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  1. #1
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    Can I freeze homemade bean burgers?

    I'm planning to make the following Black Bean Burger recipe (to use some cooked black beans and farro I have on hand), but there's only two of us. I love having home-made quick meals in the freezer (and we love veggie burgers), so I'm wondering if I can freeze the extra burgers either cooked or uncooked to use them (aka microwave or skillet cook from frozen) like Garden/Morningstar burgers.

    Any thoughts?

    Thanks,

    Michelle


    Black Bean Burgers

    1 1/4 cups dried black beans -- rinsed and picked over, then soaked for 4 hours and drained
    Kosher salt
    3 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
    1/3 cup farro
    1 small onion -- finely diced
    1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
    1 garlic clove -- minced
    2 large eggs -- lightly beaten
    1 cup coarse fresh bread crumbs
    1/4 cup chopped basil
    1/4 cup chopped cilantro
    1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
    Vegetable oil -- for sautéing
    8 toasted buns
    Smoky Red Pepper Spread and thickly sliced red onions -- for serving

    1. In a saucepan, cover the beans with 2 inches of water. Simmer over moderately low heat, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 1 hour; add water as needed to keep the beans covered by 2 inches. When the beans are tender, season them with salt and let stand for 5 minutes; drain.

    2. Meanwhile, in a saucepan, heat 1/2 tablespoon of the olive oil. Add the farro and cook over moderately high heat, stirring, 2 minutes. Add 1 1/2 cups of water and a pinch of salt and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer until the grains are al dente, 30 minutes.

    3. In a small skillet, heat the remaining 3 tablespoons of olive oil. Add the diced onion and cook over moderate heat until softened. Add the crushed red pepper and garlic and cook until fragrant, 2 minutes.

    4. In a food processor, pulse all but 1/2 cup of the beans to a chunky puree; transfer to a bowl. Fold in the remaining 1/2 cup of beans, the farro, the onion mixture, eggs, bread crumbs, basil, cilantro, pepper and 1 teaspoon of salt. Form the mixture into 8 patties. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

    5. In a large, nonstick skillet, heat 1/8 inch of vegetable oil. Add the burgers and cook over moderate heat, turning once, until browned and heated through, about 6 minutes. Transfer the burgers to the buns. Top with the Smoky Red Pepper Spread and the onion slices, close the burgers and serve.

    6. The burgers can be prepared through Step 4 and refrigerated overnight.

    Servings: 8

    Source: foodandwine.com

  2. #2
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    I freeze homemade veggie burgers all the time. I freeze them individually between wax paper, then slightly thaw in the microwave and fan fry.

    They are much better than Morningstar Farms.

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    I agree, I freeze homeade veggie burgers all the time. They are so much better than storebought veggie burgers. I also freeze them individually. I don't usually thaw them.

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    I freeze them. Some work well and some don't. I don't think I've tried bean ones, though. I do a couple different nut ones and those freeze quite well, but there's an oat one that doesn't.

    I usually freeze them after cooking, but with the nut ones that's just because I want to be able to throw them in a casserole dish, cover them with gravy and bake them. I'm sure they'd probably work fine like Merley said, layered in wax paper.
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    Thanks for the responses! I assume based on Tovie's response it's going to work better if I at least par-cook them before freezing?

    Michelle

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