I use to love having Licks burgers, but after being diagnose with celiac disease years ago I had to give them up…grrr. For years I tried making many different veggie burgers. I made burgers with chickpeas, tofu, veggies, lentils, nuts, quinoa, portabella mushrooms you name, it I tried it. I just could not find anything I really liked until I came up with this one. I wanted a burger that reminded me of the taste of beef….yes I said it beef! I became a vegan because of the cruelty involved in producing meat not because I didn't enjoy the taste of it. So I make no apologies for wanting such a burger. Keep in mind, it's been 39 years since I 've tasted meat so I might not be the best judge on if these burgers do actually taste like beef…lol.
What I love about these burgers besides the taste is that they hold together! They are so easy to make and don’t require expensive ingredients. These do have a medium kick to them because of the chipotle. You can always reduce the heat level by reducing the chipotle in half.
I have only cooked them by pan frying so I don’t know yet how they will turn out on an outdoor grill but I’m looking forward to trying it. I will try grilling them first with oil brushed on them and then adding a little marinade after I cook them. I think if I just put on the marinade alone the burgers will probably stick to the grill. I hope you love them as much as I do!
1 Tbsp oil
* Can blend a whole can of chipotles in adobe sauce then pour a tablespoon of the sauce in each ice cube tray. Freeze them, then pop them out and put into a plastic container and store in the freezer.
You can use 1/2 Tbsp or 1 Tbsp ground chipotle and adobo sauce instead of the whole chipotle used in the recipe.