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Veggie Burgers Recipe

For years I have had vegetable gardens with a variety of different produce items. The staple foods I always make sure to grow are onions, sweet peppers, Garlic, Potatoes and Tomatoes. While fresh salads and having cut veggies for snacks are great, I sometimes get bored of the same old same old. 

It wasn't until recently when I discovered a new plant based burger in the frozen food isle I got to thinking, whatever happened to those delicious Garden Burgers that were super popular in the late 90's and early 2000's? Well that's when I set out to make my own! 

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A couple things I struggled with was moisture = mushy burgers and to counter that I was needing flour... a lot of flour. So I dug a little deeper to find that some companies are using Oats! GENIUS! I always have them on hand, they last forever if stored correctly so I gave it a go.
 Now the two primary ingredients in this recipe are Black Beans and Mushrooms. If you don't enjoy one of them just replace with equal parts of the other. This recipe is super forgiving, especially if you have more of something that the other. 

Equipment needed is a couple large bowls for mixing, a veggie peeler and while a food processor helps, you can skip that step. 

 

Begin by peeling and chopping your vegetables. Smaller the better. Then combine the following in a large bowl, 1/3 Cup Grated Carrots, 1/2 cups finely chopped sweet peppers, 1 cup rough chopped mushrooms (I use portobello for more flavor), 1/2 a medium Sweet onion Minced, 2 Cloves of Garlic Minced or 2 tsp of Garlic Powder. Mix well with a large spoon and set aside. 

Next you will need another large bowl and to it add 1 cup of Black beans rinse and drained, 2 tbs Soy Sauce and 2 Cups of Oats. I prefer old fashion oats so they don't get soggy. Then add in 1/2 tsp Paprika, 1/4 tsp Oregano, 2 tsp Parsley, 1/4 tsp Black Pepper and 1/2 tsp Salt. Mix with a large spoon until everything is evenly coated. 

NOTE: Another option is swapping out half or all of the oats for TVP. I like to do 1 cup of Oats and 1 Cup of TVP. 

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Heat a large non stick skillet over medium high heat, add 1.5 tbs Olive Oil to the pan. Saute' your vegetable mix for about 6-7 mins to help rid most of the moisture. Set aside to cool for about 10 minutes or until cool to the touch. 

Note: If you want your Burgers to have a more authentic burger flavor, add a few drops of Liquid Smoke, this is totally optional though.

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Once cooled, combine the two bowls together, the bean mixture and veggie mixture in one. Start by mixing with a large spoon then with clean hands, start kneading the mixture like you would with bread dough. Picking up one side and folding it down in the middle using a moderate pressure. Continue kneading and folding the mix by and until you are able to for patties. The goal is to emulsify everything the best we can. If you just mix everything with a spoon, your mix wont hold together. After the begin holding shape, form 5-6 patties.

At this stage you can either freeze them for another day or cook them. 

If you want to freeze them, first place them on a flat surface that will fit in your freezer like a cutting board or cookie sheet. Let freeze over night. The following day remove them from the freezer and use a vacuum sealer to bag them, getting all the air out first.

I highly suggest this method for freezing as with any high moisture items, they will eventually get frost and they wont taste very good.

If you're ready to cook them you can do so on a medium to high heat for 3-4 mins each side. Try not to flip more than needed and try to cook with low amounts of oil as both things can cause them to fall apart. 

That's it! Place on buns, add your toppings and enjoy!

Ingredients

1 cup of Black beans rinse and drained
2 tbs Soy Sauce
2 Cups of Oats or TVP
1/2 tsp Paprika
1/4 tsp Oregano
2 tsp Parsley
1/4 tsp Black Pepper
1/2 tsp Salt
 1/3 Cup Grated Carrots
1/2 cups finely chopped sweet peppers
1 cup rough chopped mushrooms
1/2 a medium Sweet onion Minced
2 Cloves of Garlic Minced or 2 tsp of Garlic Powder.

Optional: Liquid Smoke

Directions

1. Peel and chop your vegetables, Smaller the better. C

2. In a large bowl combine the Carrots, Sweet Peppers, Mushrooms Sweet Onion and Garlic. Mix well with a large spoon and set aside. 

3. In another bowl combine the Black beans, Soy Sauce and Oats, 1/2 tsp Paprika, Oregano, Parsley, Black Pepper and Salt. Mix with a large spoon until everything is evenly coated. 

4. Heat a large non stick skillet over medium high heat with Olive Oil then Saute' your vegetable mix for about 6-7 mins to help rid most of the moisture. Set aside to cool for about 10 minutes or until cool to the touch. 

5. Once cooled, combine your cooked veggie mix with your Oat and Bean mix and knead the mixture by hand until mixture sticks well enough to form patties. This recipe makes approx 5-6 patties.

6. Cook on medium high heat 3-4 min each side. Remember, everything is cooked, you just want to get it hot enough to each and to also crisp up the outside.

 Cooks Tips:

-If you decide to use Liquid smoke go light, just a couple drops will give you the BBQ taste you're looking for.
-I like to make my meals ahead during the day or earlier in the week. Dinner time is always crazy in my house so I like to freeze these before even if for a couple hours to help keep them together when cooking.
-Allergic to soy? Swap equal parts soy sauce for Liquid Aminos.
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