Burgers…what do you think of when you hear that? Juicy, beef burgers or turkey burger or are you like me and try and get creative with veggie burger recipes?
It is a constant search for the most delicious and inspiring burger recipe! Who wants the same ole, hum drum grilled burger on a bun. Not me, no way! Here a few of my favorites for you to try – ditch the hum drum and try something new.
Here is one I used to make constantly and they freeze well too – a BONUS.
Chick Pea Burgers
- 1 can of organic chickpeas, drained but save the liquid if you need to keep it vegan
- 1 carrot, grated finely
- 1 egg
- 1 garlic clove, chopped
- 1.5 tsp cumin
- 1.5 tsp coriander
- salt and pepper
- 2 Tbsp. flour
- oil for frying – I LOVE sunflower oil
Drain and rinse chickpeas, put them into the bowl of a food processor. Add garlic, spices, salt and pepper. Pulse until it is a rough paste. Add carrot, egg or some of the chickpea liquid if using, flour and process until mixed but rugged looking.
Heat oil in a frying pan on medium high heat. Shape mixture into small patties – about 3″and fry 2-3 minutes per side. Drain on paper towels. Makes 8 small patties for 4 servings. Serve in a pita pocket, your favorite roll or on top of a bed of greens.
Favorite toppings? A green goddess tahini dressing, mayo or mustard, tomatoes, lettuce, cilantro – the sky is the limit people!!!
***You can freeze these patties before frying***
Black Bean Burger
Adapted from Ree Drummond, The Pioneer Woman
- 2 cups black beans, drained and mashed with a fork
- 1 cup homemade breadcrumbs – I make my own from leftover homemade bread, just toss into a food processor then store in freezer bag until you need them.
- 1/4 cup grated onion
- 1/2 tsp. chili powder
- 1 egg
- salt and pepper
- oil to fry
Mix everything together in a bowl. Form into 2 patties.
Heat oil to medium- medium high and fry patties for 4 minutes per side. Add cheese if desired – well duh of course cheese!!! Cover with lid, turn heat off to melt cheese for a minute.
Place on a bun and top with salsa, sour cream, chopped avocado, cilantro and ranch dressing, oh yeah!
How about I give you just one meat burger recipe?
- 1/4 – 1/3 pound ORGANIC ground turkey
- 1 tsp. ketchup
- splash of worchestershire sauce
- salt and pepper, about 1/8th tsp each
- 1 Tbsp. chopped onion
- 1 Tbsp. olive oil
Mix everything but the oil into a bowl. Do not over mix or you will have a tough burger!
Heat oil in small skillet at medium to medium high. Make a patty and flatten down slightly. Fry 4-5 minutes per side. Add favorite cheese and melt. OR Top with local pimento cheese – oh…my…goodness – deliciousness!
Now, I saved the absolute BEST for last. I cannot stop making this burger. It is a Shiitake Pecan veggie burger that has all the componenets of a fabulous burger, you may even get a meat eater to like it!
Shiitake Pecan Burger
An incredibly delicious veggie burger made with fresh shiitake mushrooms and toasted pecans.
- 1/4 cup bread crumbs, homemade is best
- 1/4 cup pecans, lightly toasted chopped
- 1/4 cup parmesan or pecorino romano cheese grated
- 1 sprig fresh rosemary
- 1 vidalia onion sliced, thinly
- 2 cups shiitakes, diced
- 1/2 tbsp organic soy or tamari sauce
- 1/2 tbsp worcestershire sauce
- 3-4 tbsp olive oil extra virgin
- egg, vegetable broth or chick pea liquid to bind!
First heat a saute pan over medium heat, toast pecans for just a few minutes, watch carefully. Remove to a dish and add bread crumbs, rosemary and cheese. Mix and set aside.
Using same pan, add 1 tablespoon oil or butter if desired. Carmelize onions over medium to medium low heat. This will take about 15 minutes. Remove to a bowl to cool.
Turn pan up to medium high. Add 1-2 tbsp. oil or butter and cook shiitakes for a few minutes until golden, about 8-10 minutes. Remove to bowl of onions, let cool.
Add onion and mushrooms to bowl with bread crumb mixture. Stir in sauces and 1 tbsp. olive oil. Add just a bit of whisked egg or broth or liquid from chick peas if you have it. This binds the burger together well. Mix well, squish into a ball and place this into the refrigerator for 30 minutes to stick together.
Preheat oven to 400o I use a small cast iron pan. Divide burger mixture into 2-4 balls depending how large you want. These will not act like meat patties so make a "meatball" then press into the pan. Bake for 15 minutes without turning. Add cheese, if desired.
I mean, JUST LOOK AT IT! My mouth is watering as I finish this post.
I sure hope you have enjoyed this – let me know what YOUR favorite burger recipe is. Comment below and share with friends!!!
Blessing to you all,