Veg*ns these days have it easy. Case in point: I’ve actually heard complaints that the “only” vegan item on the menu is a veggie burger. Why, in my day, we walked uphill both ways to a restaurant only to be told that our choices were iceberg lettuce salad and a dry baked potato. Going out to a place that served frozen Gardenburger patties was a special treat.
Now, most restaurants that serve veggie burgers make their patties in house. I’ve found everything from bean patties, to grain patties, to tempeh patties — often with interesting topping choices like flavored aiolis or roasted veggies. While it’s true that veggie burgers have become the standard veg*n item at restaurants, even an okay veggie burger is satisfying and beats the heck out of a “steamed vegetable plate.” And I submit that a good veggie burger perfectly fits today’s best sandwich ever MoFo theme.
The burger above is the Bistro Beet Burger from Isa Does It, which I made for the first time today in honor of MoFo. It’s a lentil, brown rice and beet patty that’s lightly seasoned and pan-fried. Although the texture of the burger was spot-on, I found these patties to be a little bland topped just with ketchup, mustard and pickles. But with the right toppings, these burgers could be a thing of beauty. I’m thinking sauteed mushrooms and pesto mayo, or perhaps avocado and veggie bacon, or maybe onion rings, ranch dressing and buffalo sauce. The possibilities are endless.