Veggies in the Burger

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Good evening, friends! Actually most of you are probably sound asleep right now and will be reading this in the morning...I don't think I'll ever quite adjust to the timezone difference here in California. Living in Baltimore last year probably doesn't help the adjustment at all! One coast to the other...

Anyway, I'm so happy to hear that many of you are using reusable bags! That makes me so happy - and I know the environment is happy too. If you're interested in purchasing reusable bags, check out 1 Bag At A Time - they sell many types of bags. Evan and I purchased a set when we got married: 10 non-woven polypropylene bags + one cooler bag that we use for groceries. 


Tonight I busted out my new food processor (once again!) and made veggie burgers.

I topped the burgers with spicy brown mustard, tomatoes & avocado slices - placed it all on a honey-wheat bun from Trader Joe's.

It was a new recipe, and I'm happy to report that they turned out really well! The mixture was very wet when forming the patties, so it was kind of messy. But they stayed together on the skillet and were delicious!

I served some roasted broccoli & zucchini alongside the burgers - a great summer meal! :)

Veggie Burgers
Source: Slightly adapted from All Recipes

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 small onion
1 large carrot
1 zucchini
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
3/4 cup rolled oats
1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 egg, beaten
1 tablespoon soy sauce
white whole wheat flour (for coating)

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Chop the onion, carrot & zucchini in a food processor until finely chopped. Add to skillet and cook for 5-8 minutes until the vegetables become soft. Sprinkle garlic powder, salt and pepper on veggies. Remove from heat and stir in oats, cheddar cheese, egg and soy sauce. Transfer to a mixing bowl - cover and place in fridge for one hour.

Form into patties and coat with flour (by dipping patties in flour on a large plate).

Two Cooking Methods:
1. Fire up your grill (or George Foreman!) - grill for 5 minutes on each side. 

2. Place a nonstick skillet over medium heat on the stove. Cook for 6 minutes on each side. 

Yield: 2 large burgers or 3 medium


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