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Make this seitan burger for a delicious vegetarian BBQ option, or try out more burger recipes such as our homemade veggie burgers and vegan black bean burger.

From more meat-free options, check out our veggie burger, falafel burger and more vegetarian burger recipes.

Ingredients

KIMCHI MAYO

  • 5 tbsp vegan mayonnaise, see recipe in the link above
  • 3 tbsp vegan kimchi
  • 1 spring onion, finely chopped

BURGERS

  • 50g dried shiitake mushrooms, rehydrated in boiling water for 30 minutes, then drained really well (reserve the water)
  • 1 small red onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 large clove garlic
  • 2 tsp dark soy sauce
  • 1 tsp Marmite
  • 2 tsp brown rice miso paste
  • 50g cooked beetroot
  • 7 tbsp shiitake soaking water (see above)
  • 50g vital wheat gluten, see notes below
  • 50g gram flour
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika
  • ¼ tsp ground cumin
  • ½ tsp dried tarragon
  • 1 tsp sea salt

TO SERVE

  • 5 vegan burger buns, halved and toasted
  • 5 lettuce leaves
  • 5 tomato slices
  • 5 vegan cheese slices

Method

  • STEP 1

    Put the mayo and kimchi in a food processor and blitz until smooth. Stir in the chopped spring onion.

  • STEP 2

    To make the burgers, put the mushrooms, onion, garlic, soy, Marmite, miso, beetroot and shiitake soaking water into a food processor and pulse until the consistency of a very chunky tapenade.

  • STEP 3

    In a large bowl, measure out the remaining burger ingredients. Add the mushroom mixture to the dry ingredients and combine together until it forms a very loose dough. Knead and turn in the bowl for 5 minutes. The dough should remain pretty wet.

  • STEP 4

    Half fill a medium pan with just-boiled water and put a bamboo steamer on top. Alternatively, use an electric steamer. Divide the dough into 5 equal balls and then flatten them into patties. Doing your best to keep their disc shapes, wrap each patty in a layer of baking paper and then a layer of foil. Put in the steamer and cook for 1 hour.

  • STEP 5

    Once steamed, rub with a little oil and put on a BBQ over white-hot coals or in a hot griddle pan. Flip after a few minutes, then serve in a toasted bun with a good dollop of kimchi mayo, the lettuce, tomato and a slice of vegan cheese.

Vital wheat gluten (used to make seitan) is wheat flour that is very high in gluten and low in starch. When combined with water it becomes a firm mix with a ‘meaty’ bounce. It’s available from amazon.co.uk and health-food shops.

Listen to Richard speak about vegan cooking on our podcast here:

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