I have been a vegetarian for a few years now and a vegan for almost a year. I use to buy packaged veggie burgers. They were good and they still are. They’re convenient and I will probably still buy them once in a blue moon, but we like to eat burgers. I do not want to eat some packaged stuff all the time only because even when you buy good quality and organic it is still processed and packaged. Therefore, not as good for you and the environment!
I always thought that veggie burgers were difficult to make and they required fancy equipment, which as a minimalist I do not have. But they do not!!! Actually, I have been making 2 varieties lately and you can change the recipe as often as you want once you get the basics. All you need is a fork, a grater and a bowl. If you really want to be fancy you can use a potato masher and a mandoline!
First – you need veggies – shredded of course.
Second – you need protein – could be mashed legumes or tofu (even though I am not sure if tofu would “hold” very well).
Third – you need something that will hold it up together – starch (like potatoes) or egg replacer in the form of flax seeds or chia seeds. I also add bread crumbs.
Fourth – you need flavor – herbs and spices depending on the theme you want to make and the veggies you used.
Now in the picture above, I have used red beans that I had cooked and froze some other time. I mashed them. Don’t forget that legumes already are starchy, so it helps! I added grated carrots and mushrooms, flax seed for liaison (I used the equivalent of an egg, but I should have used more. Probably equivalent to 2-3 eggs would have done a better job), bread crumbs, parsley, oregano and paprika.
Then I mixed everything and put it into the desired shape! I cooked them with a dash of hot olive oil in the pan, about 4 minutes on each side! And VOILA! Yummy homemade burgers. They are healthy with no additives and no preservatives. You can play around with the ingredients to your liking or use what you have available in your fridge and pantry!
Use your imagination to create a variety. While you’re at it, you can make many of different kinds in one day and freeze them individually. They are always great for an easy supper. You can have them exotic or spicy! Be wild!!! And enjoy!!!
See it is that simple.
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