Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Yummiest Veggie Burger Ever!

Call it what you want a burger or a patty, but none the less it's packed with protein and veggies and TASTE! We buy costco's frozen veggie burgers every time we're there. It's our quick throw it in the microwave go to meal. I got to thinking can I do this cheaper AND know exactly what's inside??

Without Further Ado...

Yummiest Veggie Burger Ever! {Makes about 24 patties}***

olive oil
2 tbs minced garlic
1/2 cup chopped sweet onions
2 red peppers
1 zucchini
4 carrots
2 cups mushrooms
2 ears of corns
1 bunch of green onion
2 cups kale
2 cups spinach

1 cup fresh parsley
1 cup fresh basil

1 can black beans -or fresh would be healthier

4 cups oatmeal-not cooked {I used thick rolled oats}
2 cups quinoa
1/2 cup flax meal

red pepper to taste
natural ketchup to taste
natural brown mustard to taste

***When making this I was just dumping in ingredients so you won't hurt my feeling sif you add, delete, edit the above list :)

In a big skillet add a splash of your preferred oil, I like olive oil. Add your garlic and onion. Let simmer for a bit then add your carrots as they take a bit longer than the others. When carrots are tender add, zucchini, mushrooms and red peppers. Remove from heat when veggies are all cooked. In the same pan add enough water to cook your quinoa- DO NOT clean your pan. The flavors will be helpful in flavoring the quinoa. Dump your veggies in your blender. You may have to do this in stages (At least I had to my blender is a tid bit whimpy!) Add spinach to the blender with one batch of veggie mush and kale in the next batch. Also add basil and parsley with a batch, it makes no difference which one. In a big bowl hand stir all the mashed up ingredients. Dump in your chopped green onion. Cut your *uncoocked*corn over the bowl or a cutting board and add to mixture. Dump in your black beans. {I blended mine up first-again your preference} Add your red pepper, ketchup and mustard to taste. 

Add oatmeal to thicken the texture and make the patties moldable. Also add cooked quinoa and flax meal. You may need to add more or less oatmeal. If the patties are too wet they won't mold well. I added a teeny bit of cornstarch also to thicken the mixture.

Mold {Keep your hands wet to avoid patty sticking} and freeze with a layer of wax paper in between :) I stored mine in Tupperware as I didn't want them sticking to a ziplock for instance.

Whether you leave them fresh or frozen I find cooking them on the stove top cooks them better than heating them in the microwave and they hold together better.

Add some mozzarella and avocado on top after you flip them or crinkle them over a salad. This weekend we heated some in the microwave and then broke them up over nachos before we put them in the oven on broil! YUMMY!!!

Some ingredients I will try next time:
*Butternut squash
*Sweet Potato

Let me know how you make yours or any alterations you found successful with my recipe... EnJoY!

<3 ZZB

P.S. These passed the man-meat-eating-test!! Also they are rather messy to make and require your entire kitchen! In the long run they may not be cheaper BUT you know EXACTLY what's in them :)


  1. About how many patties did this make? Approximately how long is the reheat process?

  2. About 24, but very easy to add or decrease. The reheat on the stove is about 3-5 minutes pending thickness and if you add a lid to your pan they heat faster :)


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