CONTEST ENDED Arborio Veggie Burger with Spicy Vanilla BBQ Sauce

A week ago you learned about my new group, Virtual Potluck, where 12 of the 20 bloggers chosen to participate in the Emeril’s One Pot Blogging Party decided to stick together after the party and create a new group called Virtual Potluck.  Since launching last week our emails have been busy with companies wanting to work with us.  One of the companies was Marx Foods who sent each of us a box of goodies.

In the box was 2 packages of 3 each Madagascar Vanilla beans, 1 package of Italian Vialone Nano Rice (Arborio type rice usually used for Risotto), 1 package of Lobster Mushrooms, 1 package of Matsutake Mushrooms, 1 package of Puya Chiles and 1 hefty package of Japones Chiles.  Each of us got a little something different with the mushrooms and chiles, but everyone got the vanilla and nano rice.  If you pop over to Cookistry, you’ll see what the other Virtual Potluckers brought to the party with their box of tricks and you can also check out and enter their giveaways as well.  12 chances to win gourmet goodies?  Oh yeah!

I decided I wanted to use each component of the box and quickly came up with a veggie burger concept.  But what to do with the vanilla.  Spicy Vanilla BBQ sauce was born.  Ok, maybe Steven Raichlen, the KING of all things BBQ had already delivered that brain child, but I made it my own.

Back to the burgers.  I have 2 young kids, as you have probably read in past posts.  They are pretty amazing foodies, but there are a few things I need to sneak by them, like mushrooms.  So I figured veggie burgers would do the trick.  They both enjoyed the burgers very much….(sigh of relief).  The quinoa adds a nice flavor balance to the nano rice and the mushrooms give the burger a nice earthy flavor.  I didn’t miss the meat one bit!!

Now for some fun!  I’m giving away 2 of the goodies from my box.  They were not used in the making of the burger, they are as they were received from Marx Foods in their original packaging.  Here’s what you could win:

Contest has ended.  
The winner of the Vanilla Beans and Chiles is:
Susan in the Boonies!!!

Email me at as soon as you can with your address and I’ll get your gourmet goodies in the mail!

Susan in the Boonies said…13
I’d make vanilla sugar.
Would NEVER have thought to put it in a BBQ sauce!
11:50 AM 
1 Package of 3 Madagascar Vanilla Beans & 1 Package of Japones Chiles

The Rules…

  • Leave a comment below telling me what you’d make with your vanilla beans.  
  • Giveaway runs from November 21, 2011 until Friday November 25, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. PST
  • Winner will be announced Friday night or Saturday morning and chosen via
  • Giveaway open to US Addresses Only
During this giveaway, Marx Foods is also offering up 10% of everything on their site just for being a fan of us Potluckers.  Here’s the info!!

Enter “POTLUCK” into the “Coupon Code” field at checkout to receive 10% off everything in the store.  

Offer valid 11/21/2011 through 11/27/2011

Arborio Veggie Burger with Spicy Vanilla BBQ Sauce

1 1/2 cups arborio/nano rice, cooked 
1 1/2 cups quinoa, cooked
1 1/2 cups mushrooms, chopped (any variety – I used Lobster & Mastutake)
2 puya chiles, reconstituted with boiling water and chopped fine
1/2 cup green pepper, finely diced
2 tablespoons chili powder
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/3 cup water
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 cup panko bread crumbs

1 In a large bowl combine the precooked arborio rice (leftovers work great), quinoa, mushrooms, chiles, green pepper, chili powder, salt and pepper and flour.  Mix well to combine.  Add the water, oil and breadcrumbs and stir just until incorporated.  
2 Heat a skillet over medium high heat and spray with cooking spray.  Using damp hands, mold about 1 1/2 cups of mixture into a patty and place in the frying pan.  Try not to crowd.  Get a good crisp on the first side before flipping, about 3 minutes.  Flip the burger and repeat on the other side.  Repeat with remaining burgers.  Serve with lettuce, tomato and Spicy Vanilla BBQ sauce (recipe follows).

Spicy Vanilla BBQ Sauce

1 cup ketchup
1/4 cup molasses
1/4 white distilled vinegar
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons brown sugar
3 tablespoons grainy dijon mustard
1 teaspoon hot sauce, like Tabasco
2 teaspoons Sriracha sauce
1 1/2 teaspoons Hickory Liquid Smoke
1/2 vanilla bean, slip lengthwise, seeds scraped
Kosher salt and pepper, to taste

1 Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan and simmer 10-15 minutes.  Put leftover bbq sauce in an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.

Cooks Note: Using a device such as a George Foreman type indoor grill will not work for these burgers because of their moist consistency, they will be squished by the weight of the cooking plates.  Pan frying is best.

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed on Farmgirl Gourmet are my own and based on testing and/or personal experience. I was sent the box of ingredients listed above free of charge, and was not monetarily compensated for this post or my opinion.  The giveaway of product was my own decision and is at my own expense for shipping costs.

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  • moonsword
    May 2, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    I’m so glad I found this recipe! I love quinoa and I especially love burgers so this one is definitely a keeper. The sauce looks superdelicious and very versatile so I can’t wait to try it. Many thanks!

  • How to Make Vanilla Extract
    December 2, 2011 at 7:20 am

    Vanilla BBQ sauce, sounds delicious. Haven’t try it before.

  • Andrew's Mom
    November 29, 2011 at 7:54 am

    I love my meat – mostly chicken though…but I am also a huge fan of veggie burgers – good veggie burgers and this one looks fantastic.

  • Wehaf
    November 26, 2011 at 10:58 pm

    I’d make some vanilla sugar; it’s amazing in tea.

    urchiken at gmail dot com

    November 26, 2011 at 6:31 am

    LOVE LOVE this! Have not seen aborio in anything mixes yet but it makes perfect sense with all the starch!

  • Donna Currie
    November 25, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    Vanilla in barbecue sauce sounds like a great combo to me. Then again, I’m a bit of a vanilla fiend.

  • marla
    November 25, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    Such a great recipe for veggie burgers!

  • Anonymous
    November 23, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    I would add the vanilla to your pumpkin latte mix! Stacie_b_davis

  • kpaints
    November 22, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    I am just amazed at all that you do to create a fantastic meal for your family! Great job!

  • Marx Foods
    November 22, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    We’ve never seen anyone use our vanilla beans in a barbecue sauce before, but we definitely like it. This whole meal looks so delicious…can we come over for dinner?

  • LeGwen
    November 22, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    I would make some vanilla whipped cream to go over my pumpkin pie.

  • blazeremy
    November 22, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    Make a tincture: vanilla, cardamom & cocoa. Perfect for any bourbon or tequila drinks.

  • Lynn
    November 22, 2011 at 9:39 am

    I would make homemade vanilla extract!

  • 30AEATS
    November 22, 2011 at 5:17 am

    What a creative and delicious recipe! I too slip foods into recipes so my kids won’t notice! Great photo too, makes me want to take a bite!

  • Christine @ Oatmeal in my Bowl
    November 21, 2011 at 11:25 pm

    Spicy Vanilla BBQ sauce…that is a new one to me! What an amazing box you received. Jealous! But you well deserve it with your awesome recipes & pics.

    I love veggie burgers. Can you please send some my way??? 😉

  • Jay D. Ducote
    November 21, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    I’m a beef eater, but even I would eat that burger!

  • Nancy
    November 21, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    I am with Barb on this one – love vanilla and BBQ sauce!! Intriguing combination for a veggie burger – have bookmarked to try!!

  • diabeticFoodie
    November 21, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    That is one good-looking burger! Sauce sounds amazing too.

  • Curt
    November 21, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    That is definitely an interesting sauce. I love vanilla.

  • Jamie
    November 21, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    Don’t know what sounds better, the veggie burger or the sauce – but together they sound amazing! Gorgeous and so creative! And vanilla for me means panna cotta or pastry cream although I do have a recipe for a Curried Lamb Stew with vanilla.

  • Susan in the Boonies
    November 21, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    I’d make vanilla sugar.
    Would NEVER have thought to put it in a BBQ sauce!

  • The Food Hunter
    November 21, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    Your photo looks awesome. We BBQ a lot so I know I’ll try this sauce soon.

  • Barbara | Creative Culinary
    November 21, 2011 at 10:33 am

    Vanilla BBQ sauce is intriguing. I love vanilla and I love BBQ; why not together huh? Burger looks fabulous!

  • Rachel Blom
    November 21, 2011 at 10:03 am

    I’d make homemade vanilla extract.

  • Carolyn
    November 21, 2011 at 10:02 am

    I’ve heard lots of good things about Marx Foods, and your package of goodies looks amazing. And what you did with it is so brilliant!

  • Javamama75
    November 21, 2011 at 9:04 am

    I would make Kahlua. 😉

  • Wanna Be A Country Cleaver
    November 21, 2011 at 8:38 am

    Ooo vanilla beans – I would divvy them up and make some homemade vanilla extract and with the other ones I would make my grandma’s Christmas Volcano cookies with a vanilla custard filling. ~Megan Pence @ Country Cleaver

  • Amanda Thompson
    November 21, 2011 at 7:49 am

    I would use the vanilla beans to make Vanilla Bean Ice Cream, to serve along with different pies this Holiday season!


  • Ley Willis
    November 21, 2011 at 7:27 am

    I would make THIS sauce to put on THESE burgers… this sounds delicious… just have to substitue something in for the mushrooms… tofu?

  • Nelly Rodriguez
    November 21, 2011 at 7:01 am

    Vanilla BBQ sauce. I can die happy. That sauce would be amazing on TURKEY!!!

  • Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray
    November 21, 2011 at 6:45 am

    I’ll have to save this recipe for a night when hubs is gone, but they look amazing to me!

  • miss
    November 21, 2011 at 6:20 am

    Ooh, that BBQ sauce sounds out of this world! Gorgeous photos too!

  • groovyfoody
    November 21, 2011 at 1:57 am

    I am going to try your vanilla BBQ sauce on chicken legs this week — sounds divine!