Have you ever considered being a vegetarian? My college roommate was a vegetarian and I decided to give it a try. College is for experimentation and trying new things, isn’t it?
It wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be, especially eating on campus in the cafeteria. Sometimes pizza was the best option and that’s not exactly healthy. But in general, I felt pretty good while eating vegetarian and I kept a steady weight. I stayed a vegetarian for little under a year but went back to eating meat around the holidays. Who can resist special family recipes?
I have a great respect for anyone who can be a vegetarian for a long time. For the rest of us, cutting out meat once in a while is a great part of a healthy diet. A lot of people participate in Meatless Mondays and this is one of our usual Meatless Monday dinners.
The beans give the veggie burgers a meat-like texture so that other than the taste, there isn’t a lot of difference. There are no complaints from the meat-lovers in my family when I serve these up. Some homemade french fries really go well with these burgers.
- 1 pound can of beans, drained and rinsed, or 1.5 cups cooked beans
- ½ cup chopped onion
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 2 cups diced veggies
- 2 teaspoons + 2 tablespoons oil for frying - olive, coconut, grapeseed
- 3 tablespoons liquid flavor – Dijon and tamari are great
- 4 teaspoons spice – dry mustard, cayenne, chili, thyme
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt - omit or reduce if your liquid or spices contain salt
- 1 cup dry base ingredient - buckwheat, bread crumbs, oatmeal
- ½ cup chopped sundried tomatoes or olives
- Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a pan over medium heat.
- Fry the onion, veggies, and garlic until softened, about 5 minutes.
- Transfer to a food processor and pulse with beans, liquid flavor, spice, salt until combined but still chunky.
- Pulse in the dry base and texture ingredient.
- Form into golf ball size balls and flatten into patties.
- Heat 2 tablespoons oil over medium-high heat.
- Fry patties 2-3 minutes per side until browned and heated through.