Told you I'd be back with a veggie burger! A good one, at that. No, I take that back. A REALLY good one. Might be my favorite one, even. It's a tie between this one and the quinoa black bean burgers from last year.
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 a half of a packet of Aloha Daily Good Greens Original to pack even more superfoods & healthiness into these burgers - the more fruits and vegetables, the better.
Nut + Seed Veggie Burgers (only faintly changed from this recipe)
- 1/2 cup onion, minced
- 1 clove garlic, mined
- Flax eggs: 2 1/2 tbsp ground flax + 1/2 cup warm water, mixed in bowl until combined
- 1 cup oats, processed into flour
- 1.5 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 Original
- 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 tsp salt and 1 tsp 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. Saute onions and garlic in 1/2 tablespoon olive oil.
Place all ingredients except for Aloha Daily Good Greens Original, spices and salt into a large bowl and stir well. You basically want to stir until you feel your arm might go numb. 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 saute them in a small bit of oil in a skillet or bake in a 350 degree oven for 15 minutes on each side. Because this recipe makes 8 patties, I froze most of them, and they tasted great fresh and frozen. They can also be made into sliders for a healthy appetizer to take to your next party.
Jams well with: music from It's Complicated - it's perfect for moseying around in the kitchen, prepping the ingredients and reminding yourself of how good you'll feel after you've prepared something homemade and nourishing! The music is also great. You won't have to press the next button. Which is good because you'll be elbow-deep in burger batter. :)