My family really likes veggie burgers. We eat them a lot for a quick and satisfying lunch. There are some good ones on the market AND some not so good ones on the market…I think we’ve tried almost all of them! I prefer to make my own veggie burgers because A) I know exactly what ingredients are going into the recipe B) I can adjust the flavors and seasonings to my liking AND C) they taste way better than store-bought! This recipe came about from looking in my pantry and seeing what I had available. You truly can make veggie burgers out of simple ingredients packed with nutrients and flavor. I served some of these burgers on thin buns with all the fixings. I ate one on a gluten-free tortilla with my favorite fixings. I know, not traditional, but it was super delicious! Get creative and have fun with veggie burgers!
1 large sweet potato (approx. 1 1/2 cups cooked)
1 1/2 cups cooked navy beans (1 – 15 oz can), smashed
4 cups baby spinach, chopped
1/2 onion, diced
2 tbsp tahini paste
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp chipotle powder (or to taste)
1/3 cup nutritional yeast
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/3 cup garbanzo bean flour (add in more for desired consistency)
Mash sweet potato and beans together in a large bowl. Add in the rest of the ingredients and mix well. Depending on how big you like your burgers, use 1/4 cup – 1/2 cup of mixture to form patties.
To bake the burgers, place them onto a baking tray, lined with parchment paper and bake in a preheated 400 degree F oven for approximately 20 minutes, or until the bottom is a nice golden color and the top just starts to color.
To fry the burgers, heat a large fry pan over medium heat. Drizzle in some grape seed oil. Once hot, fry the burgers for a few minutes on each side. If you like, you can first dredge the burgers in some breadcrumbs — this will give the burgers a bit more crispiness.
To reheat the burgers, warm them in a 400 degree F oven until warmed through — approximately 10 to 12 minutes, depending on the thickness of the burgers. Any leftover burgers, will keep in the refrigerator for a few days. The burgers can also be frozen.