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Serve with any of the traditional take-out sides. Chow mein, sweet and sour tofu, won tons, etc. The sauce is great and the burgers are too! Oh my goodness, when I saw the photo I knew I had to make it. Adapted from Joni Marie Newman. You can see step by step directions on Joni's blog, justthefood.com.
- 1 1⁄2 cups water
- 2 tablespoons orange juice
- 1⁄4 cup lemon juice
- 1⁄3 cup rice vinegar (in a pinch you can sub 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar)
- 2 1⁄2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon grated orange zest or 1 teaspoon orange extract
- 1 cup tightly packed brown sugar
- 1⁄2 teaspoon freshly minced gingerroot (or 1/4 tsp powdered)
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 1⁄2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 3 tablespoons cornstarch, mixed with 2 tbsp water to create a slurry
- 2 cups cooked brown rice (you can use white or any rice you want to)
- 8 ounces plain soy tempeh, crumbled finely (you could sub cooked chickpeas-mashed)
- 1 tablespoon green onion, chopped fine (optional)
- 1⁄2 cup chickpea flour (you can use all purpose flour here, but the flavor of the chickpea flour is really good)
- 1 tablespoon orange zest or 1 teaspoon orange extract
- carrot, finely chopped
- red bell pepper, finely chopped
- mushroom, finely chopped
- 1 cup chickpea flour (or flour of choice)
- 1⁄2 cup non-dairy milk (soy, rice, almond, etc.)
- panko breadcrumbs
- oil (for frying)
- Mix all the glaze ingredients, except cornstarch slurry, in a sauce pan and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally.
- After it comes to a boil, reduce to a simmer and slowly add in the cornstarch mixture and continue to stir as it thickens. Lower heat to keep warm. You will need the glaze at the end.
- For the patties, mix together all ingredients, with your hands. Squeeze and knead and press it all together until it becomes very sticky. Form into patties.
- To make the coating, mix together the flour and milk in a bowl. Set up in a row -- Patties, batter, breadcrumbs, frying pan with oil heated and ready.
- Coat each patty with the flour and milk mixture and then coat with bread crumbs. Place in the frying pan and fry until golden and crispy on each side.
- Remove from oil and dip into glaze to generously coat it on both sides.
- Serve on a bun or on a bed of greens. Enjoy!