I recently tried a recipe I found in Vegetarian Times and I would like to share it with you. I am not a vegetarian, but that magazine does have some great recipes. If you would like to get Vegetarian Times (or another magazine) for cheap then scroll to the bottom of the post and I'll show you how to get a great deal. Here is the recipe I tried:
Now or Later Vegan Burgers
- 2 Cups cooked or canned beans (black, white, or red beans, chickpeas, or lentils). Drained, liquid preserved
- 4 Carrots (1 1/2 cups)
- 1 small onion, coarsely chopped (1 cup)
- 1/4 cup rolled oats (not instant)
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley or cilantro
- 3 cloves garlic
- 1 Tbs chili powder or spice mix of your choice
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 pinch ground black pepper
- Pulse ingredients until combined, but not pureed. If needed, add water or the bean liquid until the mix holds it's shape. Let the mixture rest a few minutes before shaping patties. For best results chill for 30 minutes or overnight.
- Shape bean mixture into four 1-inch thick patties (you can cover and refrigerate patties for up to several hours before continuing, or wrap and freeze. Bring them back to room temperature before cooking.
- Coat bottom of large, nonstick or cast-iron skillet with oil, and heat over medium heat. Add patties, and cook 3 to 5 minutes or until browned on 1 side. Turn carefully and cook 3 to 5 minutes more or until firm, browned, and crisp in places.
My thoughts on the recipe
I used black beans and cilantro. The burgers were good, but not something I would repeat simply because it was messy to make and it wasn't one of the families favorite dinners. That said, they were very good and a great way to get your kids to eat some veggies if they normally do not! If I made them again I would cut back on the garlic a bit and make the patties thinner. The 1 inch patties were just too thick to turn easily. I would make 6-8 patties out of the recipe instead of the recommended 4. These were vegan burgers so I may try a vegetarian version next time. I think an egg would really help hold them together.
To Get Vegetarian Times
If you would like Vegetarian Times then start at Mr. Rebates. After you sign into your account there, use their link to go to magazines.com. That will give you an additional 30% rebate off of the price and sometimes it also gives you an extra coupon code. Right now you can get Vegetarian Times for $12 and you will get $3.60 back via the Mr. Rebates rebate. That makes your final price only $8.40 for the year. Vegetarian Times has some great recipes to use your garden goodies!