Naual Hansen

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Vegan burgers made of pearl barley


    Lately I have discovered pearled barley (maybe a little late, yet it’s never too late) and what kind of possibilities it offers when it comes to frying. For the very beginning I made a burgers out of it and was I left with a positive impression. What I liked the most about it is that it absorbs perfectly the taste of other ingredients and seasonings and it doesn’t require seasonings that should cover some possible unusual strange aftertaste (which can occasionally happen with tvp soy if you buy it from a strange brand, etc.).

    Once when you soak and drain it you should simply put it into a (preferably high-speed) blender and pulse it several times until it becomes crumbly (as it is presented on the last picture in the image section). You can blend it together with parsley and onion as I did and then adjust salt and pepper by your personal taste (I prefer more parsley and black pepper but less salt). Shape burgers with slightly wet palms and fry them on a medium to high heat on both sides (I fried them a bit longer just because I like when they are a bit more dark and crispy then usual).



    The recipe for those pearl barley burgers can be found in the recipe box under the image section.


Pearl Barley Burgers

Vegan burgers made of soaked pearl barley
Prep Time 35 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Course Main Course
Servings 2 servings


  • High-speed blender


  • 180 gr of pearl barley + pinch of salt + some hot boiling water to soak it for 30 min;
  • 120 gr of red onion, chopped a bit;
  • 3/4 tsp. of black ground pepper (and more if you prefer more spicy taste);
  • handful of parsley;
  • 1/2 tsp. of salt;
  • 1/4 tsp. of baking powder;
  • 2 tbsp. of water;
  • 1 tbsp. of vegan bread crumbs;
  • a bit of oil for frying (I used organic rapeseed oil).


  • fresh lettuce salad;
  • sliced tomato;
  • sliced red onion;
  • a bit of vegan mayo;
  • slices of vegan cheese;
  • a bit of chili sauce.
  • homemade or store-bought buns.


  • Put pre-soaked (for 30 min. and drained) pearl barley into a high speed blender together with other ingredients except bread crumbs and baking powder. Blend until crumbly consistency. Add baking powder and bread crumbs and stir well until well incorporated. Shape two large or 3 medium burgers (with slightly wet palms) and fry them on a non-stick frying pan on a bit of oil on a medium to high temperature on both sides.
  • Turn off the stove and place slices of cheese on top of burgers. Put burgers on the bottom part of a sliced buns, add a bit of mayo, chili sauce (or ketchup), lettuce, tomato and onion slices. Warm up for 30 seconds in the microwave or oven and serve warm with air fryer (or oven) baked fries.

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