Friday, February 5, 2010

Spotlight Food: Veggie Burgers

Veggie Burgers... you've seen them in restaurants, but what exactly are they? Well, in this post, I will explain:
Veggie burgers are basically vegetarian hamburgers. They are made of beans, soy protein, vegetables, tofu, TVP (textured vegetable protein), etc... Because there are so many different kinds, they all taste differently! Most of the time, they taste great. In my opinion, they're even better than hamburgers! You can make them yourself, but usually its easier to just to get some from a store. From my experience, you can find them in most major grocery stores in the health/natural food section. If you don't see any there, try a local health food store. Health food stores are great for any vegetarian/vegan products you can't find in grocery stores!
Remember, if you try a veggie burger and don't like it, try a different kind. They are all different!

So, here's a recipe for homemade veggie burgers. Okay, I haven't tried it yet... (how naughty of me!) But black bean veggie burgers are usually really good. So, if you try these and their horrible, tell me! I got this off of The Veggie Table website.

2 T olive or vegetable oil
1½ c onions, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 T fresh ginger, minced
½ t allspice
½ t nutmeg
1½ c black beans cooked or canned
1½ c cooked rice
½ habanero pepper or 1 jalapeño pepper, chopped (seeds optional)
1 c bread crumbs
1 t salt
black pepper

1. Heat
1 T of oil and sauté the onions, stirring occasionally, until they soften, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic, ginger, allspice, and nutmeg and sauté for two more minutes.

2. Pour into food processor along with beans, rice, and peppers. Pulse repeatedly, until mixture is chopped, not puréed.

3. Transfer to bowl, add remaining ingredients, and mix well. Taste and adjust seasonings.

4. Shape into four patties, adding more bread crumbs if necessary.

5. Fry in 1 T oil over medium heat until crust forms, about 4 minutes per side.

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