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CONTEST ENDED Arborio Veggie Burger with Spicy Vanilla BBQ Sauce

by FarmgirlGourmet

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 Heather@farmgirlgourmet.com 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 random.org
  • 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 - 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 - 7:20 am

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

Andrew's Mom November 29, 2011 - 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 - 10:58 pm

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

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vanillalemonade.com November 26, 2011 - 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 - 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 - 9:11 pm

Such a great recipe for veggie burgers!

Anonymous November 23, 2011 - 9:57 pm

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

kpaints November 22, 2011 - 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 - 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 - 1:20 pm

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

blazeremy November 22, 2011 - 12:46 pm

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

Lynn November 22, 2011 - 9:39 am

I would make homemade vanilla extract!

30AEATS November 22, 2011 - 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 - 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 - 9:43 pm

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

Nancy November 21, 2011 - 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 - 7:11 pm

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

Curt November 21, 2011 - 2:52 pm

That is definitely an interesting sauce. I love vanilla.

Jamie November 21, 2011 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 10:03 am

I’d make homemade vanilla extract.


Carolyn November 21, 2011 - 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 - 9:04 am

I would make Kahlua. 😉

Wanna Be A Country Cleaver November 21, 2011 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 7:01 am

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

Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray November 21, 2011 - 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 - 6:20 am

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

groovyfoody November 21, 2011 - 1:57 am

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

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