Monday, July 26, 2010

Meatless Monday ~ Vegetarian Burgers Five Ways

Welcome back to the Booth for Meatless Monday!

Around here in the Conscious Shopper home, we eat bean burgers at least once a week. Every time I make them, I double the recipe, so we almost always have bean burgers in the freezer for a quick lunch or dinner. I am a huge fan of beans and have never met a bean burger I didn't like. My meat-loving husband likes them because they aren't weird like so many vegetarian dishes, and they pair well with french fries. We're always happy to have an excuse to eat french fries.

My favorite type of bean burger uses butter beans, but it's also a great basic bean burger recipe that can be modified to fit any kind of bean.


COST: $.75 per serving (not including buns or toppings)*

2 cups cooked butter beans (or 1 can butter beans, drained and rinsed)
1 small onion, chopped
6 saltine crackers, crushed (or lately I've been using bread crumbs)
1 egg, beaten
1/2 c. shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 c. vegetable oil for frying
  • In a medium bowl, mash the butter beans with a fork.
  • Mix in onion, crackers, egg, cheese, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
  • Shape into burger sized patties. Makes about 5 patties.
  • Heat oil in a large skillet.
  • Fry patties until golden, about 3 minutes on each side.
  • Serve on buns with the fixin's.
:: If using pinto beans, replace garlic powder with with 1 tsp cilantro and 1/8 tsp cumin.

:: If using black beans, replace the garlic with some chili powder, cumin, and chopped up green peppers.

Another bean burger we like is kind of like a vegetarian chicken patty. We like to eat it either on a bun like a burger or with gravy and mashed potatoes.


COST: $0.45 per serving*

2 c. cooked chickpeas (or 1 can, drained and rinsed)
3/4 cup quick oats
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
salt and pepper to taste
2-3 Tbsp. oil for frying
  • In a food processor, process the chickpeas with 1/2 cup of water to make a smooth, thick paste.
  • Place the chickpea puree in a mixing bowl andd add the garlic, salt, and pepper.
  • Mix well, adding additional water or oats as necessary to make a mixture that keeps its shape.
  • Shape into patties. I usually get about six patties.
  • In a frying pan, heat a small amount of oil.
  • Fry the patties until golden brown, about 10 minutes on each side, adding more oil as necessary.

The last burger recipe I'm going to share has some unusual ingredients - instead of beans, it uses walnuts and oats - but it comes out with a surprising meat-like consistency. You can also crumble them and use in place of ground beef in recipes like spaghetti or sloppy joes.

from the Laurel's Kitchen cookbook

COST: $1.00 per serving (not including buns or toppings)*

3/4 cup walnuts
1 c. quick oats
2 eggs
1/4 c. milk
onion, chopped fine
1/2 tsp. sage
1/2 tsp. salt
black pepper to taste
oil to brown patties
2 c. vegetable stock
  • Grind walnuts in a blender and combine with oats, eggs, milk, onion, sage, salt, and pepper. Form about 6 patties.
  • Brown patties on both sides in a lightly oiled skillet, then pour the stock into the skillet and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 25 minutes.
  • Serve on buns with "the fixin's" or crumble and use as you would hamburger in chili beans, spaghetti sauce, etc. (We also eat it with gravy like in the last recipe.)
Now what I really need is a really awesome falafel recipe. Anyone have one?

* Costs are based on prices in my area. Your costs may vary.
** Sorry for the lame photos. These are really old before I knew anything about food photography, and I didn't have time to redo them.

Be sure to peek at all of the recipes that were entered last week, and add yours this week using Mr. Linky below.


Nana Sadie said...

Oh those look great! I'll have to try them.
(yes, I love the opportunity for French fries, anytime!)
I've posted my Meatless Monday Farmer's Market edition today - a new love? Cherokee Purple Heirloom tomatoes..

Julie @ Gettin' Healthy....Still Cheap... said...

Mmmmm....chickpea patties for me!

Thanks for the Monday linky!

Erin aka Conscious Shopper said...

Looks like I accidentally included the linked up recipes from last week. I'm obviously clueless about how to use mr linky...Thank goodness Kellie usually writes these posts!

Sweet and Savory said...

Come on over and link this up to My Meatless Mondays. I just posted a veggie burger.

Jenn the Greenmom said...

I have a falafel recipe!

It's not "really" falafel, but it's easy and amazingly fast, and tastes really good. Since it uses hummus, it already has a good bit of seasoning, and you can always add...


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