I’ve been meaning to make veggie burgers for years now. I’m not sure how I’ve been meatless for over 10 years and I’ve still never made my own veggie burger! Well, this recipe was 10 years in the making, and it was well worth the wait. These patties are flavorful, filling, and not overly dry or crumbly. The process seems complicated, but really the whole thing takes less than 30 minutes, once your rice is cooked. See for yourself! (I used this recipe for inspiration.)
yields 5-8 burger patties
- 1 cup cooked brown rice
- 1 cup raw walnuts (I used chopped baking walnuts)
- Oil (avocado, olive, canola, etc.) for cooking
- 1/2 white onion, finely chopped
- 1 Tbsp each curry powder, cumin powder, and paprika
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- 1 Tbsp brown sugar
- 1 15oz can black beans, well rinsed, drained and patted dry
- 1/3 cup panko bread crumbs
- 3-4 Tbsp BBQ sauce
- Buns, condiments, and toppings, as desired
1) Toast walnuts in a large skillet over medium heat for approx 5 mins, until they begin to brown and become fragrant. Pour into a food processor or blender to cool, and set aside.
2) In the same skillet, heat appox 2 tsp oil; once oil is heated, add diced onion and a bit of salt and pepper for flavor. Sauté until onion begins to yellow and become translucent (about 3-4 mins). Remove from heat and set aside.
3) Return to your (now cooled) walnuts: add curry powder, paprika, cumin, sugar, and a dash of salt and pepper, and process/blend until a fine meal is formed.
4) In a large mixing bowl, mash drained black beans with a fork, leaving a few whole beans. Add onions, walnut mix, bread crumbs, and BBQ sauce. Mix and mash thoroughly with a wooden spoon until it forms a kind of dough that you can shape. Add extra bread crumbs if it’s too wet/mushy or extra BBQ sauce if it’s too dry/crumbly.
5) Form “dough” into desired size/shape (approx 1/4-1/2 cups of dough, 3/4 inch thick is ideal). In a lightly oiled skillet, heat patties for 3-4 minutes on each side, until each side is browned.
6) Put the cooked patty on a bun with desired toppings, and eat! I used vegan mayo, sriracha, tomato, and avocado.
I really can’t believe I made these myself. Despite the seemingly complicated recipe, they’re really quite easy to make, and so worth it. Happy eating!