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The Counter Style, custom built Tofu, Rice and Beans Burger
On Fridays, whenever we not felt like cooking, custom burgers at The Counter were always our number one choice to eat. We loved their custom-style burgers, where you can pick and choose sides, cheese, toppings, sauces too. I always wanted share our good experience with you all, but, never got chance.

Recently, we decided to dine at The Counter again and to our surprise, we found, all The Counter restaurant franchise in San Diego area has been closed. I was so disappointed, we loved their burgers, economical menu, fresh ingredients and style of serving too.

The Counter Style, custom built Tofu, Rice and Beans Burger
Craving for my custom burger plate, last weekend, I decided to make burgers the same way we used to get at The Counter.

The Counter Style, custom built Tofu, Rice and Beans Burger
Presenting to you, my experience of custom burgers, with vegan, tofu, rice and beans patty and some of my favorite zesty, spicy and juicy condiments. Make this custom experience your own. Try adding toppings or condiments of your choice. Fried eggs, fried onion rings, fresh sprouts, cranberries and fresh spinach were few other toppings I love on my custom burgers. In this recipe, I am sharing few of my most wanted toppings and condiments.

The Counter Style, custom built Tofu, Rice and Beans Burger
Meaty, hearty and healthy Tofu-Rice patties will sing in your mouth with sweet roasted red peppers, spicy pepperoncinies, mild and smoky roasted corn and beans salsa & with tangy herb goat cheese spread . Y U M M Y!!!

The Counter Style, custom built Tofu, Rice and Beans Burger
This is, the best, family-style or party friendly burger serving idea ever!! I miss Counter's Custom Burgers a lot and this is my way of eating'em at home.
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The Counter Style, custom built Tofu, Rice and Beans Burger

The Counter Style, custom built Tofu, Rice and Beans Burger
Total Time Prep Time Cook Time Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 2 Corn  (roasted on open flame)
  • 1 & 1/.2 Cup Black Beans  (1 10 oz can of Black Beans)
  • 4 Burger Bun  (I used Ciabatta Bread Rolls, sliced in half and toasted)
  • 2 Bell Pepper  (roasted red bell pepper)
  • 1/4 lbs Tofu  (pat dry with paper towel to remove excess water)
  • 1-2 Jalapeno  (thin round slices)
  • 3-4 Pepperoncini  (pickled pepperoncini peppers sliced in half)
  • 1 Red Onion  (very thin diced)
  • 6 tbsp Cilantro  (fine chopped)
  • 6 tbsp Goat Cheese  (room temperature )
  • 2 Lime  
  • 1/4-1/2 Cup Hot Wing Sauce  (for serving, I used Buffalo Hot Wing Sauce)
  • 1/2 Cup Butter Milk  
  • 1 tbsp Ranch Mix  (I used Hidden Valley Fiesta Ranch Dip Mix)
  • 2 tbsp Canola Oil  
  • 1/2 Cup Rice  (cooked and cooled)
  • Salt and Black Pepper  (as per taste)
  • 1/2 tsp Red Pepper Powder  
  • 1 Sweet Potato  (sweet potato fries optional but recommended)
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin Powder  

Directions

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  • Step for Recipe - The Counter Style, custom built Tofu, Rice and Beans Burger
    1. Roasted Corn and Beans Salsa - Roast both corns on open flame, let it cool down. While corns are cooling, rinse canned black beans and divide among two small bowls. When corn has cooled, slice off the kernels from corn and divide among two bowls. In one bowl add 2 tbsp cilantro, diced tomato, juice and zest of one lime. Mix, season with salt and pepper. Salsa is ready, keep it aside.
    Step for Recipe - The Counter Style, custom built Tofu, Rice and Beans Burger
    2. Veggie Patty - In other bowl, add cooked and cooled rice, 2 tbsp chopped cilantro, crumbled tofu (pat dry tofu so that it should not have no moisture), cumin powder, 1/4 tsp red pepper powder, salt and pepper per taste. Mash ingredients with potato masher until every thing mix in well and is slightly mushy.
  • Step for Recipe - The Counter Style, custom built Tofu, Rice and Beans Burger
    3. Condiments - In a small bowl, mix in room temperature goat cheese with 1 tbsp water, 2 tbsp chopped cilantro, zest of one lime, 1/4 tsp red pepper powder. Beat well and keep aside. Also mix in 2 tbsp ranch spice mix into buttermilk, mix well, taste and season with salt and pepper per taste.
    Additional Notes
    if you can't find Ranch Mix, add 1/2 tsp garlic powder, 1/2 tsp onion powder and 1/4 tsp red pepper instead
    Step for Recipe - The Counter Style, custom built Tofu, Rice and Beans Burger
    4. Cook Burgers - Heat 2 tbsp oil in a non-stick pan. Make 4 medium size balls from rice, beans and tofu mixture. Pat'em slightly and then place burger patties on hot skillet/pan. let'em sear undisturbed on 1 side for 3-4 minutes until nice and crisp brown, then flip with flat spatula and cook on another side for 3 minutes.
  • Step for Recipe - The Counter Style, custom built Tofu, Rice and Beans Burger
    5. Assemble and Serve - These burgers are best served custom style with all condiments on side and plate full of burger patties and sliced ciabatta rolls (toasted, if you prefer). Let your guest interact and make their burgers the custom style. Enjoy!!
Savita's Notes:
For sweet potato fries, please follow the sweet potato fries recipes from pairings below. NOTE: Tofu Burger is Vegan, all condiments are vegan except herb goat cheese, buttermilk ranch and hot wing sauce.

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