Vegan Mozzarella-Stuffed Cannellini Burgers with Spinach Pesto

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Over the years I have made a lot of vegan burgers. Ho Fagiolo-Noce Burgers, Black-Eyed Pea Burgers, Buffalo Burgers Lenticchia, Hamburger di ceci, Hoisin Black Bean Burgers, Moussaka Burgers, Hamburger di melanzane, Trudy “Beefy” Burgers, QBC (Quinoa, Broccoli and Chickpea) Burgers, Arrosto Barbabietola Burgers, e Green Chile Queso Beast Burgers.

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I’ve written articles ecco and on One Green Planet about how to make flavorful vegan burgers that don’t fall apart.

Then I realized I had never made a vegan burger with cannellini beans so that’s what I set out to do. Cannellini beans are great because they are mild in flavor which lets you decide on the flavor profile you want to make with seasonings. I chose to make Italian-style burgers.

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I wanted the burgers to be relatively healthy so I added veggies to the mix as well as oats. Chickpea flour is my go-to flour for binding and it keeps the burgers gluten-free. I chose Italian seasonings such as garlic, oregano and lots of fresh parsley. Since cannellini beans are so mild, I added chile powder and paprika for heat.

Instead of covering the burgers with cheese, I chose to stuff them with vegan mozzarella instead. That way you can still see how pretty the burgers are and you get hot, melty cheesy goodness in every bite.

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Ho usato Daiya Mozzarella Shreds which is my go-to vegan cheese shreds.

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I remember when I first became vegan and the choices of vegan cheeses weren’t that great. That’s sure changed, hasn’t it? Daiya was one of the first vegan cheeses to change the game and give us hope that vegan cheese could be delicious and melt. I make sure there is always some Daiya cheese in my freezer because it’s the vegan cheese in most of my cheesy recipes.

Rather than top these burgers with ketchup which would be a crime, I continued the Italian theme and made a rich spinach pesto. I didn’t have any nuts and I didn’t miss them. The pesto was bright, verdant and delicious – the perfect topping for my burgers.

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We put our burgers on buns and had them with some perfect oven-baked fries (have I given you that recipe yet?) for an amazing dinner. The burgers were crunchy on the outside, melty, ooey-gooey on the inside from the cheese and you could see and taste the fresh parsley and Italian spices. The pesto was an added burst of flavor that was so much better than ordinary condiments.

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So now I have a cannellini burger in my arsenal. What kind of burger should be next? Godere!

Vegan Mozzarella-Stuffed Cannellini Burgers with Spinach Pesto

GF

Rende 8 hamburger

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For the pesto:---------------

4 cups of fresh spinach

3 spicchi d'aglio

2 Tbs. vegan parmigiano grattugiato

2 cucchiaino. succo di limone fresco

3 Tbs. olio extra vergine di oliva

Sale Kosher e pepe qb

For the burgers­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­:

2 Tbs. semi di lino a terra + 1/3 tazza di acqua calda

2 15-oz. cans cannellini beans, drenato

¾ cup gluten-free oats

2 carote piccole, chopped

½ cipolla rossa, chopped

1 tazza Daiya Vegan Mozzarella Shreds

2 spicchi d'aglio

½ tazza di prezzemolo fresco, chopped

2 cucchiaino. paprika

2 cucchiaino. origano secco

2 cucchiaino. polvere chile

1 cucchiaino. sale kosher

1 cucchiaino. pepe nero

½ tazza di farina di ceci + more for coating

Olio vegetale per friggere

Gluten-free rolls or buns

Spinaci

Per fare il pesto: Place the spinach, aglio, grated parmesan and lemon juice in a food processor. Process while streaming the olive oil in until smooth. Season with salt and pepper and set aside.

To make the burgers: In una tazza, combine the flax seed and warm water and mix. Lasciare riposare per 10 minutes until you have a flax gel.

In un robot da cucina, combine one can of beans, the oats, flax gel, carote, cipolla, mozzarella and garlic and process until combined but chunky. Add the herbs and spices and pulse a few times to mix them in.

Transfer the mixture to a large bowl and add the second can of beans. Mash them with a fork and stir them into the burger mixture so it has different textures. Add flour until the mixture is not too wet or too dry and feels like it will hold together. Test for any seasoning adjustments. Let the burger mixture rest for 10 minuti.

Form burger patties and let them rest for 5 minuti. Pour out some flour on a plate and heat oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Coat the patties lightly with flour, shake off any excess and place them carefully in the pan. Do not overcrowd the pan; cook the burgers in batches.

Cook until golden on one side, circa 4 minuti, and carefully flip the burgers with an offset spatula or 2 forcelle. Cook until the second side is golden brown.

Place fresh spinach on buns and top with burgers. Spoon some pesto on each burger before placing on the burger tops.

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Vegan Mozzarella-Stuffed Cannellini Burgers with Spinach Pesto
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Tipo di ricetta: Burgers
Cucina: Italiano
 
Ingredienti
  • For the pesto
  • 4 cups of fresh spinach
  • 3 spicchi d'aglio
  • 2 Tbs. vegan parmigiano grattugiato
  • 2 cucchiaino. succo di limone fresco
  • 3 Tbs. olio extra vergine di oliva
  • Sale Kosher e pepe qb
  • For the burgers
  • 2 Tbs. semi di lino a terra + ⅓ tazza di acqua calda
  • 2 15-oz. cans cannellini beans, drenato
  • ¾ cup gluten-free oats
  • 2 carote piccole, chopped
  • ½ cipolla rossa, chopped
  • 1 tazza vegan brandelli di mozzarella
  • 2 spicchi d'aglio
  • ½ tazza di prezzemolo fresco, chopped
  • 2 cucchiaino. paprika
  • 2 cucchiaino. origano secco
  • 2 cucchiaino. polvere chile
  • 1 cucchiaino. sale kosher
  • 1 cucchiaino. pepe nero
  • ½ tazza di farina di ceci + more for coating
  • Olio vegetale per friggere
  • Gluten-free rolls or buns
  • Spinaci
Istruzione
  1. Per fare il pesto:
  2. Place the spinach, aglio, grated parmesan and lemon juice in a food processor. Process while streaming the olive oil in until smooth. Season with salt and pepper and set aside.
  3. To make the burgers:
  4. In una tazza, combine the flax seed and warm water and mix. Lasciare riposare per 10 minutes until you have a flax gel.
  5. In un robot da cucina, combine one can of beans, the oats, flax gel, carote, cipolla, mozzarella and garlic and process until combined but chunky.
  6. Add the herbs and spices and pulse a few times to mix them in.
  7. Transfer the mixture to a large bowl and add the second can of beans.
  8. Mash them with a fork and stir them into the burger mixture so it has different textures.
  9. Add flour until the mixture is not too wet or too dry and feels like it will hold together.
  10. Test for any seasoning adjustments. Let the burger mixture rest for 10 minuti.
  11. Form burger patties and let them rest for 5 minuti.
  12. Pour out some flour on a plate and heat oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Coat the patties lightly with flour, shake off any excess and place them carefully in the pan.
  13. Do not overcrowd the pan; cook the burgers in batches.
  14. Cook until golden on one side, circa 4 minuti, and carefully flip the burgers with an offset spatula or 2 forcelle. Cook until the second side is golden brown.
  15. Place fresh spinach on buns and top with burgers.
  16. Spoon some pesto on each burger before placing on the burger tops.

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2 Le risposte alla Vegan Mozzarella-Stuffed Cannellini Burgers with Spinach Pesto

  1. Marino Aprile 20, 2015 a 9:24 pm #

    EXCELLENT recipe, grazie! I made these using Italian parsley and Daiya Mozzarella shreds, and substituted white onion for the red. I’m curious as to how many burgers you figure this recipe makes? Ho ottenuto 9 hamburger, each weighing 4.2 ounces. In attesa di provare più delle vostre ricette.

    • Rhea Aprile 26, 2015 a 8:48 pm #

      Thanks Marina! Sono così felice che tu li è piaciuto. I think I got 6 oppure 7 hamburger. I tend to make them big. xoxo


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