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Old 03-22-2010, 05:18 PM   #1
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Hi all,

I was with a guy over the weekend who asked me if I had ever tried using my spent grains in a veggie burger recipe.

He said that he was at a party a couple of weeks ago and one of the guests brought a bunch of veggie burgers made out of spent grain and he said they were unbelievable, quite possibly the best veggie burger he has ever tried.

I think that I'll try to make some based on this recipe. I'll post back my results, but please offer up any advice if you've tried it. this recipe is for 4 patties:

Ingredients
4 tablespoons hickory barbecue sauce
1 tablespoon molasses

1 (15 ounce) can black beans, drained
2.5 cups spent beer grain
2 tablespoons onions, finely chopped
1 tablespoon finely chopped canned beets
1 teaspoon beet juice
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon pickled jalapeno pepper, chopped
1 egg white, add more if needed (to bind)
2 teaspoons olive oil
4 slices monterey jack cheese (optional)

Directions
1- Stir together barbecue sauce and molasses. Set aside.
2- In a large bowl, mash beans. Stir in 3 tablespoons of the barbecue mixture (reserving remaining for brushing) and remaining ingredients -- spent grains through egg white. Form into four 6 oz patties.
3- Heat olive oil in a cast iron or non-stick skillet over medium. Grill burgers for 2 minutes on one side. Turn and brush with remaining barbecue/molasses mixture. Top with Monterey Jack and grill for another 2 minutes or until cheese is melted.
4- Serve with lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, onions and mustard on a bun which has been grilled in butter.

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Old 03-22-2010, 05:42 PM   #2
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Sounds really good. I wonder how well they'd foodsaver and freeze. Give that a try, if you can.

I'm planning on having a regular brew daywith a bunch of friends. It would be really cool to drink the previous batch AND grill some burgers up from the grain. I hear it can be used in making bread as well, but I don't know how I'd preserve that until I was ready to bake it.

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Try some chunky peanut butter in there to bind it, works really well in veggie burgers.

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Oh yes, this is something I am interested in following. ooh yes....

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Guys, I got hammered while brewing on Monday and left all of my spent grains in a bag in the sun all day yesterday.
I think they are probably kind of ripe by now so I'll have to try this on my next brew day. I'll post back

the peanut butter sounds like a great idea, I'll add a couple of spoonfuls.

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the peanut butter sounds like a great idea, I'll add a couple of spoonfuls.
would you use the PB in place of, or in addition to, the eggs?
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Just thinking out loud here, any idea what the nutritional value of this would be? What's actually left in those spent grains? This seems like a great idea as long as I was eating something worthwhile and not 'empty'.

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Um, it's not exactly veggie if it's got eggs in it...

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Um, it's not exactly veggie if it's got eggs in it...
They absolutley are. They're not "vegan".
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They absolutley are. They're not "vegan".
That's true, an egg is an animal by-product like milk, because they are unfertilized and would never become an animal (chicken). Eggs are in the same category as milk. Animal by-products are consumed by vegetarians.

Animal by-products are NOT consumed by vegans.

I am a carnivor, as are my parents and their parents. I find the whole vegan vegi thing kind of interesting. Especially the part about fish not being "meat".

I do however enjoy veggie burgers so I'm gonna try this out. A couple posts above had a great question regarding nutritional value and I hope someone pipes in on that. My guess is that the grain has lost a lot of value, but will be good for texture and probably bonds the other stuff together well. I think all of the other ingredients make up for the nutrition.
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