Fergie’s got nothing on these Black-Eyed Peas

How could I resist? Since the day I added this Black-Eyed Pea Vegan Burgers recipe from Chow to Pinterest, every time I see it I think of the Black Eyed Peas. I had to end the mystery. Would they taste as good as the ingredients list led me to believe they would?

This recipe calls for something called Tamari. If you’re not familiar with this, according to Chow, Tamari is wheat-free soy sauce. You can substitute regular soy sauce in this recipe instead, but it will be saltier.

To make these you will need:

  • 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • 6 medium cremini mushrooms, cleaned, stemmed, and sliced 1/4 inch thick (I used more like 10)
  • 1 medium shallot, finely chopped (I used two…which may have been overkill)
  • 1 medium garlic clove, minced (I used two)
  • 1 (15-ounce) can of black-eyed peas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 medium scallion, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh cilantro leaves and stems
  • 1/2 teaspoon tamari (or more as needed)
  • 1/4 teaspoon Tabasco Sauce (or more as needed)
  • Rolls for serving
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Heat about one tablespoon of oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Add the mushrooms, a few dashes of salt and pepper, and cook. Stir the mixture occasionally for about 2 to 3 minutes. Add the shallot and garlic and cook until fragrant and softened.

Remove the mushroom mixture from the heat, put it in a small bowl and wipe the pan clean.

Put the black-eyed peas in a large bowl and mash them with the back of a spoon or potato masher, being sure to keep a few of the peas intact. Combine the mushroom mixture, scallion, cilantro, tamari, and Tabasco and mix. Taste and season the mixture with more salt, pepper, tamari, and tabasco as needed. Using your hands, form the mixture into patties (about 1/3 cup each).

Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons oil in a frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the patties and fry until the outsides are browned, about 5 to 6 minutes per side. Try to just flip these burgers once as they will want to fall apart on you if handled too much.

I found the burgers to be decent, but I might add more tamari and tabasco next time around to give them a bit more “zing”. Get creative with how you serve these patties. This recipe even suggests whipping up a vegan mayonnaise as your condiment. Maybe I’ll try that next time.

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