Monday, March 16, 2015

Black Bean Beet Burger

I’m settled on this as my quintessential recipe for burger patties. They’re delicious, healthy, simple, hold together well, and look the part. Years of veggie-burger R&D has laid the groundwork for these puppies. They’re the result of much improvisation and improvement, and I’d like to share the finely tuned product.

-Beets (either 1 can of steamed beets, a full pack of Trader Joe’s steamed & peeled baby beets, or steam and peel maybe 2 large fresh beets, but that's hard), blended
-1 15 oz. can of black beans, drained and rinsed, then blended or mashed
-½ or whole onion, blended (or add onion powder)
-Few cloves of garlic, minced (or add garlic powder)
-½ cup rolled oats, coarsely ground
-½ cup vital wheat gluten
-Paprika, salt, pepper, oregano, thyme, sage (any spices of your choosing)

Mix all of these together after preparing each as specified above. Form into 8 equal patties (to conveniently correspond to the bun count in a common pack). Lightly oil a frying pan over medium heat and cook until they look done, flipping once (covering the pan helps).

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