So recently my adorable vegetarian in the sorority (I cook for a sorority) asked if we could do a completely veggie dinner & let me know she was willing to help cook. I'm a fan of figuring out cool options for vegetarians instead of just feeding them pasta & salad. So veggie burgers & homemade fries sounded perfect. (I cut them into steak fries...totally appropriate for a vegan/veggie meal right?)
Anyways. Off to Pinterest I went. Found a recipe. And....adapted it. They are SO yummy!!! I highly recommend using a food processor for several steps or these turn out a bit more rustic/chunky.
The Best Veggie Burger EVER:
- 1 can garbanzo beans (drained & rinsed)
- 1 can black beans (drained & rinsed)
- 8oz. roasted beets (diced large after roasted)
- 1/2 c. cooked wild (or brown) rice
- 1/2 of a large bermuda onion (cut in 1/2 again...thats 2 1/4'snow for all you math geniuses)
- 2 Tbsp. minced garlic
- 1/4 c. oat flour (make your own, its easy)
- 1 tsp. fresh thyme (pull leaves off the stems)
- 1/2 Tbsp. ground cumin
- sea salt & fresh ground black pepper to taste (1 tsp. of each)
- Take roasted, diced beets & put them in the food processor. Pulse till minced. Do not puree. Place in mixing bowl.
- Do the same process with both cans of beans, leaving them with some texture not mushed. Add to the mixing bowl.
- Place one section of onion in the food pro. Blend till smooth. Add to mixing bowl.
- Finely dice the other 1/4 of the onion or carefully use the food pro to dice it. Add to mixing bowl.
- Add everything else (garlic, rice, flour, thyme & spices) & mix well using hands.
- If you are afraid of the beet color wear food handlers gloves, places hands in plastic baggies or just suck it up. It washes off easier than you think.
- Taste a small amount of the mixture. Adjust seasoning as your prefer.
- Divide mixture into 6 equal balls (I used a 5oz. portion scoop) & form the patties.
- Place patties on a lightly buttered/oiled/sprayed cookie sheet.
- Place pan in the fridge for 20 minutes.
- While the patties hang out (to firm up a bit) get the buns, lettuce, tomatoes, etc ready. (I used butter lettuce, fresh roma toms, homemade thyme dijonnaise & ciabatta/torta rolls for the buns.)
- After twenty minutes in a non stick pan melt some butter (or use evoo) & lightly fry up both sides of the burgers. You really just want to crisp them up, get them warm through & if watned to melt some yummy cheese you may add.
- Serve immediately. (With steak fries! lol)