving the recipe, but forgot to halve some of the ingredients, and ruined it! it was tragic. you've inspired me to try again though! haha

  3. Do try these, the flavor is amazing! The mixture is real moist so they are easy to make into patties. Like I mentioned when frying, just be careful when flipping because they will want to come apart a bit. I used a canola oil spray to coat a non-stick pan.

  4. Thanks! Yeah, Italy was amazing! We stayed at this family's sustainable farm B&B in tuscany, ahhhhh, def my fav part! The food in greece was better for me though...I finally got some protein in the form of beans, and didn't have to eat as much refined carbs (which I don't like that much) as I did in Italy! But yeah, being vegan there is so doable!

  5. forgot to say--i have a post on italy food right below the greece one!

  6. Those burgers look delicious and easy to make! Looks like you had a nice meal - grilled sweet potatoes and corn yum!

  7. Looks like one perfect plate you have there up top! I'll have to try that veggie burger recipe... I have yet to find one that I love as much as what I can buy at the store, but this sounds very promising.

  8. The burgers made with foccacia bread look fantastic. Maybe I will make those patties at the weekend. We are invitied to a barbeque. They sound very delicious and I love both pecans and mushrooms.

  9. Those burgers sound great - I'll have to try them. TJOVB is one of my very favourite baking books - that glaze looks so beautiful on that cake!

  10. Those burgers look fantastic, thanks for sharing the recipe!

  11. The one thing about these burgers is they would probably fall apart if you barbecued them so you really need to pan fry them. You could try a cast iron skillet on the bbq if you wanted too.

  12. How well do you think the burgers would fare being baked in the oven?