Good Morning! I meant to post this last night but I had a huge headache that left me unable to function. Well, enough about that. It’s gone now and I hope it never comes back!
Has anyone ever seen the movie Fast Times at Ridgemont High? If you haven’t, go rent it from the video store because it’s awesome. It was made sometime in the 80’s and Sean Penn plays a skateboarder kid who is always highhhhhhh! It’s such a funny movie, I love it! Oh yeah, Sean Penn’s character’s name in the movie is Spicoli. These tasty burgers that I made are named after him.
This recipe comes from the cookbook Eat Drink and be Vegan by Dreena Burton (I can say enough about this woman, her recipes never fail!). These burgers are great because they feature hemp seeds which is why they’re named after Spicoli.
The Hemp plant has a few different uses. It makes some really healthful things, like hemp oil and hemp seeds. It also is known to produce some things that are not good for you….. I think Spicoli used it in this form. Back to the good for you hemp products. Hemp is known as a super food! Hemp products contain all 9 essential amino acids which means that they are a complete protein. They have a “nutty” flavour that makes them perfect for topping salads, mixing in smoothies, or even adding to grains like quinoa or rice. The options are massive, really.
These burgers are so good in buns or pitas with whatever you like on them, or on their own! I always eat them with a little ketchup or mustard…. or both. Leftovers are even good reheated! If you haven’t tried hemp seeds or have but don’t really have a way to use them, this recipe is calling to you.
Spicoli Burgers-from eat drink and be vegan
2 tsp olive oil
1¼-1½ cups onion, diced
¹⁄₈ tsp salt
pepper to taste
¾ cup red bell pepper, diced
2 cups cooked short grain brown rice
1 cup hemp seeds
2 medium garlic cloves
2 tbsp ketchup
1 tbsp tamari
1 tsp dijon mustard
1 tsp dried oregano
½ tsp dried thyme
¼ tsp dried ground sage
¼ tsp salt
1 cup cooked short grain brown rice
¼ cup flour (any type)
1½-2 tbsp olive oil (for frying)
(the recipe calls for a total of 3 cups of cooked short grain brown rice)
Add onion, salt, pepper and oil to a medium frying pan on medium heat. Sauté for a few minutes, until onion begins to soften. Add red pepper and sauté for another 5-6 min, until onions are fully softened.
In a food processor, add onion and pepper mixture along with 2 cups rice, hemp seeds, garlic, ketchup, tamari, mustard oregano, thyme, sage and salt. Purée till fairly smooth, scrape down sides if necessary.
Transfer to a bowl and stir in remaining rice. Cover add let chill in fridge for at least a half an hour.
Remove from fridge and form patties with hands (the patties are usually very soft so if you prefer them more firm you can add oats or breadcrumbs). Spread flour on a plate evenly and use it to lightly coat the patties.
In a frying pan on medium-high, heat oil. Add patties, 3 or 4 at a time and lightly flatten with spatula, cook for 6-9 min each side until golden and crust has formed.
P.S. my stove seems to heat a little more so I cook these on just medium heat so be sure to keep an eye on these while they’re cooking!