Monday, January 16, 2012

Homemade Bean Burgers

There is just something so satisfying about sinking your teeth into a big juicy burger... made of garbanzo beans and brown rice of course!

It doesn't get much worse than a store-bought veggie burger from the frozen section that tastes like cardboard and is made from processed soy. I also don't love ordering a "house made" veggie burger from a restaurant, only to have the entire thing completely crumble on the first bite. No fun!

Here is my solution to the veggie burger woes...

1 15oz can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
1 package "Seeds of Change" Quinoa & Whole Grain Brown Rice... 90 seconds in the microwave!
2 large shallots, chopped
1 large clove garlic, minced
1/3 cup curly parsley, roughly chopped
1 tsp olive oil
1/2 tsp garlic salt & pepper to taste

Cook quinoa and rice mixture according to microwave directions. Combine garbanzo beans and cooked rice in a food processor and process until paste-like.

In a saute pan over medium heat, add olive oil to heat. Add shallots and garlic and saute for a few minutes or until shallots are translucent. Remove from heat and add parsley.

In a medium sized bowl, combine prepared bean-rice mix with cooked shallot mixture. Add garlic salt and pepper and stir well.

Form into 6 patties. Reheat the same saute pan over medium high heat. Either spray with cooking spray or add a little more oil. Add your patties and cook about 5 minutes on each side, or until browned.

Make your burger as you wish! I like a little Follow Your Heat sliced mozzarella "cheese", avocado, red onion, mixed greens, shredded carrot and dijon mustard.

For your toddler, just cut into bite sized pieces as is.

1 comment:

  1. This sounds so good! Have you tried any other beans in this recipe? Just curious to see if the texture would hold up with others. Thank you!