Soybeans take a very long time to make into burgers. The beans need to soak overnight. They need to cook for a very long time. They need to be put through a food processor or a grinder before you can start making the burger. That’s way I thought up this recipe. The kids were small. The kids were hungry. (The kids were always hungry.) I needed something I could make fast-or at least faster. So I thought that if I used a small grain as a base for a burger, then the cooking process would be faster. Looking at my grain supply, I decided to try millet. I like to keep it around because it’s versatile, nutritious and delicious. It’s been around for thousands of years, and is a staple food throughout a lot of the world. Millet is rich in B vitamins, especially iron, potassium, niacin, calcium, magnesium, B6, zinc, folic acid. Millet is also very small. It cooks quickly. I decided to try it. Thus, the following recipe has become a family classic:
- 3 cups water
- 1 cup millet
- 1 teaspoon veggie bouillon
- 1 bay leaf and a pinch of thyme, oregano, and rosemary
Add millet, bouillon and bay leaf to water in sauce pan. Bring to almost a boil, then turn burner down and simmer uncovered for about 30 minutes. Add the seasonings about 5-10 minutes before the millet is done.
Let the millet cool off. Put some oil into a frying pan and turn the burner on medium. Mix in about a quarter cup of flour and mix well. Sprinkle four over a cutting board or plate. Flour your hands. Take a handful of the mix and shape into burger. Repeat until you have enough to fill the pan. Place carefully into pan. I like to use a spatula to flatten and round them. Fry until golden brown, then flip over. Add cheese, if desired. This recipe makes about 8 millet burgers.
All the usual burger fixings and sides are good on these. I usually serve them with baked sweet potato fries. This mix is very versatile. For instance, this can also be used to stuff bell peppers. You would not meed to add the flour to the millet mix. It make a nice side dish, too. This can be prepared in less than an hour. Enjoy!