Suvir Saran's Farro and Mushroom Burgers


[Photograph: Ben Fink]

As always with our Cook the Book feature, we have five (5) copies of Masala Farm to give away this week.

Nutty, chewy, and good for you to boot, farro is a great grain. It can be slowly simmered and stirred in place of rice for risotto, tossed with veggies and chilled as a salad or fried in to crisp little patties for these Farro and Mushroom Burgers.

Adapted from Masala Farm by Suvir Saran, these vegetarian burgers are made up of umami-rich cremini mushrooms, sweet shallots, mashed potatoes, and of course, lots of farro.

Coated in panko and fried up crisp, these make a wonderful meatless main with a salad or as a burger stand-in when served on a bun with a smear of aioli.

Why you should make this: These Farro and Mushroom Burgers are much more flavorful than anything you'll find in the freezer aisle.

Next time we might think about: The texture of these little patties is quite delicate, forming and chilling ensures that they won't lose shape when it comes time to fry.