CAULIFLOWER BURGER BUNS – ‘OMG, I can eat this?’ series

OMG, I can eat this? aims to reconstruct your favorite No Go meals and turn them into delights you can chow down on without feeling terribly afterward.

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Sometimes, I can’t think of anything better than some carrots and hummus. Or some fruit and yogurt. Or a handful of unsalted nuts.

Sometimes, I just want a burger, man.

There’s no real reason why a burger needs to be guilty food. It’s got a good salad component, the patty is usually protein-heavy and… Well, actually, those are the two redeeming factors. The bun is usually filled with sugar and the simplest white flour carbohydrates imaginable. Sauces are either laden with preservatives or sugar with not a lot to contribute nutritionally.

This burger bun is gluten-free (almost everything-free), high in fiber and high in protein. It’s the nutritional superhero to the villainous white-bread-of-death.

The best part about this recipe is that, for many of those cauli-replacement recipes, you need to boil, strain and dry the cauliflower. For this? Just dump the bastard into a bowl and mix it up. You can treat this as frivolously as your passport at an Italian airport (sigh… that’s a whole other story).

I’m going to share the full recipe for the best veggie burger you’ve ever eaten in another post, but consider this your savior when you want to pig out without the pig.

I’ve also been playing around with this ‘gram-worthy cloud bread recipe, but this is a little sturdier for a burger. I’ll share soon!

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Cauliflower Burger Buns

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cooking time: 25 mins

Makes 3 serves

Ingredients

Adapted from this recipe.

  • 3 cups cauliflower, riced
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • 2 tablespoon coconut flour
  • Optional: 2 tablespoon of oat flour OR another 1 teaspoon of coconut flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tsp white sesame seeds

Method (and a touch of madness)

  • Heat oven to 400F/200C.
  • Mix all ingredients except sesame seeds in a bowl and let sit for 10 minutes. The mixture shouldn’t be too liquid, but should definitely be wet.
  • Line a baking tray with baking paper and measure out into 1/2 cup mounds and form into 1/4-1/2 inch high rounds. You should just be able to make 6. Top with sesame seeds.
  • Bake for 20-25 mins. Allow to cool a little before lifting off of the paper. It’ll stick, so be gentle.
  • Top with your favorite burger and toppings.

Guide for the ‘arians:

  • Flexitarian – good
  • Pescetarian – good
  • Vegetarian – good
  • Omnivore – good
  • Vegan – use egg replacement
  • Gluten free – good
  • Lactose free – good
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