Like most omnivores turned herbivore – we’ve eaten tons of veggie burgers in our day. It’s been years since I’ve eaten a “real” burger and I don’t even miss them, but veggie burgers? I admit it. I’m an herbivore and I love them.
For a long time I bought them frozen. Morning Star, Sunshine Burgers, Gardenburger. These are all great and especially handy when we need to make something quick – but these days I prefer to make my own burgers when it comes to having them for dinner. Inspired by Kath’s bean burger post I fine tuned my technique and we are reaping the bean burger rewards over here.
These are easy and cheap – two of my most two favorite adjectives ever.
Homemade Veggie Burgers
1 cup of black beans (if canned, rinsed and drained)
1/4 cup flour and/or rolled oats
2 to 3 Tbsp any of your favorite HFCS free bbq sauce (or ketchup, mustard…. some liquid to bind it together)
Optional 1/2 to 3/4 cup other veggies – possibilities include diced onions, chopped mushrooms, corn, garlic, bell pepper, finely chopped steamed broccoli, minced garlic
salt and pepper to taste
Mash beans in a bowl with fork or potato masher. Once sufficiently smashed – add sauce, flour or oats and optional veggies.
Made today with chopped raw mushrooms and flour.
Stir together until ingredients are well mixed. Add a little more sauce or flour as needed. Should be thick so that you can make patties in your hand. Will be slightly sticky.
Place burgers in a lightly oiled (I love my Misto!) pan on medium heat.
Let cook on one side 4 – 5 minutes. It’s ready to flip when you can easily free it from the pan with a spatula.
Once flipped, you can flatten your burger a bit more with your spatula now that this side is cooked and won’t stick to your spatula. Cook an additional 4 – 5 minutes, flip again and cook another 2 – 3 minutes on each side.
Makes 3 – 4 burgers, depending largely on the size of your patties and what other ingredients you add.
Served here on an Ezekiel roll and topped with lettuce, tomato, dill pickle and mustard – I hope your mouth is as big as mine.
A burger even an omnivore can love.