Mark made these a third time (!) after we recorded the podcast. He gets carried away. But yes, they're that good. As you can see by the picture, we had them with a vinagrette-y green salad, sliced avocados, and olives. But sometimes we like to load up the condiments: caponata, tapenade, mustard, you name it.
As we said, you can substitute spelt berries or soft white wheat berries. But Kamut is the thing! It offers a buttery flavor and luxurious texture. Here's one place to find it.
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KAMUT BURGERS WITH SHALLOTS, PECANS, AND LEMON ZEST
From GRAIN MAINS
Makes 6 patties
1. Fill a large saucepan about halfway with water and bring to a boil over high heat. Add the Kamut, reduce the heat to low, and simmer until the grains are super soft and tender, between 45 minutes and 1 hour. Drain in the sink through a fine-mesh sieve or a colander lined with paper towels. Transfer to a food processor.
2. Set a large skillet over medium heat for a couple of minutes. Swirl in 1 tablespoon oil, then add the shallot and pecan pieces. Cook, stirring often, until the shallot turns translucent, about 1 minute. Add the sage, lemon zest, thyme leaves, salt, and pepper.
3. Scrape the contents of the skillet into the food processor. Add the beans and egg. Process to form a somewhat grainy, thick, paste-like batter, scraping down in the inside of the canister at least once, preferably twice. Scrape down and remove the blade.
4. Wash and dry the skillet. Set it over medium heat for a couple of minutes. Add the remaining 3 tablespoons oil. With dampened hands, form the grain and bean mixture into six, round, fairly flat patties. Slip these into the skillet and cok until browned and crisp on one side, 3 - 4 minutes. Flip with a large spatula and the courage of your convictions. Continue cooking until browned and crisp on the other side, 3 - 4 minutes. Transfer to serving plates.
NOTE: If your skillet is not large enough to hold all the patties at once, use 1 1/2 tablespoons oil and fry the patties in two batches, adding the remainder of the oil after the first batch.