The Veggie Burger

This recipe was adapted from restaurant menus/packaged veggie burger labels in the grocery store. Its both delicious and quick to make once the patties have been formed because they freeze really well. You can substitute the ingredients for other beans/use portobello mushrooms or other popular veggie burger ingredients instead.  Find your favourite combo and make it your own!

What You'll Need

 

PATTIES (makes ~14)

 

1 can (~540 ml) black beans

1 can (~540 ml) chickpeas (garbanzo beans)

1 can (~540 ml) whole kernel corn

1/2 cup water

1/4 cup fresh lemon juice

5 cloves fresh garlic

~1/4-1/3 cup white onion

salt & pepper to taste

~1/2 TSP paprika

~1/8 TSP each coriander, cumin & curry 

~2 cups spelt flour

TOPPINGS

 

White cheddar cheese

Baby spinach/arugula

Tomato slices

Dill pickles

Fresh red onion

veganaise

mustard

ketchup

*other ideas: fried onion & mushrooms, feta cheese, avocado, cucumber

Start by pouring the can of chickpeas, black beans and corn into a large colander and rinse them well. Then blend the mixture (~1-2 cups at a time) in a little bit of water and lemon juice. I never blend with enough water to make a puree otherwise the mixture ends up too wet and will requiring loads of flour to hold it together. Its ok to have a couple beans or corn bits unblended because it actually ends up being really tasty in the final product. 

Chop the onion & mince the garlic. Add them to the bean/corn blend along with the spices. Add the flour (more or less depending on how much water you used to blend everything)- enough to form small patties. Mix everything well with a large spoon.

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Fry the desired number of patties on medium heat with your oil of choice (I use avocado or grapeseed). Flatten the patty a little as you fry it. Be sure to cook evenly on both sides until the patty is more dense and brown. While it cooks you can prepare the toppings and cut some cheese. Once the patties are cooked, place them in a paper towel to soak up any residual oil. Put the patty in a baking tray and top with the sliced cheese- put in the oven along with the bread.

Once the cheese has melted and the bread has toasted nicely, take them out and let them cool slightly before building your burger!

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