Veggie burgers with a crab cake-like kick. Old Bay is a blend of paprika, mustard powder, celery salt, red pepper flakes, black pepper, and a few other spices. It’s savory and a little spicy and is amazing on seafood and veggies. I’m particularly into putting it on homemade oven fries (if you want the recipe for those, just let me know!).
While I love a good crab cake, I find these burgers much easier to make (no having to find and deal with crab meat). The chickpea flour used to bring the cauliburgers together is a great source of plant-based protein, so these babies are filling too. I serve them with a spicy sauce that I make with plain Greek yogurt and sriracha or Cholula hot sauce — it makes the best tangy/creamy/spicy addition to a burger or sandwich situation.
Old Bay Cauliburgers
Makes 5-6 big-ish burgers
- 1 medium head of cauliflower, woody base and leaves cut off and roughly cut into florets
- 5 scallions, white and light green parts roughly chopped
- 3 garlic cloves, peeled
- 2 teaspoons Old Bay spice blend
- 1/2 tablespoon nutritional yeast (optional)
- 1/2 cup chickpea (garbanzo bean) flour
- 1 egg or chia egg
- 2 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley leaves
- Sprouted English muffins or burger buns
- Sliced radish
- Romaine lettuce
- Sliced red onion
- Spicy Sauce (recipe follows)
- 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 1 tablespoon (or more) hot sauce or sriracha
- 1-2 teaspoons olive oil
- salt, to taste
1. In a blender or large food processor, pulse cauliflower, scallions, and garlic together until the cauliflower is a rice-like texture. Transfer to a large pan or skillet with high sides. Cook, stirring for about 3-5 minutes until tender and the garlic and spring onions are fragrant. Stir in old bay and nutritional yeast (if using) until evenly distributed. Transfer to a large mixing bowl.
2. Add chickpea flour and stir to combine with cauliflower mix. Then add egg and chopped parsley. Mix well again. Place in the fridge for 30 to 45 minutes or pop in the freezer for 15 minutes to cool the mixture down and help it firm up.
3. Heat oven to 375°F and line a baking tray with parchment paper. Form patties with your hands. I try to make them roughly the size of the bun I’ll be serving them on and 1 to 1 1/2 inches thick (don’t worry if the mixture is a little on the wet side). Arrange on baking tray. Bake for 20 minutes. Flip and bake for another 5-10 minutes until lightly golden on the outside and firm.
4. Remove from the oven and serve on English muffins or buns with desired toppings.
5. To make spicy sauce, place ingredients in a bowl and whisk together with a fork until well combined. Taste for flavor and spiciness and add more hot sauce or salt as needed.