Veggie Burgers

Why would you pay upwards of 5 bucks for a package of 4 wimpy veggie burgers in the frozen food section of your local mega-mart when it’s super easy to make your own? And you can make them as substantial as you want. Darlene has become the veggie burger master lately and I guess it started with this post on her blog. There are a couple of recipe variations there for you to try but really we hardly ever make exactly the same recipe twice. The basic gist is a couple of carrots, and a medium onion (from our CSA in this case) finely chopped in the food processor, then about 3 cups of cooked brown rice whirred up for a bit, then a cup or more of nuts finely ground. And all this stuff is then combined with a cup or so of wheat gluten and/or ground oats and formed into burgers. You can bake them or fry them. For this version I also threw some kale in with the carrots and onions.

We got a ton of potatoes this year from our CSA so we’ve done veggie burgers many times with fried or roasted potatoes on the side. This recipe makes about a dozen burgers and they freeze well so pulling some burgers out of the freezer can make for a quick weeknight meal.

Though we had these burgers on homemade bread, we do often find ourselves getting store-bought buns. We’d like to make our own buns more often and this recipe is one of my favorites.

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I’ll leave you with one more veggie burger variation that we like and that’s Scott Jurek’s Lentil-Mushroom burgers.

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