Saturday, November 27, 2010

Veggie Burger

With a little preparation and you can make delicious veggie burgers right in your own kitchen. For this recipe I wanted to keep it simple by just combining all the ingredients together instead of having to cook the veggies before adding them to the rest of the mix, but, my husband is not big on raw onions so I sauteed the onions with mushrooms and bell peppers until they were soft and tender. When all the ingredients were combined, I shaped them into burgers ( I used a 3 ¼ -inch cookie cutter to get that perfect burger shape) and baked them. These burgers can also be fried.

I was very pleased with how these turned out. They are nutty, flavorful burgers with nice texture. Serve these in place of meat as a main entree or place on a bun along with your favorite toppings: romaine lettuce, spinach, tomato, mayo, etc. They are also perfect on whole wheat or multi-grain tortillas- folded into burritos or tacos.

The burgers

1 package organic silken(soft) tofu, mashed
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1/2 cup self-rising flour
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup onion, minced
1/2 cup green bell pepper
1/2 cup mushroom
2 tablespoons nutritional yeast flakes
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon sage
¼ teaspoon oregano
1 1/2 tsp salt

1. Preheat oven to 350F degrees.

2. Saute the onions in the oil until its soft and tender. Add the peppers and mushroom and saute for a few more minutes. Set aside to cool.

3. In a bowl, combine tofu, breadcrumbs, self-rising flour, garlic powder, sage, oregano, salt, nutritional yeast flakes, sauteed vegetables, and walnuts. Mix all ingredients together until well combined; shape into burgers and bake at 350F degrees on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper for 45 minutes or until brown, turning once. 

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