(Grillable) Veggie Burger

Veggie Burger

Originally from Minimalist Baker, the blogger had five (count ’em!) previous attempts at veggie burgers. I’ve tried a few different recipes myself, and while they’re always tasty they inevitably fall victim to the curse of the veggie burger, in that they fall apart if you just look at them funny. But this burger recipe manages to hold its own (sorry, pun unintended) and yields a delicious veggie patty which can be grilled or barbecued. See the original blog for a photo tutorial.

Makes 5 large patties or 10 smaller ones.

Ingredients:

• 1 cup (155g) cooked brown rice
• 1 cup (120g) raw walnuts (or substitute breadcrumbs)
• ½ tablespoon vegetable oil
• ½ white onion, finely diced
• 1 tablespoon each chili powder, cumin powder, and smoked paprika
• 1 tablespoon coconut sugar or brown sugar
• 1 ½ cups (227g) cooked black beans, well rinsed, drained and patted dry
• ⅓ cup (22g) panko bread crumbs (or GF breadcrumbs if required)
• 3-4 tablespoons BBQ sauce (make sure it’s ‘safe’ if cooking for a vegan)
• Salt and pepper

Method:

• Toast walnuts over a skillet at medium heat for 5-7 minutes, stirring frequently. Once fragrant and golden brown, set aside to let cool.
• Re-heat the skillet over medium heat. Add some vegetable oil and sauté onions for 3-4 minutes with salt and pepper. Remove from heat and set aside.
• Once walnuts are cooled, add to a blender or food processor with chili powder, cumin, paprika, salt, pepper and sugar, and blend to a fine meal.
• In a large mixing bowl, add the drained and dried black beans and mash well with a fork, leaving only a few whole beans.
• Add the cooked rice to the beans, along with the spice-walnut mixture, sautéed onion, bread crumbs, and BBQ sauce. Mix thoroughly with a wooden spoon until a moldable dough forms (if too dry, add a little BBQ sauce; if too wet, add more bread crumbs). Taste and adjust seasonings as needed.
• Divide into patties, and grill on high for 3-4 minutes on each side.
• Serve with your favourite burger ingredients.

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