Okay, so I pretty much blew my own mind with this one. I was brain storming the other day thinking about how my cheese always slides off of my burger. I thought about it and a spark happened in my noggin noodle. Put the cheese inside the patty. It will be delicious, surprising and it will keep my burger from sliding around. I then learned it’s already been done with beef patties.. so I wasn’t as smart as I thought I was. Still an awesome idea, though. It worked just like I had dreamed.
Okay, now there are a few (easy) things I had to do to prepare this beauty. I made my own sauce, and I made my own stuffed patties. I made the sauce 2 days before and let it mend in the refrigerator. I’d say you at least want to make the sauce the night before you plan on making the burgers.
For the sauce :
- 1/2 c vegenaise
- 2 TBSP low fat french dressing
- 4 TBSP dill relish
- 1 TBSP minced yellow or white onion
- 1 tsp white vinegar
- pinch of salt
For the burgers : Makes 2 Big Macs, 4 patties total
- 1 TBSP olive oil, and additional oil for frying
- 1 onion, finely chopped
- 15 oz. can of black beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 small carrot, shredded
- ½ cup cornmeal
- ½ cup breadcrumbs
- 1 TBSP chili powder
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- ¼ cup water
- 1/4 cup of chopped spinach or cilantro, I used a little of both and it was awesome
- 4 hamburger buns of your choice
- shredded lettuce
- red onion
To Make :
Simply mix all of your sauce ingredients in a bowl and chill overnight or at least for 2 hours to incorporate all of the flavors together.
Heat 1 TBSP olive oil in a pan and fry onion with your desired seasonings, I used a rosemary garlic blend, but do whatever you’d like here. Cook onion on medium heat until it’s soft.
Mix the onion with all of the other ingredients and mash with your hands until mixed well.
Shape into thin patties that fit your bun. I had regular sized buns, and I ended up with four stuffed patties, enough for 2 burgers.
Once you have a thin patty, place a square of cheese on top in the center. Place another patty on top of it and pinch and smoosh them together and round them off again. (I went around them with a rice paddle to get them rounded) You should end up with something that looks like this :
Now you are ready to fry! Fry them on medium heat in some oil for around 3-5 minutes on each side, or until darkened everywhere. You could also bake them I bet. I’d say 10 or 15 minutes on each side at around 350 would probably be alright.
Build your Big Fake Mac by placing some sauce on all of your buns. Place some lettuce on the bottom bun, put a patty on top. Place a tomato, and some onion on that. Place the middle bun on and place some more lettuce on it. Then add another patty. You could drizzle some more sauce on if you want before you place the top bun on and serve.
~ Enjoy your Big Fake Mac for at least a few hundred calories less I would say.