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Cauliflower Hummus Burgers with Green Goddess Sauce
by Jamie Vespa on Wednesday July 6, 2016
Cauliflower Hummus Burgers with Green Goddess Sauce

Cauliflower hummus burgers are packed with nutritious, fiber-rich ingredients and make for the ultimate meatless handheld delight. Even the carnivores in your life will love them.

Ingredients
  • 5 buns
  • 1 small head of cauliflower (or 3 cups riced cauliflower)
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 cup cooked and cooled quinoa
  • 1 tsp Harissa spice
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • ½ cup almond meal
  • 1 large egg
  • ⅓ cup hummus of choice
  • 2 tbsp each freshly chopped parsley and basil
  • Sea salt and black pepper to taste

**Green Goddess Sauce**

  • 1 ripe avocado
  • ¼ cup fresh basil
  • ½-2/3 cup unsweetened cashew milk
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • Sea salt and black pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Cut the cauliflower into florets and place in a food processor. Pulse until florets are broken down into rice-sized pieces (you need ~3 cups of cauliflower rice). Transfer to a large skillet with 1 tsp of olive oil and a dash of salt and pepper. Cook over medium heat for ~5 minutes, until slightly softened.
  2. Transfer to a large bowl and add remaining burger ingredients. Mix until well-combined (it's easiest to use your hands). If the mix feels too wet, add additional almond flour. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  3. In the meantime, prepare green goddess sauce by combining avocado, basil, cashew milk, olive oil, salt and pepper in your food processor. Start with ½ cup cashew milk and gradually add more as needed to reach your desired consistency. Larger avocados will warrant a little extra. Once sauce is smooth and creamy, transfer to a bowl.
  4. Remove burger mix from fridge after 30 minutes. Using a ½ measuring cup, fill with burger contents to create a uniform mold. Flip the measuring cup over into the palm of your hand and gently flat out the top and mold the edges. Place on a piece of parchment paper and repeat with the remaining burger ingredients. It should form 5 uniform patties.
  5. Heat 1-2 tsp of olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the burgers and cook until golden brown on each side, flipping very carefully to avoid breaking.
  6. Place on toasted bun and top with green goddess sauce and additional toppings as desired. Enjoy!
Notes
Burgers are best reheated in the toaster oven or in the oven at 350 degrees F for ~10-12 minutes. Microwaving can make them mushy.
 
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Serves: 5 burgers
 
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 burger patty (sauce and bun not included) Calories: 196 Fat: 11.5 gm Saturated fat: 1.5 gm Carbohydrates: 15 gm Sugar: 2.5 gm Sodium: 155 mg Fiber: 5 gm Protein: 8.5 gm Cholesterol: 42 mg

Jamie Vespa, MS, RD, LD/N, is a former TGH dietitian who is now assistant nutrition editor at Cooking Light magazine. You can find more of her recipes on TGH Health News and more recipes on her blog, Dishing Out Health.