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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
happiness = finding the perfect veggie burger for this summer season.
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
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!