Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Can't Believe They're This Good Veggie Burgers

My family and I are looking for more ways to incorporate veggies into our diet. Now, we already eat fairly healthy but after watching the movie FoodMatters, we decided to up the ante on the amount of vegetables (especially raw ones) in our meals. And because we are all home, every day (hubby works from home, me a SAHM) I was looking particularly for healthy lunch options. Last night I experimented with veggie burgers and-- whoa!-- these are good (and inexpensive and healthy):

CBTTG Veggie Burger on a bed of romaine, bean sprouts,
zucchini & radishes; topped with salsa & avocado. 
 
Recipe: Can't Believe They're This Good Veggie Burgers

2 cans of butter beans, drained/rinsed/mashed
1 shallot, cut in half (or half of a medium onion)
2 carrots, chopped in chunks
1 (12-ounce) package of your favorite mushrooms, washed/dried
2 Tablespoons chili powder
3 Tablespoons cumin
1 teaspoon hot sauce
3/4 cup oats, lightly ground in food processor
3/4 cup bread crumbs
2 Tablespoons fresh cilantro, washed/chopped
4 eggs
olive oil (for skillet)

Place the mashed butter beans into a large bowl. Combine shallot, carrots and mushrooms into a food processor on low for a minute or two until the vegetables are coarsely chopped. Then add chopped veggies to butter beans. Add spices, hot sauce, ground oats, bread crumbs, cilantro and 4 eggs. Mix thoroughly to combine (your hands work best for this). Then shape into 12-14 burgers. Add olive oil to skillet and heat to medium heat. Cook for 5-8 minutes on each side until golden.

Note: This recipe is intended to make a lot of burgers so that some can be consumed immediately and others can be frozen. Place uncooked burgers on a wax paper-lined cookie sheet in the freezer. Once they are completely frozen you can put them all in a large freezer bag and take 1 or 2 out as needed. I'm going to try grilling my veggie burgers, straight from the freezer, next time.

2 comments:

  1. Looks and sounds fantastic! Congratulations on finding fun and delicious ways to include more veggies in your family's diet! Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Awesome! Looks quite tasty actually!

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