Veggie Burger Heaven

I guess that sounds silly…I mean, veggie burgers aren’t exactly something you crave, right? Well, maybe you will after this.

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So, while I’ve been experimenting with healthier cooking & eating, I came across a few veggie burgers in the grocery store that I wanted to try. (eggplant burgers are the antichrist, yo.) I didn’t like any of them, they just seemed to be too healthy tasting, too mushy, or a weird texture. But, in the interest of not wasting food, I’ve choked them down anyway. (Homemade BBQ sauce & cheese helps, lol). But, this leaves me still wanting a healthier option for a burger that’s also satisfying.

I’ve found it, goofballs. This is the “recipe” for a tasty veggie burger right here.

-1 can beans, drained (choose any you like- black beans, garbanzo, pinto, cannellini, etc..) I chose black beans this time. If you use dry, make sure you cook them first.

– Veggies (choose your favorite combination, equal to about 1.5 cup finely chopped) I used a combination of baby carrots. (Celery, mushroom, jalapeño, or red pepper would be good too)

– 1 cup binder ingredient (choose quick oats, cooked quinoa, cooked millet, cooked brown rice, whole wheat bread crumbs)

-Spices (use what you like, I used garlic powder, thyme, salt, pepper and cayenne, about 1/4 tsp each.)

-1tablespoon milled flax seed ( just because its healthy and you won’t taste the addition of it here)

Use you processor to mince the veggies first, then add the beans and process until smooth-ish (don’t make it into a paste, you want it to remain slightly chunky, but totally mixed). Add binder, flax seed and spices. Taste for spice as you go- if it doesn’t taste good raw, it won’t be good cooked, either. Adjust as necessary.

The mixture will be pretty wet, but not soupy. (Kind of like a thick, chunky paste?) if its too wet, add more binder ingredients. If its too dry, add some veggie broth, water, or hey, there’s a good reason to use some leftover cauliflower Alfredo sauce. Yum.

Scoop handfuls out of processor, and shape into patties. Yeah, it’s a little messy, but its not too bad, don’t complain, It’s totally worth it, trust me. Place patties on parchment-lined baking sheet. It should make about 8 medium-sized patties.

Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes, flipping once. They will hold together well, so don’t worry. The ones I made with black beans actually look like regular burgers, how cool!

Serve on your favorite bun or pita, or lettuce wrap with some cheese. I believe in cheese, it makes everything yummy. 🙂

You can freeze them at this point, individually on a cookie sheet, if you want. To eat, just heat up in skillet with a little olive or coconut oil for 5 minutes per side).

Anyway, these are awesome. Hope you give them a try.

Later, goofballs. Enjoy your weekend.

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