Being a previous vegetarian, I have a love affair with garden burgers. Finding a recipe that keeps protein in mind is an added bonus. While these mushroom hemp burgers seemed alien and odd, the simple ingredients combined make a burger that is out of this world!
Hemp seeds come from a plant that is similar to the marijuana plant, but it has lower levels of psychoactive cannabinoid compounds. Hemp seed extract has an unidentified compound in it that may help to promote learning, memory and immune function. It may stimulate the brain enzyme known as calcineurin, according to the University of Michigan. Calcineurin plays an essential role in some brain synapse activities. Hemp seeds are rich in essential fatty acids. The oil in the seeds is a source of the omega-3 fatty acid. Omega-3 fatty acids reduce inflammation in your body. They also may lower risk for cancer, heart disease and arthritis. Hemp seeds can help you if you are constipated because they act as a bulk-forming laxative.
Here are some tips to keep in mind:
- I used portabello mushrooms. It was a taste preference and you can use any type
- Use dried dill. Since it is such a strong spice, dried dill will last longer in your cupboards in ratio to how much you may actually use.
- I used breadcrumbs in place of hemp powder mainly because I failed to find hemp powder. Either option works as a binder for the patties.
- Although I did not use the wine, it would be a great option for adding more flavors to your patties. Mushrooms work well in absorbing liquid flavors.
- I nixed the oil. I used Pam instead; not only is it less fat and calories, but you do not need all that grease.
- Be sure to chop the mushrooms into extremely small, fine pieces. It will be easier to combine those pieces into patties.
- If your patties are too moist, add more breadcrumbs to the mix.
- Be careful adding the scrambled egg to the hot mushrooms. You do not want the egg to begin cooking and literally scramble.
- I halved the recipe and made about nine total patties. Keep in mind that the patties are small, so most individuals will eat two or three.
I admit that I was surprised at the development of flavor produced. I enjoy the natural crunch of the hemp seeds; I enjoy deep flavors that develop; I enjoy the protein rich feature these burgers achieve. You can replace any carnivore’s beef burger with these mushroom hemp patties and they will be pleased.
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