Monday, June 4, 2012

classic veggie burger

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how do you define a classic veggie burger?
for me, it is one topped with lettuce, tomato and ketchup
one that has a bit of a bite; a mouthful of flavor & goodness. 
a burger that when you take a bite you can't help but have ketchup on your chin.
this burger was that veggie burger for me - a classic.

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the ingredients are probably far from classic, but they worked for me.
freshly grated carrot, gluten free oats, mushrooms, walnuts, sunflower seeds, garlic & dates make their way into a mighty fine burger. even the green carrot top is added for a little zing- did you know carrots are part of the parsley family? the tops are edible and are awesome tossed in salads and used in place of parsley.
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all the ingredients are tossed in a food processor and whirled until combined & shredded to the consistency specific to your tastes - beware though a chunky veggie burger may not hold together as well as a more finely shredded one. the mix is formed into 4 patties - easy.
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then pan fried until golden brown on each side and quickly baked in the oven.
if grilling you can skip the baking and cook directly on the grill.
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 i had just thinned out my lettuce patches the morning i made these veggie burger. i cannot bear to toss away my baby seedlings - i have the hardest time thinning out my veggies, i know it is imperative too create a space where the rest of the gang can flourish, but what about the little guys!

well, they got rinsed off and topped my veggie burger - micro greens!




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everything about these veggie burgers tasted like summer.
hearty & filling. the best part. they grilled really well - i brought these to my dad's house for a Sunday BBQ and they were a bit with my sister....Justin ventured out and actually tried on of my maple chipotle sweet potato burgers - and you know what? he LOVED them - give him a little time and he comes around :)
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as these did not last long enough to freeze i am not a 100% certain how they are straight from the freezer. however, i am pretty confident that they would freeze well.




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another great thing about these burgers, they are super easy to throw together.
i love summertime recipes that take minimal effort to prepare and cook.
more time for cocktails & friends!
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happiness = finding the perfect veggie burger for this summer season.
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classic veggie burger
makes 4 veggie burgers

you will need:
1 large carrot & green top
(if you don't have carrot greens substitute with parsley or spinach)
1/2 cup gluten free oats
1 garlic clove
2 dates, pitted. soaked if you have the time
5 whole mushrooms, quartered
1 cup walnut halves/pieces
1/3 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 tsp salt

assembly:

place all ingredients in a food processor fitted with an s blade. process until ingredients are finely shredded and mixture comes together. remove the blade and form 4 patties, about a half cup of mixture per pattie.

in a medium fry pan, over medium high heat drizzle about a tsp of canola oil in the pan. pan fry each burger until golden brown on each side.

bake in a pre heated 350* oven for 10 minutes - or cook directly on the grill.
if cooking on the grill, either brush the grates/burger with additional oil or grill burger on tin foil.

serve on a vegan whole grain bread with your favorite toppings!

enjoy!

Yum

42 comments:

  1. Love this combination - I will be pinning this for future meal planning. I love veggie burgers with mushrooms, it gives it such a hearty and filling texture!

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    1. Me too! The funny thing is, the mushrooms give the burger a nice texture but with all the other ingredients you don't even notice them! My sister who ate this burger totally hates mushrooms and she didn't even know they were in the burgers (sorry sa, I kinda left that out!)

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  2. i always learn something new with your posts! i did not know that carrots are part of the parsley family! that is awesome and now i will no longer toss that carrot greens ;)

    i agree with your definition of the classic veggie burger, and so does dayv! these look delicious and i can't wait to make them!

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    1. Isn't that little fun fact neat! It makes total sense the tops of the carrots look alot like parsley :) The Carrot tops seemed to have a hint of spice/zest - I loved the flavor it added to the burgers!

      For Justin the perfect veggie burger would also include veganaise & veggie bacon :)

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  3. Oh wow! These look AMAZING!!!! Yum!!!! Definitely need to try these in my summer quest for the perfect veggie burger. Looks like you've posted quite the contender! :) *HUGS*

    Sounds like you had a nice weekend. :) Hoping to get to my first BBQ soon. Jesse and I had a picnic on Saturday in the park and it was really nice. No mosquitoes yet! *hah*

    And I did not know carrot was part of the parsley family either! Love learning something new every day!

    HUGS! Have a fantastic week. xoxo

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    1. I only learn from the best (insert your name here)!

      Our Memorial Day weekend was super busy but amazing - the weather was beautiful....now only if it would stop raining!

      xoxo H

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  4. I don't think I've had my first veggie burger of the season yet - I will have to get on that! Our weather this weekend wasn't nice enough for BBQ'ing though, we were stuck inside. I didn't know you could use the carrot tops either - could you detect any taste from them in the burger - do they taste like parsley?

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    1. This would be so good paired up with your avocado potato salad!

      The carrot tops had a bit of a zesty/spice taste, they were really good and added a surprising flavor - i love having something green in everyone of my meals and this fit the bill perfectly!

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  5. I'm so excited to move home and ride my bike to your house every night for dinner...just kidding...every other night ;)

    Thanks for making some great veggie burgers for my weekend home <3

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    1. I am SO SUPER Excited too Sa! Anything and everythig for my little Sis <3

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  6. Your veggie burger is perfect. I was looking for a new burger recipe..I will make these very soon. :)
    (again...your photos are soooo beautiful)

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    1. Thanks Lysa!

      I am couting on you to come up with an amazing Raw Veggie Burger next :)

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  7. i love that you add dates and walnuts to the burgers. i know right.. veggie burgers are so easy, delicious and can be made in so many flavors! dont know why anyone would want to eat a meat one over this beauty! i dint know that carrots belong to the parley family .. we do use the carrot greens in a stir fry whenever we get some. i need some sun here first and then someone to throw me a veggie burger party! ;)

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    1. Ooo a veggie burger party, now that sounds like a good time!

      This is a 100 times better than any meat buger - but I don't have to convince you of that :)

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  8. These look great! I'm not a fan of mushrooms (which is the bane of my existence as a vegetarian) but the idea of dates in a veggie burger has me interested!

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    1. You can leave the mushrooms out and replace with another veggie or just amp up the walnuts - lentils or another bean would work too :)

      My sister who can't stand mushrooms, couldn't even tell they were in the burgers

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  9. YUMMM!! those burgers look so tasty! i love the yellow tomatoes on there too! great pop of color! thanks for sharing!

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    1. I LOVE little heirloom cherry tomatoes, I can't wait for my black cherry tomatoes this Summer!

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  10. I love this recipe! I am bookmarking it immediately so I can make it. They really do look like the perfect veggie burger!

    I totally agree with you on the perfect toppings too- although I would have to add mustard, I am a mustard fiend!!

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    1. Funny, I usually love mustard too - I think it was the fact that I had yellow tomatoes on the burger that I didn't add mustard - I am weird like that, I am all about color balance with my food :)

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  11. Looks so delicious and wholesome.

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  12. So easy and delicious! I haven't made a veggie burger on my own yet but these look so delicious and easy I will have to make them very soon :)

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    1. This was my second attempt at veggie burger making and I am totally hooked - so so easy and the possibilities are endless!

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  13. What a perfect looking burger! Came at the perfect time too my friend, I have been searching for a while :D

    Cheers
    CCU

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    1. Excellent, if you end up making these Uru let me know how they turned out!

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  14. This looks so good! I've had the worst luck with homemade veggie burgers in the past in terms of texture, but this one looks like it held up well in the pan. Also, I had no idea carrot tops were edible, I will have to try cooking with and eating them now.

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    1. This held up really well Matt, this burger I would 100% feel confident grilling with...some others not so much!

      Isn't it great, edible carrot tops!

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  15. You know I'm a sucker for a good veggie burger!! I still can't figure out how you have such lovely light in all your pictures though... maybe you're lying about living in NH, and you actually live on the surface of the sun? :)

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    1. LOL I most definitely do not live on the Sun - I am French Canadian with a good dose of Iris, I would look like a lobster :) Tanning is no where in my vocabulary, it is more like SPF 90.

      The light comes from an awesome window in our entry/mudroom :)

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  16. Everything looks so fresh and delicious! Would love to have one of these burgers right now.

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    1. Thank you!...I loved your last post of the cupcakes, they are so adorable - I am having in issue with Captcha- as in i get an big red x - I have been reading your posts and loving everyone of them!

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    2. Thanks for letting me know! I'll have to check that out.

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  17. Heather! Now I'm totally torn between making these or your Sweet Potato burgers! You are a veggie burger queen!

    I didn't know that carrots were in the parsley family, but it totally makes sense. I use the carrot tops to make a yummy pesto, but I should start giving them shot as a parsley replacement! Thanks for the heads up! :-)

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    1. Silly Girl make both!! I LOVE the idea of carrot top pesto, that sounds so amazing :)

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  18. These burgers look delicious. I had no idea they were that easy to make, well at least you make it look very easy!

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    1. They are really super easy to make - just toss in a few ingredients- veggies, a binder and somt type of grain/seed and you are good to go...if I knew how easy they were I would have been making them years ago!

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  19. I've been meaning to make a big batch of veggie burgers to keep in the freezer! I'm pretty picky about my burgers but these look great! I like the different textures from the nuts, oats and veggies. And I'm intrigued by the carrot greens in them!

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    1. I loved the "hearty" texture of these burgers - its time for me to make another batch - I just enjoyed my last maple chipotle sweet potato last night :)

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  20. WOW this looks like the perfect veggie burger! Thanks for sharing!
    xo
    http://allykayler.blogspot.com/

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    1. Hi Ally! Thanks for stopping by, I can't wait to head over and check out your blog :)

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  21. I can only say wow for this food on the photos! Recipe seems pretty easy which is perfect for me :)

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