For some, the summer months wouldn’t be complete without burgers and a backyard barbecue. It can come with a smoky aura, corn on the corn and lots of patty flipping.
Jack Bishop of the PBS television show America’s Test KitchenOne of the hosts, A Martinez, teaches Morning Edition, How to cook a plant-based burger. America’s Test Kitchen Has recently released a book on cooking with plant-based meats.
Bishop says vegetarian dishes attract both vegetarians and carnivores alike.
“It doesn’t read like tempeh or tofu,” Bishop said. “It reads like a hamburger.”
How to nail a plant-based burger in your barbecue
Start with some plant-based meats. Impossible Foods or Beyond Meat are both good choices, for example. Start by forming meatless meat into patties with your hands. The bishop says each patty should be about 3.5 inches in diameter.
If you’re used to cooking with grilled beef, you’ll notice that this kind of product is a bit sticky. Bishop says patties can be easily formed by wetting your hands with a little water.
Set the patties aside on the plate and leave in the fridge for at least 15 minutes to confirm them.
This is a great opportunity to wash your hands and start making fixings. A slice of tomatoes and red onions; Grab a lettuce, ketchup, bun or cheese.
Bishop went with lettuce, tomatoes and cheese, but “you do,” he said.
After 15 minutes, grab the burgers from the fridge. The bishop says four teaspoons of teaspoons should be enough for one teaspoon of salt and a quarter of a teaspoon of salt. He says plant-based beef already has some salt.
The bishop says you can add as much or as little pepper as you like. It is also okay to spot measurements, he said.
After the patties are seasoned, place two teaspoons of vegetable oil in a nonstick skillet and heat the pan over medium-high heat.
“When the oil starts to move, we call the flashing, it’s almost ready,” says Bishop. “If you look at the smoke, the pan is nice and hot and we put the patties on.”
Before it starts to smoke, put the patties in the pan. Patties cook for three minutes, without disturbing. Bishop says some beginner cooks can change the food, but it is hard to brown.
After three minutes, rotate your patties. Add cheese on freshly flipped patties if you wish. Give it about two minutes. Then, it’s time to transfer the patties to the buns and fixings you prepared earlier.
And feel free to get creative with toppings and condiments. As Bishop says, “It’s a simple classic burger, but you can get fancy if you want.”