Wednesday, May 21, 2008

The absolute best homemade veggie burger

I made tonight. Didn't take pictures though! I suck at remembering to take pics. But everyone loved them. I have to say, they were really good and I'm my toughest critic. They were filling and spicy and most importantly, they were firm--I mean firm enough where you could chop them up and put over a salad for lunch. Which is probably why my toddler ate his whole burger. I've been searching for *the* perfect black bean veggie burger and, folks, I think we have a winner. My recipe is a hybrid of two recipes: this one and that one, which were excellent starting points. The recipe makes 6 patties. We have two left. Maybe we'll have burgers for lunch tomorrow and I'll get a picture.

We had the burgers on homemade bread (which I cut circles out of to make "buns") with a simple salad and sweet potato fries . . . seriously delicious.

Spicy Black Bean Burgers
Makes 6 patties


1 medium onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, finely diced
2 tsp. chili powder
2 tsp. paprika
1 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. red pepper flakes
2 tbsp. olive oil
¾ cup walnuts
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed or 1 cup cooked black beans
¼ cup medium salsa
¼ cup frozen corn
¾ cup bread crumbs
1 egg replacer (I use Ener-G egg replacer)
Salt and pepper to taste

1-2 large mushrooms, chopped
2 cloves garlic, diced finely
¼ cup onions, diced

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

In a heavy bottom pan, sauté the diced onion for 2 minutes. Add garlic and spices and continue to sauté until fragrant being careful not to burn the garlic. Remove this mixture with a slotted spoon and reserve in a bowl. This will leave a spicy, red olive oil in the pan. You will use this later to make the topping.

In the food processor, pulse the walnuts until they reach a coarse chop—don’t over pulse. Add the black beans, salsa, corn, bread crumbs and sautéed onions and egg replacer. Turn the food processor on and run it till the mixture is paste. Taste it and add salt and pepper till it tastes right to you. Process to incorporate. Let mixture sit for 5-10 minutes.

Spray or brush a cookie sheet with olive oil. Form mixture into six patties and place on cookie sheet. Spray or brush tops of patties with olive oil.

Bake for 15 minutes. Flip them once and bake for 5 minutes more.

Now for the topping. In the same pan and oil you used before, sauté the onions, mushrooms and garlic just until the onions are translucent.

Once the burgers are done, serve on warmed burger buns or in pita bread or by themselves. Spoon some of the topping onto the top of the burgers. Enjoy with sweet potato or zucchini fries.


Chessa said...

Those sound delicious! I'm going to give those a whirl the next time I'm in the mood for a great burger.

Naturalgurlaz said...

I just tried your burger recipe and they were excellent. I LUV them. Definitely a staple!

Chi-Chi said...

Thanks!!! I love them too.

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