You Have to Try This Veggie Burger

I’ve never been passionate about veggie burgers the same way people are passionate about their meaty counterparts. I eat them. Occasionally I enjoy them. But generally, I find them bland. The flavor is often all left up to how much cheese, ketchup or other kinds of sauces you can put on it to obscure its dry, chalky, barely-there taste. Or otherwise people try to get too fauxrganic, with sprouts and other things that really have no place on a proper burger.

Last night, though, everything changed. I was introduced to the puy lentil burger at GBK (Gourmet Burger Kitchen) in Soho. It sounded interesting and had a clearly Indian flair, though the restaurant’s description only said, “Puy lentils, potato, green curry, spring onion, salad & relish.” What I got was a piping hot (Mom, you’d love it!), large green patty on a perfectly toasted sesame seed bun, which absolutely blew me away. First, I could actually taste the veggie patty, and it was delicious, didn’t fall apart and had an even consistency. The curry flavor wasn’t overpowering, but it was distinct and worked wonderfully with the tomatoey relish it was topped off with.

I burned my mouth a bit, since it was so hot, but I just didn’t want to wait for it to cool down. I’m inspired to learn how to make my own veggie patties now. I just don’t see how I can ever eat a Garden Burger again, and especially not a Boca Burger. And I’m actually a bit enraged about all the poor quality veggie burgers I’ve been served in U.S. restaurants in the past. I feel cheated.

I’m sure the other vegetarian options are fine — there are a few portobello burger options, which I tend to find a bit boring or overly greasy at other places, and there’s a falafel option as well — and I probably will try them eventually, but this veggie burger alone is worth going back for.

Evan had an organic wild boar burger and said my veggie burger was better. We also had some fries, which were also super hot. And we had a mayo chili dipping sauce, which was good, though I hear their mayo garlic sauce is even better. And the ketchup came in cute tomato-shaped squeeze bottles that were on all the tables. Now, I can’t wait to go back.

4 Responses to “You Have to Try This Veggie Burger”

  1. mom says:

    Burgers are my favorite. Can’t wait to try it.

  2. Evan says:

    mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm, we almost went back for lunch today. I would have gotten your burger if we had

  3. Truffle says:

    Came by here looking for a lentil burger recipe.

    I’ll share with you my burger recipe.

    Spices: 1tsp cumin, 1tsp coriander, 1 red chilli
    2 Cups beans
    Grated Carrot (large one)
    Breadcrumbs or Rice or Mashed Potato
    Handful: Oats
    Dessert spoon: nut butter
    Dessert spoon: Tahini

    Cut the onion, and fry with oil. Add the ground spices, then the carrot. For a minute.

    Let cool.

    Add all other ingredients and mash.

    Leave for a while.

    Then shape into burgers.

    And fry.

    Try the above with different beans and perhaps different proportions.

    I generally make the burgers with whatever leftovers I have.

    You can vary the spice mix.

    If you cook dried beans – you can make a huge batch and freeze.


  4. Truffle says:

    Should say 1 onion!

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