Sarina’s Vegetarian “Krabby Patty” Burgers (recipe)

Sarina's Vegetarian

I normally don’t enter one of my recipes to multiple events but I’m in a bit of a time crunch and I really wanted to take part in Food In Film, as well as “Waiter There’s Something in my… Meatless Barbecue”.

Having been a Film Major in college my eyes really lit up when I learned about the Food in Film event, there were so many great films I could choose from, and talking to a close friend only brought up more possibilities. For some reason my mind really was motivated to come up with a ‘Clogger’ a la the Simpsons movie, but my own kashrut restrictions got in the way of really staying true to the name. I really hope that another participant comes up with one though :) In the end however my ‘Clogger’ brainstorming led me to another animated film’s famed burger, the infamous Krabby Patty, immortalised in film thanks to The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie.

I am not ashamed to say that I am a huge Spongebob fan. I am probably the only maid of honour to have been thrilled to have received a Spongebob DVD as part of my wedding party present :lol: When I first began to watch the TV series I thought that Krabby Patties were made from crabs, but then I realised no they just got their name from the store owner Mr. Krabs …

Krabby Patties are a central part of the Spongebob Universe and play a pivotal role in the movie as well. Indeed this burger was inspired by the following scene.

From Wikipedia:
The film begins with a live action credit sequence, in which a group of pirates retrieve tickets to The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie. The film then cuts to Bikini Bottom, where amidst chaos, Mr. Krabs, the boss of popular fast food restaurant the Krusty Krab, has a problem: a customer who ordered a Krabby Patty got it without cheese. Suddenly, SpongeBob SquarePants, the manager, comes to the rescue. With his briefcase full of James Bond-like gear, he takes out a piece of cheese, slowly puts the cheese in the Krabby Patty. and the day is saved.

Since no one really knows what goes into a Krabby Patty (and any fan of the series knows that Plankton has certainly tried) I really felt that I could play around and come up with a possibility of my own :)

Now when making a veggie burger there is nothing to be gained by continuing to convincing yourself that it is really a meat burger in surprise. Can we just be honest and admit that they are night and day? That doesn’t mean that I don’t love veggie burgers (when they are done right) I do, but I think that the key to making a good veggie burger is treating it as one, and not as a meat burger in disguise.

Because veggie mince is basically dry and flavourless it is important to add as much moisture and complex flavours as possible. I decided to achieve this through the addition of smoked cheese stuffing, garlic sauce and hickory BBQ sauce. The other main problem with veggie burgers is binding. Here I used two eggs as well as wholewheat flour and seasoned breadcrumbs. These additions create a burger that is extremely dense and nutty, with an array of flavours throughout. When topped with coleslaw (added moisture), grilled onions and tomatoes the flavour medley becomes unbelievably dynamic and satisfying.

Sarina’s Vegetarian “Krabby Patty” Burgers
Makes 4 servings

INGREDIENTS:

For patties:
1 lb veggie mince
1/4 cup hickory smoke BBQ sauce
2 tsp garlic sauce
8 slices smoked cheese
1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
2 eggs

For toppings:
1 large white onion (slice into 4 thick slices. Brush with 1 tbsp of Italian dressing on each side. Grill for 5 minutes per side. Set aside)
1 large tomato
1 cup shredded cabbage (combined with 2 tablespoons mayonnaise)

DIRECTIONS:

1. Combine mince, BBQ sace, garlic sauce, bread crumbs, wholewheat flour and eggs
2. Separate into 8 portions
3. Form the first 4 portions into 4 patties
4. Shred 4 of the cheese slices and distribute equally over the 4 veggie patties

5. Form 4 additional patties with the remaining mince mixture
6. Place over the patties and cheese, sealing the edges to ensure that the cheese doesn’t seep out (won’t always work tho :P )
7. Sprinkle liberally on each side with salt and pepper

8. Grill for 7 minutes per side
9. Top with remaining 4 smoked cheese slices and allow to soften
10. To assemble the burgers place 1-2 teaspoonfuls of coleslaw onto bun base.
11. Top with burger patty, a slice of tomato and grilled onion (separate the rings).
12. Top with bun and serve

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  • http://thewellseasonedcook.blogspot.com Susan

    Sarina, I can’t stop LOL! I am very fond of any kind of Crabby Patties. They were the first sweet treat to go when we’d bring them to the office as a communal offering. Yours, of course, are far more healthy than the neon marshmallows we indulged in, but we won’t quibble — they ARE Crabby Patties, afterall! Thanks for your great, fun and HEALTHY contribution to the event.

  • http://thewellseasonedcook.blogspot.com Susan

    Sarina, I can’t stop LOL! I am very fond of any kind of Crabby Patties. They were the first sweet treat to go when we’d bring them to the office as a communal offering. Yours, of course, are far more healthy than the neon marshmallows we indulged in, but we won’t quibble — they ARE Crabby Patties, afterall! Thanks for your great, fun and HEALTHY contribution to the event.

  • http://www.rosas-yummy-yums.blogspot.com Rosa

    They look like meat burgers! Very appetizing and interesting…

  • http://www.rosas-yummy-yums.blogspot.com Rosa

    They look like meat burgers! Very appetizing and interesting…

  • http://thewellseasonedcook.blogspot.com Susan

    Oops! Krabby Patty with a K, not a C. How silly of me. ;)

  • http://thewellseasonedcook.blogspot.com Susan

    Oops! Krabby Patty with a K, not a C. How silly of me. ;)

  • http://www.tastesofguyana.blogspot.com Cynthia

    Sarina, what’s in that veggie mince packet? What are the contents that make it up?

  • http://www.tastesofguyana.blogspot.com Cynthia

    Sarina, what’s in that veggie mince packet? What are the contents that make it up?

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    Susan & Rosa – :D

    Cynthia – hmm I don’t remember off hand but it’s mostly TVP (texturized vegetable protein), with some flour and starches.. i’ll try to get a more detailed outline next time :D

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    Susan & Rosa – :D

    Cynthia – hmm I don’t remember off hand but it’s mostly TVP (texturized vegetable protein), with some flour and starches.. i’ll try to get a more detailed outline next time :D

  • http://champaign-taste.blogspot.com Lisa

    Those look very tasty, even if they don’t have meat in them, ha ha. And you’ve ALMOST got me wanting to see what Sponge Bob Squarepants is all about. :)

  • http://champaign-taste.blogspot.com Lisa

    Those look very tasty, even if they don’t have meat in them, ha ha. And you’ve ALMOST got me wanting to see what Sponge Bob Squarepants is all about. :)

  • http://www.nourish-me.blogspot.com Lucy

    Sarina, what fun. I have laughed very VERY hard at Spongebob’s antics and this is a great entry!

  • http://www.nourish-me.blogspot.com Lucy

    Sarina, what fun. I have laughed very VERY hard at Spongebob’s antics and this is a great entry!

  • http://www.cooksister.com Jeanne

    Oh wow!! Look at that luscious pic! Makes me wonder why more people aren’t vegetarian :) And I must say, I think you deserve some sort of award for the first WTSIM entry ever to be inspired in any way by Spongebob :P Thanks very much for playing along and hope to see you at next month’s WTSIM.

  • http://www.cooksister.com Jeanne

    Oh wow!! Look at that luscious pic! Makes me wonder why more people aren’t vegetarian :) And I must say, I think you deserve some sort of award for the first WTSIM entry ever to be inspired in any way by Spongebob :P Thanks very much for playing along and hope to see you at next month’s WTSIM.

  • Jeff

    Whats the deal with all the poeple writing comments about recipes when they havent tried it? Some reviews would be useful. Do people just search for recipes to talk about, or is anyone actually trying them?

  • Jeff

    Whats the deal with all the poeple writing comments about recipes when they havent tried it? Some reviews would be useful. Do people just search for recipes to talk about, or is anyone actually trying them?

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    Lisa, Lucy, Jeanne – Thanks :D

    Jeff – I love feedback so it’s all good in my book. More than a few of my recipes (both original and created by others) have been made and reviewed by others as well. Everyone has their own motivations. Live and let live :)

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    Lisa, Lucy, Jeanne – Thanks :D

    Jeff – I love feedback so it’s all good in my book. More than a few of my recipes (both original and created by others) have been made and reviewed by others as well. Everyone has their own motivations. Live and let live :)

  • Sebastian Wahl

    this is great. i have a friend who’s kids are obsessed with spongebob, she is also trying to eat healthier

    so this will probably be perfect.

  • Sebastian Wahl

    this is great. i have a friend who’s kids are obsessed with spongebob, she is also trying to eat healthier

    so this will probably be perfect.

  • Erik

    This comment is in response to Jeff. Jeff… you are what we call a stick in the mud. First of all Sarina has put a lot of time in to her web page so why should people make comments and say funny things to liven up her work and give encouragement? Is it really so wrong? Is it really so hard to understand. Secondly, Yes some of us do simply surf the web searching for interesting and different recipes. Personally I search out all kinds of stuff. Do I have time to cook everything I see? No way. Every no and then I’ll make a comment like “Hey! That sounds interesting!” or maybe I’ll ask a question and come back later. The point its …well…you a stick in the mud. Live a little.

  • Erik

    This comment is in response to Jeff. Jeff… you are what we call a stick in the mud. First of all Sarina has put a lot of time in to her web page so why should people make comments and say funny things to liven up her work and give encouragement? Is it really so wrong? Is it really so hard to understand. Secondly, Yes some of us do simply surf the web searching for interesting and different recipes. Personally I search out all kinds of stuff. Do I have time to cook everything I see? No way. Every no and then I’ll make a comment like “Hey! That sounds interesting!” or maybe I’ll ask a question and come back later. The point its …well…you a stick in the mud. Live a little.


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