BURGERS

April 24, 2011 § 3 Comments

I LOVE BURGERS.

Burgers are so satisfying. I am so grateful for their existence in the world.

My favorite burgers are:

1. The Bristol Lounge – The Four Seasons Hotel in Boston – The Bristol Burger

2. In-n-out – Cheeseburger

3. Burger Joint – Cheeseburger

4. Shake Shack – Double Stack

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I apologize, I have been a little misleading thus far in this post.  I am coming clean now.  This recipe is for a burger, all right.  A REALLY delicious *cough* (veggie) *cough* burger.

PLEASE KEEP READING!

If you’re like me, you’ve never entertained the thought of ordering, eating, and let alone making a veggie-burger. But this week, some weird force took over and I ordered a veggie-burger at my local deli for lunch and it was mind-blowingly phenomenal! I knew I had to try to make my own.  My own meat-only-loving brother ate three of these burgers and said they were delicious. I generously adapted this recipe from Guy Fieri, and I really hope you enjoy it!

One note:

1. This is really good, but if you don’t have a food processor it might be a little labor intensive.  You would have to dice everything and mash the beans by hand, which is fine and a pretty good workout, but I highly suggest you use a food processor that will make your job a lot easier. 🙂 Any ol’ food processor will do, just like my ancient one below that we’ve had in my family for years. (Gets the job done!)

Veggie Burgers Recipe

Adapted from Guy Fieri

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces olive oil
  • 1 small red onion
  • 4 tablespoons diced pitted black olives
  • 1/2 large green bell pepper or 1 small green bell pepper
  • 1 diced jalapeno
  • 2 tablespoons diced garlic
  • 4 tablespoons diced artichoke hearts
  • 15 ounces black beans, drained
  • 15 ounces chickpeas, drained
  • 8 ounces rolled oats
  • 1 teaspoon Hungarian paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (not necessary, use only to taste)
  • 2 cups of bread crumbs, divided

Directions

In a food processor, blend together the red onion, bell pepper, garlic, olives, and jalapeno. In a medium saute pan over medium heat, add 1-ounce olive oil and this blend of raw vegetables except beans. Saute until translucent. Remove and cool.

In the food processor, gently pulse all the beans and oats together until they form a coarse mixture, and all the beans have been mashed.  Add the sauteed veggies to the beans and mix thoroughly.  Add the paprika, salt (if necessary), artichoke hearts, and 1 cup of bread crumbs and mix well. Form into around 10-12 patties, depending on size, and then dip each pattie into the remaining cup of bread crumbs until lightly coated on each side.

In a large fry or grill-pan, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil on  medium high heat and fry patties for 2-3 minutes on each side, or until golden.  Serve HOT!

Serve with or without cheese (I chose cheddar) and buns.  I toasted mine alongside the patties on the frying pan. Ketchup, sriracha, lettuce, tomato, yum.

Also, I think this would taste really good with chipotle mayo.  Just thinking out loud now. And french fries. Mmm…

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