Thursday, May 26, 2011

Veggie Burgers

At my mom's house, it's hard to find recipes that will feed everyone.  
We have: 
3 vegans, 
1 vegetarian, 
1 allergic to milk, 
1 who hates anything vegetable, 
and about a dozen picky eaters.  
So, we have to be creative to find something that will work for everyone, or at least that we can make variations that will satisfy everyone.  I just found a fun blog called Kitchen Belleicious and Belleicious Kids that has some great recipes that should work (or we can alter a little) to make work for everyone.

I can't wait to try these veggie burgers, and she also has a recipe for 
veggie taquitos that look amazing!

Ultimate Kid Veggie Burger
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
3 eggs, slightly beaten
1/2 cup chopped onion
6 green onions, chopped
1/2 cup carrots, minced or chopped depending on age of kid
1 small can of water chestnuts, minced or chopped depending on age of kid
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
2 cups bread crumbs (1 cup Panko and 1 cup regular)
1/2 can Mexican Rotel tomatoes, drained
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp chopped fresh basil
Place the beans in a food processor and pulse on low on and off until roughly chopped. Add the egg and seasonings and pulse until mixture resembles a chunky hummus. Place in a large mixing bowl and add the rest of the ingredients. Shape into small or large patties, cover and place in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.
Heat a large skillet or pan over medium-low heat with 2 TBSP of olive oil. Drop the patties into skillet. Cook 4-5 minutes on each side, carefully flipping. Cook in batches. Freeze leftover, cooked burgers separately wrapped if desired.


  1. Gosh, the vegans and vegetarian in your family are so lucky to have such supportive relatives! You're willing to find recipes everyone can enjoy, and that's a wonderful thing.

    In our neck of the woods, it's always, 'I don't know what you eat, I don't know what to fix," so I have to host all holiday meals that no one attends because I cook vegan and cannot tolerate the smell of cooking meat (when you don't eat it, you often get a total aversion to it), or I have to cook an entire meal, pack it up, and take it with us and deal with everyone's curiosity and fear of even TASTING it.

    It gets really old. I'd much rather belong to your family. Would you care to adopt a family of four? Thanks. We don't eat much, just the grass clippings from the weekly lawn mowing and some tree bark every now and then. ;)

  2. Excellent recipe and thank you.

    Like Gina said, I'm usually left up to my own devices. I used to be vegetarian who switched to vegan and then switched back to vegetarian with multiple allergies.