Ok so I have to be honest, I don’t even remember what a hamburger tastes like. I haven’t had one since… middle school? Blech. So maybe I’m not an expert (ok, I’m totally not an expert) when it comes to Veggie burgers vs. Hamburgers, but let me tell you, this recipe turned out fantastic! So I must share.
I was inspired by Angela’s Vegan Black Bean Burger recipe, but as I got going, I ended up making some changes here and there… mostly based on what I had available. So here’s what I ended up with:
Veggie-tastic Bean Burger (Makes 3 large patties)
- 1 can black beans
- 1 1/2 cups baby carrots (makes about 3/4 cup grated carrots)
- 1/3 cup oats
- 1 1/2 tsp ground flax seeds (mixed with 1 1/2 tbs warm water)
- 1 tsp olive oil
- 1/2 tsp minced onion
- 1/2 tsp chili powder
- 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
- 1/4 tsp garlic salt
- 1/4 tsp coarse sea salt
- dash black pepper
I threw the carrots in the vitamix until they were nice and chopped, then I added in the oats and blended for another ~10 seconds or so. Then I added in almost the whole can of black beans (save a few for mixing in at the end), the olive oil, the flax “egg”, and all the lovely spices.
As I warned Sarena (the non-dairy queen!) it sort of looked like… someone puked in my blender.
However, after baking it for about 40 minutes (20 min on each side) it was ready for tasting! Since I didn’t have buns (and buns are over rated) I just threw these patties on some stir fried veggies. (Red, yellow & green peppers, plus some onions.)
I think my “dinner guest” enjoyed it as well. Then again, he’s the one who made me tofu… so I think I he’s adapting to my veggie addiction 😉
Are you a traditional Burger & Bun person, or do you like to load up with veggies? (Clearly, I’m into “Veggie on Veggie” action. teehee.)