I found this luscious looking veggie burger over on Sue’s blog, The View from Great Island.  Go check her out at http://theviewfromgreatisland.com/

The Ultimate Veggie Burger
makes 4 burgers
1 cup cooked red rice
1 cup cooked black beans
1/2 cup rough chopped colorful bell peppers
1/2 cup rough chopped Portobello mushroom
1/2 cup shredded zucchini (about 1 small)
1/3 cup bread crumbs
1 egg, beaten
1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce (substitute soy sauce if vegetarian)
1/2 tsp smoked salt
1/4 tsp cumin
fresh cracked black pepper to taste
sliced cheese, if desired

  • Put the rice in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the metal blade.  Pulse the machine until the rice has broken down but still has some texture.  Don’t process into a paste, but break down the rice so there are no big pieces.
  • Remove the rice to a bowl, and then put the black beans in and do the same thing.  Measure out 1/2 cup of the processed beans and add to the bowl.
  • Put the bell peppers and mushrooms into the processor and pulse until finely chopped.  Add them to the bowl (I used 1/2 cup measured after processing)
  • Add the shredded zucchini, bread crumbs, beaten egg, Worcestershire sauce and spices.  Add lots of fresh cracked black pepper, and mix everything together until completely combined.
  • At this point your mixture should resemble a meatloaf or meatball mixture: moist and sticky but not too wet.  If it seems overly wet, add a bit more bread crumbs.
  • Using an ice cream scoop or spoon, take a fourth of the mixture and form it into a ball.  Place on a square of waxed paper and cover with another square.  Press down to flatten slightly and then flatten with a tortilla press or a plate, using gentle even pressure to press the burger into a round. Use your fingers to even it out.
  • Stack the burgers on a plate, in their waxed paper, and refrigerate for at least an hour to allow them to firm up.
  • Grease your pan with olive oil and cook the burgers for about 4 or 5 minutes on each side, until they are hot through and crisp on the outside.  Be careful when flipping them because they are delicate.  Homemade veggie burgers probably won’t work on a grill because of their delicate texture, but you could try if you have a special pan.
  • Add a slice of cheese at the end of the cooking time, if using.
  •  Serve right away in a bun with all your favorite fixin’s!
 

Tips for veggie burger success:

  • Use flavorful whole grains as your base.  The Wehani red rice I used has got a great rust color and wonderful flavor and texture.  It’s my new favorite rice around here.
  • Cook your beans from dried.  It’s not that much effort, and you can double or triple the recipe and freeze extra burgers for later.  Canned beans will make a mushy burger with a ‘canned’ taste.
  • Slightly under cook your rice and beans until they are just barely tender.  They should have a nutty bite to them.
  • Be gentle with them, they are delicate like a crab cake would be.  Transfer them from their paper onto the pan carefully, and flip them carefully.  Their delicate texture when raw is what makes them delicious after they are cooked.
  • Veggie burgers are on the thin side, so don’t overwhelm them with huge buns.
  • Treat veggie burgers just like you would a meat burger— use all your favorite burger toppings!
  • If you freeze them, first freeze them flat, in their waxed paper, then you can stack them in freezer baggies.
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