Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Excitement in the Kitchen: Veggie Burgers

Last week was exciting as I tried all new recipes. I tried to follow the recipes pretty closely, but (as always) I ended up changing a few things. However, all the meals turned out great!

First, I made veggie burgers. Hubby was not too excited when I announced that I’d make homemade veggie burgers. I think he remembered some horribly mushy “veggie burgers” I tried to make some time ago out of leftover rice and all sorts of other leftover veggies I had found in the fridge. Let’s just say they weren’t my finest creation.

However, Alison’s recipe was awesome, and I followed it pretty much. I didn’t have sunflower seeds, but I’ll make sure to add some next time. I also didn’t use a food processor as I only have a mini food processor. So I did what Alison suggested and got a nice arm workout! I think my right arm may forever be larger than my left… :o) Just kidding; it actually wasn’t that hard!

Here are the main ingredients for the veggie burgers (minus the fake pumpkin). Also, not pictured are the 3 cloves of garlic I used:

Veggie Burgers 01

I started by cooking one cup of quinoa in 2 cups of water for about 15 minutes. I have to admit that I didn’t measure very well, so there may have been a bit too much water…

In the meantime, I smashed up the cannellini beans and worked in three-fourth of a cup of ground flaxseed. Once the quinoa was done, I added it and worked the mixture some more (and my right arm). I used a fork as well as my potato smasher… I don’t think my mixture got as smooth as Alison’s in the food processor, but it worked just fine…

Veggie Burgers 02

And here are the burgers right after I put them into the pan.

Veggie Burgers 03

After cooking them on each side for about 5-8 minutes, I put mine on top of some lettuce, tomatoes, & avocado.

Veggie Burgers 04

And I put hubby’s and the teenager’s on buns with avocado, tomato, & lettuce. They also added ketchup and mustard to their burgers.

Veggie Burgers 05

These are definitely going to be a staple in our house!

I have another meal from last week to share with you later. And I will also come up with a simple meal plan as our week is going to be very busy.

Question: What do you like to put on your (veggie) burger? I think I have asked this question before, but it's fun... I love to add good, crumbled blue cheese (on special occasions).

Be well,



  1. I top mine with avocado, tomato, romaine, and BBQ sauce :)

  2. Ah, THANK YOU for this recipe! My husband has a similar reaction to yours so I've been waiting to find a good recipe to try them with so that he won't have a bad memory forever :)

  3. Yum, that looks great!

    I like to top my burgers with cheese and onions!

  4. I always struggle with getting patties/burgers to hold their form because I never add the grains/breadcrumbs! But adding quinoa - BRILLIANT! Thanks for the great idea!

  5. Ooooh, I LOVE veggie burgers and this recipe is a new one for me - am copying and pasting this one!

    I love a little German mustard on mine - yum.

  6. Anonymous10/20/2009

    These look absolutely delicious with cannellini beans and I love the healthy addition of flax seeds!

  7. those look great! I may need to try this recipe.

    I love avocado on them.

  8. I like me a good EVERYTHING veg burger.

    I'm gonna have to give that burger a try!
    looks great!

  9. I usually like to keep my burgers simple: mustard, sliced dill pickles, a little bit of ketchup, some thinly sliced onion, a few hot banana pepper rings and if I'm feeling it, some cheddar cheese. When I want to get fancy, I eat them with no bun and crumble blue cheese and bruschetta mixture on top and nuke it till cheese melts a little. Yum!

  10. These look great! I love making veggie burgers just like a would a regular burger--ketchup, lettuce, tomato, onion, mmmmmmmm!

  11. Anonymous10/20/2009

    Oh these look great, and simple!! Yay for simplicity! lol!! I love real cheese of any kind on my burgers, lettuce, tomatoes, extra pickles, ketchup & mustard! Yum!

  12. Do you think you could freeze these after they are cooked? Like if you made a big batch of them? They look absolutely delicious.

    I just like my veggie burgers with mustard.

  13. ahhhh these veggie burgers look amazing! i love all the ingredients - beans, quinoa and flax. did you add any spices or anything?

  14. I like to add lots of Franks hot sauce! As well as lettuce, tomatoe, onion, and feta. Mmmmm... I'm getting hungry :)

  15. Diane: I haven't tried freezing them, but I think they would freeze well. I was actually thinking the same thing. I love having some veggie burgers in the freezer for an easy lunch or dinner, and making them yourself is cheaper and healthier.

    Holly: I put just a little bit of salt in the water to boil the quinoa. And I added a tiny bit of black pepper to the mixture. I think it could be really fun to experiment with all different kinds of spices - red pepper flakes, curry powder, homemade Italian seasoning blend... Oh, the possibilities... :o)

  16. I bought a small jar of Kimchi to try it and can't really get past the look! Can you suggest a soup or casserole that I could make and use it. I really want to give it a chance but I realize I may have to ease into it! I'm thinking a vegetable soup?

  17. Kathy: My favorite kimchi dish is kimchi stew. I have a recipe listed in my recipes under "chicken dishes." I have also emailed you some more "kimchi info."

    I have never really made a vegetable soup with kimchi. Has anyone else? If so, please share!

  18. These sound great!

  19. I love veggies burgers. Looks great. As much as I like my meat, I still like to go for the veggie version any day.

  20. I've book marked that recipe! Looks good AND easy!!

    I like hummus on mine...