I’m not a vegetarian (though I can’t remember the last time I’ve had meat), but I LOVE veggie burgers. I do not, however, like store-bought veggie burgers. Those things are just. Not good. At the risk of sounding like a veggie burger snob, I just have to say that you may have a hard time buying ones at the market after you roll up your sleeves, set aside an hour of time, and make your new favorite burger, whether you’re a vegetarian or not.
These are slightly altered from Angela, one of my longtime favorite bloggers. Knowing how good this burger turned out, I cannot wait to try out all of her other veggie burgers. HELLO, THAI SWEET POTATO BURGERS! To give the burgers a slight twist, I added half of a packet of ALOHA Daily Good Greens to pack even more superfoods and healthiness into these burgers—the more fruits and vegetables, the better.
1/2 cup onion, minced
1 clove garlic, mined
Flax eggs: 2 1/2 tablespoons ground flax + 1/2 cup warm water, mixed in bowl until combined
1 cup oats, processed into flour
1 1/2 cups gluten-free breadcrumbs (I didn’t have bread, so I just pulsed some unsalted brown rice cakes!)
1 cup grated carrots
1 cup black beans, drained and rinsed
1/3 cup almonds, chopped
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon soy sauce/tamari
1/2 packet ALOHA Daily Good Greens
2 teaspoons chili powder
1/2 teaspoon paprika (or smoked paprika, if you have it!)
1 teaspoon oregano
Fine sea salt and black pepper, to taste (about 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1 teaspoon of pepper!)
For serving: avocado slices, fresh herbs—cilantro, basil, salsa, shredded cabbage
To start, create your flax seed meal “egg” in a small bowl and set aside for at least 15 minutes. Prepare the rest of the ingredients while you wait—pulsing the oats into flour, chopping almonds, measuring seeds. Sauté onions and garlic in half of a tablespoon of olive oil.
Place all ingredients except for ALOHA Daily Good Greens, spices, and salt into a large bowl and stir well. Add remaining spices, Daily Good, and seasonings, and stir until all ingredients have been thoroughly mixed.
Shape the dough into patties, being careful to keep the burger tightly packed so it does not fall apart. Place on a baking sheet and allow to rest in freezer or fridge.
To cook the patties, simply sauté them in a small bit of oil in a skillet or bake in a 350°F degree oven for 15 minutes on each side. Because this recipe makes eight patties, I froze most of them. They tasted great fresh and frozen. They can also be made into sliders for a healthy appetizer to take to your next party.
Photo Credit: Elizabeth Batte, Julia Frost on Flickr