I didn't really have high hopes for this recipe once I had all the ingredients together in a bowl. The veggie burgers I often eat are NOT made with beans, but all vegetables. I did not pay attention to this fact until I started going through the ingredients of the pre-packaged garden burgers I had lying in the freezer. Sometimes I do like to do things "ass backwards" and yeah, sometimes I don't pay attention to what I put in my mouth. I eat pre-packaged veggie burgers because they are easy, low in calories, slip in my purse and can be microwaved quickly, so I admit this, as I hang my head in shame.
Now, after tasting these veggie burgers, I was very pleasantly surprised. They were delicious and had a bit of heat to them from the Jalapeno. My daughter said they were awesome and I don't think she is a big fan of the veggie burger. I used Guy Fieri's Morgan's Veggie Burger recipe, which received a 5 star rating with 81 reviewers. I personally, do not use condiments, so you'll see by the photo, that there were none added to the burger. I also used a light burger bun at 80 calories and omitted the olive oil in the recipe, which I am sure would have added more flavor, but I promise you, these are good.
I cooked the vegetables in olive oil cooking spray and when I formed the patties to grill, I used olive oil cooking spray as well. I also adjusted the recipe according to the usage of a full can of beans, the recipe calls for just 4 ounces and all the beans I used came in 15.5 ounce cans and I just can't think of wasting anything. The chances of me using the rest of the beans before they spoil, is not realistic. So, I used up everything. I grilled them and froze what I did not use. The recipe called for sage or chili flakes but instead I used of Essence of Emeril. Not because I didn't have sage or chili flakes...they were somewhere in the house...I just could not find them. They will magically appear when I get home tonight. I can promise you that.
I really do think you can adjust and play with seasonings and make these burgers your own...they really are good and the best part, vegetarian and healthy.
2 ounces olive oil
3 tablespoons diced red onion
2 tablespoons diced black olives
2 tablespoons diced red bell peppers
1 teaspoon diced jalapeno
1 1/2 tablespoons diced garlic
1 tablespoon diced artichoke
4 ounces black beans, drained
4 ounces chickpeas, drained
4 ounces white beans, drained
6 ounces rolled oats
1/2 teaspoon Hungarian paprika
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley leaves
1/2 teaspoon red chili flakes
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon celery salt
1/4 teaspoon ground sage
2 tablespoons seasoned bread crumbs
In a medium saute pan over medium heat, add 1-ounce olive oil and all raw vegetables except beans. Saute until translucent. Remove and cool.
Add veggies to beans and mix thoroughly. Add all dry ingredients along with the egg. Thoroughly mix all ingredients and form into 4 patties, cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
In saute pan add 1-ounce olive oil, and cook patties 2 to 3 minutes per side.