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Adopted Motto

"Eat it up,
Wear it out,
Make it do,
Or go without."
~A Pioneer Sampler, by Barbara Greenwood~

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Vegetable Burgers ~ Using Pinto Beans

I'm sharing another healthy recipe.  Once again, from a library book. 

I think the fact that this recipe includes sunflower seeds, which we do not eat enough of, is what interested me.  We didn't get to grow them last year, but did the previous year.

As you know, I cook many recipes using lentils and beans.  I did use pre-cooked pinto beans for this recipe, and they are a softer than canned beans.  I did add an egg to this recipe to "bind" the burgers a bit better.   Either way, you could also add more organic brown rice too.
 (Just as they went into the pan)

These had excellent flavor, and the family once again, devoured them.  These would be perfect with another vegetable side such as sweet potato fries.  Yum!  However, I kind of think the recipe title is funny - they really don't have a lot of "vegetables" in them.  Maybe they should be called Bean Patties?

These are crispy on the outside, but somewhat soft on the inside.  We did not serve these on buns, like a "burger" but ate them on a plate with a fork.

Hubby topped his with home canned ketchup, but you could top it with anything really - relish, salsa, or pickles etc. 

Veggie Burger
(Source:  Are you Tired and Wired? by Marcelle Pick)
1/2 medium onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 1/2 tsp. olive oil
1 - 15 oz. can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
1/3 cup shelled sunflower seeds
1 tsp. chopped basil
1 tsp. salt
1 1/2 cups cooked brown rice

In large skillet, saute onion and garlic in 1/2 tsp. olive oil until onions are translucent.  Remove from pan.

In large bowl, mash pinto beans with back of fork.  Add cooked onions and garlic and remaining ingredients, except olive oil and mix well.  Form mixture into 4 patties.

Back in the skillet, heat remaining olive oil over medium heat.  Cook patties 4-6 minutes per side, or until evenly browned on both sides.

Servings:  4



Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

I have often wanted to try a recipe like this...but, I just don't know how many I could eat. I know The Honey wouldn't go for it.
He'd taste it...and turn his nose up to it--and there I'd be with a platter full of veggie burgers!
I should just make them once--to say I did. I think they'd be good, especially with ketchup. I love ketchup on my burger and I also like it on my beans when I eat a bowl.

I'm saving this recipe. Thanks, Pat

onesimplefarmgirl2 said...

Looks good. Probably looks better then the picture in the cook book! I make this stuff and the family bulks. They love beans but really love their meat.

Candy C. said...

They look just like hamburgers to me! Did they taste like beans or something alltogether different with the other ingredients?

Kristina said...

These did have a good flavor. The combination of ingredients helps them not taste like you are eating beans alone.