Veggie burgers are a healthy alternative to hamburgers and are great lunch and dinner entrees. Use fresh ingredients for homemade ones. They will be much more wholesome, tastier, and have a better texture than the frozen ones from the supermarket.
Veggie burgers can be made with black beans, white beans, chickpeas, lentils, and almost any vegetable that can be mashed. Simply choose a combination of vegetables and add binders like egg whites, oats, breadcrumbs or farina. Form into patties and enjoy a creative and deliciously healthy alternative to burgers. For grilled veggie burgers include portobello mushrooms. The texture of portobellos has earned them the title of the steak of the vegetable world. Otherwise, cook veggie burgers in a skillet on the stovetop or broil them on a broiling pan in the oven.
Crumbled goat cheese goes well in veggie burgers, adding to the protein content. Protein is the one ingredient that vegetarians and are cautioned to make sure they get an adequate amount of. Goat cheese is also a great source of calcium.
Veggie burgers can be served on a variety of breads from flatbread to traditional sesame seed buns. Complete by adding healthy toppings like tomato and avocado slices, lettuce, spinach leaves, and pickles. Veggie burgers are also great with no toppings, as they contain their own healthy ingredients.
Here are two veggie burger recipes to try.
1. crumbs from one whole wheat bun
2. one teaspoon chopped garlic
3. three tablespoons of a healthy oil like olive oil.
4. one 15 ounce can of black beans, drained
5. one teaspoon grated lime zest
6. three-fourths teaspoon chili powder
7. half teaspoon oregano
8. quarter teaspoon salt
9. white of one large egg, beaten
10. one large egg, beaten.
Use a food processor to crumble the bun. Remove. Add the beans, garlic, and one tablespoon of the oil. Pulse until beans turn into a paste. Put the mixture into a bowl with the breadcrumbs. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Divide the mixture into four equal portions and shape into patties. Heat the other tablespoon of oil in a skillet. Cook the patties in hot oil for a few minutes until the edges are browned. Turn carefully with a spatula and cook about 3 more minutes.
1. four portobello mushrooms
2. two teaspoons minced garlic
3. three tablespoons olive oil
4. five ounces sliced goat cheese
5. two tablespoons butter
6. two cups breadcrumbs
7. four slices roasted red peppers
8. one-fourth cup chopped parsley
9. zest of one lemon
10. Two tablespoons fresh thyme, chopped
Place the mushrooms in a roasting pan Drizzle with the oil and sprinkle with garlic and thyme. Roast in a 400-degree oven for 10 minutes. Place a slice of pepper and goat cheese on top of each mushroom. Melt the butter in a skillet. Add bread crumbs, parsley and lemon zest. Cook until breadcrumbs are brown and spoon over mushrooms. Return to oven and roast five more minutes.