Incredibly Easy Veggie Burger

Incredibly Easy Veggie Burger

I have enjoyed many a veggie burger, but those burgers were not fruits of my labor. I ordered them at restaurants, bought frozen in boxes, cajoled my mother to make them when she visited.

But I wouldn’t make them. They were too much work, too much chopping, too many peels in my kitchen trash bin. They sometimes cooked funny, and they were inevitably expensive because of all the ingredients.  💰 💰 💰

Not this burger. This burger is awesome. (okay, all those other burgers were awesome too, but listen to the reasons this one is awesome).

First, it’s cheap-cheap-cheap to make. I spent less than ten dollars on ingredients, and that makes about 6 burgers. There’s some frozen things in here (frozen chopped kale and frozen corn), but since you don’t use the whole package, it’s even cheaper the next time you make them. Just pull the leftover corn and kale out of your freezer and you’re good to go.

Incredibly Easy Veggie Burger

Second, it just might be the easiest veggie burger ever, because there’s so little chopping involved. A food processor/blender/what-have-you does most of the work. You only need to chop two things — a red pepper and a jalapeno. Well, I guess three if you count the onion, but you’re not chopping that. You’re making a single cut, tossing the peel (which practically falls off by itself), and then putting the cut bit in the blender. No onion tears! Extra points. You bake it in a loaf pan, and then slice it up. No flipping or oily splatters from a skillet.

Third, you can slice it up, freeze the individual slices, and then have burgers for days! Easy dinner. Just nuke it for a minute to defrost and then toss it under the broiler for some nice toasty char. I usually take my own dinner when I eat at my in-laws, because our diets are rather different and I don’t want to have them make anything special just for me. Anyways, I went over there on Sunday, exhausted after my first long-ish (slow, cold, plodding) run of the season, and it was wonderful to just heat this up without having to scrap together a salad.

I ate it with ketchup 😁

Which leads me to my fourth point….it’s versatile! You can have in tacos with salsa, plain over your favorite salad, or open faced on toast with ketchup and a pickle. Or no pickle.

And, yeah, I will conceded that this is NOT the prettiest burger that you’ve ever seen, but um, after it’s in your belly and you’re happy, are you really gonna care?

Incredibly Easy Veggie Burger

 

Incredibly Easy Veggie Burger

Yield: 6 burgers

Ingredients

  • 2 cans of chickpeas, well drained
  • 1/3 purple onion
  • 1 cup baby carrots
  • 1/4 cup frozen corn
  • 1 cup frozen chopped kale (non-brick form)
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 jalapeno
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp flax (optional but highly recommended)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 450
  2. In a blender, pulse together the chickpeas, carrots, and onion. Be very careful and quick. You are aiming for a coarse grind, not a paste.
  3. Chop up the red pepper and the jalapeno.
  4. Combine the chickpea mix, both peppers, the frozen corn, the frozen kale, the garlic powder, and the salt. Add the flax if using.
  5. Press mix into a lined loaf pan. Bake for 40-45 minutes, or until toasty golden on top
  6. Allow to cool slightly before slicing -- if sliced too soon, it will be a little crumbly.
  7. Turn the oven up to broil, and with quick hands, slice and shape a burger. Don't burn yourself!
  8. Broil for a minute or two on each side.
  9. Serve with love
http://kitchenwindowclovers.com/incredibly-easy-veggie-burger/

really easy veggie burger

 

Brussels Sprout Sweet Potato Burgers

I love Brussels sprouts!

I love the way they taste, but I also love that they are so healthy. The are so full of the best things, like cancer-fighting vitamins, and potassium, which is an anti-inflammatory. Happy knees, happy runner!

Now you can eat these all on their own (they’re vegan!) or you can eat them with an egg (not vegan of course, but totally delicious and full of protein).  Runners love protein like they love their Garmins. And they’re gluten-free and I’m pretty sure they’re paleo, too. Everybody’s happy!

 

Brussels Sprout Sweet Potato Burgers

Yield: 6-8 patties (serves 2 as main)

Serving Size: 3-4 patties

Brussels Sprout Sweet Potato Burgers

Ingredients

  • 1 lb Brussels sprouts
  • 1 medium sweet potato
  • 2 medium-small cloves garlic, grated or crushed
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp thyme
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • some coconut oil for the pan
  • optional eggs for serving

Instructions

  1. While you're gathering the rest of your ingredients, prepare the sweet potato. It's best if the potato is somewhat cooled off before you make the patty.*
  2. Scrub the potato and wrap it in damp paper towels. Microwave the potato for 5 minutes. Set aside.
  3. Cut all the little heels off the sprouts.
  4. Shred the sprouts. I did this in my food processor, and it was so fast!
  5. Combine the shredded sprouts, the garlic, salt, thyme, cayenne, and cumin. Mix well.
  6. Heat a little bit of coconut oil in a pan over medium-high heat. Cook the shredded spouts for about 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat.
  7. Peel the potato and smash it in the bottom of a bowl. Add the par-cooked sprouts over it. Combine and mix well.
  8. Form patties that are about 1/4 inch thick and 3 inches in diameter.
  9. Heat a little more oil in the pan, over medium heat this time.
  10. Cook the patties for three minutes on on side, and then flip and cook for three more minutes. Remove from heat, sprinkle with a little more salt and cayenne, and serve. They taste wonderful with a sunny-side up egg

Notes

* I prepared the potato awhile before I made the rest of the recipe. You could even nuke the potato when you get home from work and then just let it sit on the counter until you're ready to make dinner. It's not critical to the recipe for the potato to be cool, but it will be a lot kinder on your hands when you're making the patty!

http://kitchenwindowclovers.com/brussels-sprout-sweet-potato-burgers/

idea from caveman keto