Easy Veggie Burger

Easy Veggie Burger

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.

Easy Veggie Burger
 
Serves: 12- 16
Ingredients
  • 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
Instructions
  1. Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a pan over medium heat.
  2. Fry the onion, veggies, and garlic until softened, about 5 minutes.
  3. Transfer to a food processor and pulse with beans, liquid flavor, spice, salt until combined but still chunky.
  4. Pulse in the dry base and texture ingredient.
  5. Form into golf ball size balls and flatten into patties.
  6. Heat 2 tablespoons oil over medium-high heat.
  7. Fry patties 2-3 minutes per side until browned and heated through.