Vegan chef Chloe Coscarelli is famous for her deliciously charred veggie burgers. For a “special sauce,” she swaps out mayo for silken-tofu mayonnaise to make a tangy-sweet vegan take on Thousand Island dressing.
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6 ounces soft tofu, cubed
3 tablespoons ketchup
1 tablespoon yellow mustard
1 teaspoon agave
1 garlic clove
2 tablespoons sweet pickle relish
1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill
5 tablespoons canola oil
1 onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup cooked brown rice
One 15-ounce can cooked lentils, rinsed and drained
1 cup toasted walnuts
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon dried basil
4 hamburger buns plus 4 bun bottoms, toasted
Tomato slices, dill pickle chips, lettuce and thinly sliced red onion, for topping
How to Make It
Step 1 Make the sauce
In a blender, puree the tofu with the ketchup, mustard, agave and garlic until smooth. Transfer the sauce to a bowl and stir in the pickle relish and dill; season with salt and refrigerate.
Step 2 Make the burgers
In a large nonstick skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of the oil. Add the onion and cook over moderate heat until lightly browned, 6 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until softened, 2 minutes; season with salt. Scrape the onion and garlic into a food processor. Add the rice, lentils, walnuts, flour and dried basil and pulse until the mixture just comes together and whole grains of rice are still visible; season with salt and pepper. Using lightly oiled hands, press 1/3 cup of the mixture into a 1/2-inch-thick patty; transfer to a plate. Repeat with the remaining mixture for a total of 8 patties.
Wipe out the skillet and heat 1 1/2 tablespoons of the oil in it. Arrange 4 burger patties in the pan and cook over moderately high heat until browned on the bottom, about 5 minutes. Flip the patties and continue cooking until browned and heated through, about 5 minutes longer. Transfer the patties to a work surface. Repeat with the remaining oil and burger patties.
Spread the sauce on 4 of the bun bottoms and top with 4 patties and half of the burger toppings; top with the remaining bun bottoms. Repeat the layering once more, with more sauce and the remaining patties, toppings and the bun tops; serve.
The Special Sauce can be refrigerated for up to 1 week.
Wine: Bright and spicy Zinfandel.
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